So here is a cool thing. While Hollywood has been loudly entertaining your ears and eyes all of these years, France has been quietly cranking away at producing some great movies that no one has heard about . And France seems pretty ok with this, and so far you have been pretty ok with this, but maybe it is the weekend or you have some free time and want your next two hours to be awesome. Here, briefly, are three super exciting and super high quality French movies that you don’t have to wait for. They just… already exist… and are waiting for your eyes to look at them.
A thing happens. And then another thing! Then stuff is exciting! And it is all in French! Listen, I’m not here to tell you the plot. The movie is there for that. If you want to know the plot then I promise you will know ALL of the plot by the end of the movie. That is how movies work. At least this one.
That said, this movie is of the non-stop, intense excitement variety. You will be entertained! You will also likely appreciate that there are some twists. What is nice about watching movies from another culture is that they take a unique approach. Often that means they are super boring, or confusing, or I get impatient. In this case, it just means that you don’t see the twists coming and the plot feels fresh.
Oh, hey, another great little known movie with a score over 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. It also has a nice IMDB score of who the hell cares what the IMDB score is. Everything said above about Point Blank is also true of Tell No One except this one is heavier on the twists and that “whaaaaaat?” and the “oh no way” and not quite as heavy on the non-stop thrill ride high energy. Tell No One may be a thriller to Point Blank’s pure action. You are welcome for the diversity.
Oh man, I just watched the trailer again. This movie was so good and also so French. Seriously, don’t watch the trailer, just go for the movie.
Ok, best, and most impressive for last. Here we have a French gangster/prison movie with a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and a really high IMDB score that you can look up for yourself because no one cares. This is the type of movie that makes you feel smarter and fulfilled by the end. It includes a fascinating transformation of the main character, insights into racial tensions in Europe, and commentary on surviving life. This is an incredibly smart movie… but it is also “riveting” and “gripping” and “shocking” and really just all of the other words you would use to describe an amazing and intense movie.
The London Times even calls it “as epic as the Godfather” and I don’t really know what they meant by that but I think that means they liked it. Honestly, if there is one film you watch (rewatch?) from this list it should be this one. You can even have permission to watch the trailer if you don’t believe me. It is that good.
Ok, I know, heartbreak. The best movie on the list isn’t available on Netflix streaming so now you will probably never see it. As a consolation prize I want to offer you two great and very useful websites for times like these. First, is Can I Stream It. You can search Can I Stream It for any movie or show and find out where it is streaming. Who knows, maybe amazon prime video has it? Perhaps it is cheap on iTunes?
Well look at this: Can I Stream It - Un prophete
Looks like Un prophete  is availlable on Amazon instant, iTunes, GooglePlay, etc. for only $3. I understand that you are cheap and don’t want to pay half a beer for an outstanding experience. But that is also dumb.
Since I won’t persuade you to spend $3 on such a great great movie, the last thing I can offer is What The Hell Should I Watch On Netflix. No one should brave searching for a movie on Netflix alone. This site has a fun approach to helping you find great movies that are actually available for streaming on Netflix. It is also helpful just for scrolling back through recent additions to see what is good and has been recently added. Oh, hey, look, Fruitvale Station is available now, that was another great movie and What The Hell Should I Watch On Netflix tells me why and has a embedded trailer that I can click on to ruin everything. Wow, it also offers great alternatives if I don’t want to watch Fruitvale station. Hooray.
Well, that, or you will just turn off the movie and try a different one… pretty low bar for entry here ↩
Ok really the good thing about foreign movies is that you can sound educated at parties ↩
I finally understand why all movies reviews use the same tired phrases. I’ve never been so tempted to seriously call something an “edge of your seat thrill ride”, but, seriously, what else are you supposed to say to describe really exciting intense movies? ↩
Seriously, I’m saying skip the trailer even though there is free butt in the beginning. Yes. You read that right. Even though watching the trailer means you can see free naked lady butt you still should skip it. Woah. I’m as shocked as you. This movie must be great, right? (note that the free butt is also included in the full movie so you will be fine) ↩
Which of course means “A Prophet”. Man. French is so easy ↩