Reviews and Blog Posts: French

Blue is the warmest color

by Julie Maroh

DPL Rating:
4

I picked up Blue is the Warmest Color because I had heard the movie adaptation had won the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and because I’m something of a graphic novel junkie. While I’ve heard this graphic novel described as erotica, and admittedly some of the illustrations...

Alex

by Pierre Lemaître

DPL Rating:
3

A young woman named Alex is kidnapped from the street in Paris, held in a wooden crate in an abandoned warehouse, is waiting to die. Police Commandant Camille Verhoeven reluctantly takes the case--his wife was kidnapped and murdered, and his boss needs him to focus on new cases, not dwell...

Micmacs

DPL Rating:
5

Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet has a penchant for creating hazy and imaginatively detailed worlds focused on the adventures of outsiders, and such is the case in his film Micmacs . The French title for Micmacs literally translates to "non-stop shenanigans," which is a surprisingly appropriate title for this lighthearted revenge film....

Pierre Etaix Box Set

by Pierre Etaix

DPL Rating:
4

Inspired by the silent, slap-stick comedy of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and Harold Lloyd, Pierre Étaix (rhymes with “apex”) produced a series of short and feature-length films between 1962 and 1971 that are completely unique and utterly charming.  A series of complex rights difficulties kept his films from being shown...

The crowded grave

by Martin Walker

DPL Rating:
5
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When a much more recently killed body, its hands tied behind its back, turns up at an archaeological dig near St. Denis, France, the sole local police officer is called to the scene. Lucky for us, it’s Bruno Courrèges, star of Martin Walker’s Bruno, Chief of Police series. In this...

Minette's feast : the delicious story of Julia Child and her cat

by Susanna Reich

DPL Rating:
5

This lovely picture book introduces kids to Julia Child via her cat, Minette. Wonderful vocabulary (including lots of French words--pronunciation guide in the back), beautiful illustrations by Amy Bates, and even  great Afterword and Notes sections talking about source. This book will delight anyone who is interested in cats, food,...

Cassoulet: The French Obsession

Cassoulet

France's ancient contribution to the peasant table is now one of the most revered dishes in French cooking.

Its origins track back to the siege of Castelnaudary by the Black Prince, Edward the Prince of Wales, in 1355. The villagers came together to create a large cauldron of beans, meat and herbs to fortify their warriors — and cassoulet was born.

Happy Birthday Juliette Binoche!

Juliette Binoche in the film Blue

Born on this day in 1964, Academy Award Winner Juliette Binoche has been enchanting audiences on screen for 3 decades. Having turned down Hollywood numerous times, she has said about the roles she selects, "I want to make films that are political and social. Films with a message or an idea. Films that dare to ask."

If you didn't wake up singing the Marseillaise, c'est la vie

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The lush Loire Valley, fragrant pain au chocolat, soaring Eiffel Tower, and haute couture may be thousand miles away. A good read for the Francophile is not.

Beacoup fiction, travelogues, and memoirs abound with French and Parisian themes:

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