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C'est or Il est ?
"The French expressions c’est and il est can be tricky because they are synonymous but not interchangeable. Which one to use depends less on meaning than it does on grammar."
Primaire (☞imdb)
A fascinating look at the workings of an elementary school in France, where Florence, played by Sara Forestier, is a dedicated institutrice. But Florence's life is far from straightforward.

You can find my review in the Light Drama section of my Cinema pages.
La Villa
La Villa (☞imdb)
Three siblings are reunited in their father's villa after he suffers a stroke. The atmosphere is tense and relationships aren't good, but as time passes some old animosities start to soften as each reflects on their younger days in the Villa.

You can find my review in the Light Drama section of my Cinema pages.
Le correspondant
Le correspondant (☞imdb)
A rather silly comedy featuring two seriously uncool teenagers who hope to score by joining an exchange student programme. Malo gets a German Goth and things don't quite turn out how they planned.

You can find my review in the Comedy section of my Cinema pages.
Check out cinema pages
Check out my cinema pages where I've added a thumbnail selection slider to each category.

You can now easily page through the contents and select any film that interest you.
Based in Lyon this site offers 5 videos per month for free account holders. There are unlimited videos if you pay a subscription, plus other learning aids.

They are short topical videos with French subtitles. You can also add English subtitles or select a slow motion mode, although this distorts the voices and I wouldn’t recommend it.
CEFR - Levels
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is an accepted reference for evaluating a speaker's ability using 'can-do' descriptors. These descriptors are a bit formal but if you expand this post you will find a table that takes a much lighter approach.
Un peuple et son roi
Le monde est à toi (☞imdb)
Small time drug dealer in Paris sets up one final deal to fund the purchase of an ice cream vendor's licence in Spain. But things don't quite go to plan! ...

You can find my review in the Light Drama section of my Cinema pages.
Un peuple et son roi
Un peuple et son roi (☞imdb)
For many people I guess the story of the French Revolution is the storming of the Bastille and the guillotining of Louis XVI. But a great deal happened between these two events. This film fills in the gap.

You can find my review in the Drama section of my Cinema pages.
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