A Weekend in France: Movies
First you will need to stock the cupboards with the essentials. Popcorn and bubbly, and if the pocket book allows - go Champagne. If the pocket book doesn't allow then go for a bottle of Cremant (a bubbly from France), or Spanish Cavas are also wonderful and affordable bubbles.
Now get to poppin' that corn. Uh-uh-uh... what are you doing? Don't put that popcorn in that cheap ol' plastic bowl. Pull out that expensive crystal bowl that's collecting dust and use it! If you don't use it, someone else will. Don't let it get sold at your estate sale for someone else to enjoy - - and possibly break. It's for you to enjoy.
Do the voo-doo that you typically do on your popcorn - just be sure to be authentic - use real butter or "truffle" oil, and not the fake stuff made out of chemicals. Sprinkle some grated Parmesan cheese, and your favorite herbs. And speaking of "pop" - - it's time to pop the bubbly.
Now what movie to watch? There are many movies with French, and especially Paris themes, so the French weekend theme is endless. My personal recommendations give you a variety: from the sweet and childlike, some history, revolutions to love, and even a little bit of fantasy. They are all guaranteed to take you away...
A Good Year (2006) A British investment broker inherits his uncle's chateau and vineyard in Provence, where he spent much of his childhood. The movie is based on the 2004 novel by one of my favorite writers, Peter Mayle (See: Introduce Yourself to Peter Mayle)
A Little Chaos (2014) The year is 1682, and somewhat of a "historical" fiction. The French King of Kings, Louis XIV is putting the finishing touches on his gardens of Versailles, his royal chateau outside Paris. He makes an unusual decision and hires a woman to create the lavish gardens. If you are a fan of actor Alan Rickman, as much as I am, this is a tribute to his directing and acting (King Louis), as it was one of the last films he did before he died.
|A Little Chaos
Chocolat (2000) Might I recommend you have a lot of chocolate on hand while watching this movie - - you're going to need it. It's a sweet story about a young mother who arrives at the fictional, and rather repressed little French village, and opens a chocolate shop during Lent. And speaking of candy, Johnny Depp provides the eye candy.
Jefferson in Paris (1995) This historical and somewhat fictional film is a glimpse of life during the pre-revolutionary period in France. It shows the absurdities of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette who were simply out of touch with ordinary people, and why the people demanded change. In the mean time, our Ambassador to France, American Founding Father, principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and third United States President Thomas Jefferson was a first hand witness.
|Julie and Julia
Midnight in Paris (2011) When a Hollywood screenwriter vacations in Paris with his fiancee’s family, he finds himself traveling back in time to the 1920's at the stroke of midnight, where he meets some of the greatest artists of that decade. What writer wouldn't want to have a drink with Hemingway? If you enjoy Woody Allen's writing and directing, sans his acting, you will particularly like this movie.
|Midnight in Paris