1. “Amélie” (2001) directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet – This romantic comedy-drama film is set in Montmartre, Paris, and provides a whimsical and charming look at the lives of the people living in the city, and is a great way to understand the French perspective on love and relationships.
2. “La Vie en Rose” (2007) directed by Olivier Dahan – This biographical drama film tells the story of the life of the French singer Edith Piaf, it provides insight into the French entertainment industry and the cultural significance of Piaf in French history.
3. “The Intouchables” (2011) directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano – This heartwarming comedy-drama film tells the story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy quadriplegic and his caretaker, and provides insight into the themes of class, race, and the human connection.
4. “The Class” (2008) directed by Laurent Cantet – This film is set in a multicultural high school in Paris and provides a realistic and authentic look at the lives and challenges of French youth today.
5. “La Belle Époque” (2019) directed by Nicolas Bedos – This comedic film tells the story of a man who hires a company that recreates the past and provides a nostalgic look at the French society and culture in the 1970s.