Here is a list of French and French language movies available on Netflix in May 2020. Do not forget to have a look at French series too… our list is up-to-date.
(* means that the movie has been added to the list since previous month)
10 jours en or (2012) – kids compatible – Feel good movie written and directed by Nicolas Brossette. It tells the story of Marc Bajau (Franck Dubosc), a successful traveling sales rep whose life is centered on his work. Marc is also a confirmed bachelor and a bit of a Casanova. He is at the top of his game when suddenly things start to take a turn for the worse.
A mighty team (2016) – When a fit of anger leads to a serious injury, a sidelined soccer star returns to his hometown and reluctantly agrees to train the local youth. With Gérard Depardieu, Medi Sadoun, Barbara Cabrita.
April and the extraordinary world (2015) – kids compatible – French-Belgian-Canadian animated science fiction adventure film co-directed by Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci, co-written by Ekinci and Benjamin Legrand, and starring Marion Cotillard.
*Artic hearts (2016) – A grad student tries to get closer to her professor, who studies flightless cold-weather birds, by injecting herself with a penguin’s genetic material. Avec Charlotte Lebon et Guillaume Canet
*Ares (2016) – In the 2020s, France’s economy collapses, and corporations buy its debt. Although still nominally a democracy, the corporations take control of the government and pass sweeping reforms, deregulating many industries. Among these changes, doping and human experimentation are legalized. As homelessness and unemployment rise, violent new sports are introduced. Athletes become sponsored by pharmaceutical companies, who test their new drugs on them. By Jean-Patrick Benes
Bad seeds (2018) – Comedy – Wael (Kheiron) a former street child, makes a living from small scams with his adoptive mother and partner-in-crime Monique (Catherine Deneuve). When this unconventional duo swindles the wrong guy, Victor (André Dussollier), an old acquaintance of Monique the whole picture changes. Victor is now in charge of a support organization for troubled teens, and they have no choice but to become his interim secretary and educator in order to redeem themselves.
Facing six willful kids determined to spoil all his efforts, Wael’s own personal story and inventive tricks become the key to gaining their trust – and he soon realizes that he too is given a chance to heal his past and find his place in society.
Blind Date (2015) by Clovis Cornillac – French romantic comedy directed by and starring Clovis Cornillac. The film also stars Mélanie Bernier, Lilou Fogli and Philippe Duquesne. It won the audience award at the 19th annual COLCOA French Film Festival in Los Angeles and the Best First Film award at the 2015 Cabourg Film Festival. Avec Manu Payet, Mélanie Bernier.
*Blockbuster (2018) – a comedy about a man trying to win back his superhero-loving girlfriend after she dumps him over a video he made to amuse his ailing dad.
Brother (2019) – Thrust from a violent home into a brutal custody center, a teenager learns to navigate a tough new reality and forge unlikely alliances to survive. With MHD, Darren Muselet, Aïssa Maïga.
Carbon (2017) by Olivier Marchal – On the verge of losing his business, an entrepreneur launches a carbon tax scam that thrusts him into a web of criminals, intrigue and murder. Benoit Magimel, Laura Smet.
Cezanne and I (2017) by Danielle Thompson – The movie traces the parallel paths of the lives, careers and passionate friendship of post-impressionist painter Paul Cezanne and novelist Emile Zola. Guillaume Gallienne et Guillaume Canet
Close ennemies (2018) – French Belgian drama – Imrane and Manuel, members of an Arabic crime family, celebrate their friend Nouri’s release from jail. Nouri’s contacts in jail lead them to a drug deal. Urged on by Imrane, Manuel sets up the deal. En route, they are ambushed in a drive-by that results in the deaths of Imrane and Nouri. Manuel escapes but becomes the primary suspect of both the criminal underworld and the police.
Divines (2016) – drama film directed by Houda Benyamina. In a housing estate on the outskirts of Paris, a teenager who is hungry for her share of power and success becomes a runner for a drug dealer. When she meets a male dancer, a window of opportunity offers a different kind of life. It was screened in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. At Cannes, Houda Benyamina won the Caméra d’Or. The film also was an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival in the Discovery section.
Gad Gone Wild (2017) – Gad Elmaleh’s latest One Man show is mainly performed in French In Gad Gone Wild, Gad uses personal experiences as a Frenchie in the US to highlight cultural differences with his very singular humor between both countries.
Girl (2018) – by Lukas Dhont – Lara, a 15-year-old girl who was born in a boy’s body, is committed to becoming a professional ballerina.
*Headwinds (2011) – One year after his wife Sarah’s mysterious disappearance, writer Paul Anderen takes his two children to settle in his birthplace, Saint-Malo, which he hasn’t visited for many years. His brother Alex welcomes him warmly and gets him a job at his driving school, founded by their late father. Avec Isabelle Carré, Audrey Tautou et Benoit Magimel
He even has your eyes (2016). When French-African couple Paul and Sali discover the longed-for baby they are about to adopt is white, family chaos and confrontation ensue. With Lucien Jean-Baptiste, Aïssa Maïga, Zabou Breitman.
I lost my body (2019) – Animated movie in the drama fantasy category by Jeremie Clapin – A cut-off hand escapes from a dissection lab with one crucial goal: to get back to its body. As it scrambles through the pitfalls of Paris, it remembers its life with the young man it was once attached to, until they met Gabrielle. Cesar Award for Best Original Score.
I’m not an easy man (2018) by Eleonore Pourriat – Damien, an unmarried Don Juan, finds himself propelled into a matriarchal society where he falls in love with Alexandra. To make the relationship work, Damien tries to decipher the inverted codes of this new world. With Vincent Elbaz
In the Shadow of Iris (2016) by Jalil Lespert – The wife of a rich banker disappears in Paris, and a young mechanic in debt may be linked to the abduction. However, as the case unfolds before their eyes, the investigators realise they are still far from understanding the truth. With Romain Duris
*Journey to Greenland (2016) – Comedy – Two actors from Paris leave the city to go to Kullorsuaq, one of the most remote villages of Greenland. During their stay with the Inuit community, their friendship is challenged as they learn the local customs.
Lady J (2018) – Emmanuel Mouret – Madame de La Pommeraye (Cécile de France), a young and pretty widow, who prides herself on having never been in love, ends up giving in to the tentatives of seduction of the Marquis des Arcis (Edouard Baer), considered a libertine. After a few happy years together, she discovers that he has gradually been tired of her. Broken and wounded in her pride, she begins to take revenge.
What begins like a delicate moment of debauchery ends in bitterness and revenge. Do not trust the aesthetics of the beginning.
Let’s dance – (2019) – Joseph, passionate dancer of hip-hop, refuses to enter the company of his father to try his luck in Paris. With his girlfriend Emma and his best friend Karim, he joins the Paris crew of Yuri, a famous breaker, to try to win an international competition of hip-hop. But the day of the selections, nothing happens as expected: Joseph is betrayed by Emma and Yuri, the group explodes. Collected by Remi, a former star dancer who became a teacher, Joseph discovered the world of classical dance and met the brilliant Chloe, in the midst of the New York City Ballet entrance exam. Through this encounter, orchestrating the unexpected alliance between hip-hop and classical dance, Joseph will learn to feel legitimate as a dancer and leader, and become an artist.
Much Loved (2016) – Drama – Four friends who make their living as prostitutes in Morocco deal with both the dangers and stigma that come with their profession.
Nothing to hide (2018) – Fred Cavayé – Everything starts in a cozy apartment where few couples regroup for a dinner over nice food and good wines. The ambiance is very relaxed, they even laugh at bad jokes shared around the table. It would all be nice and uneventful if they didn’t have the idea to share their smartphones, sms and phone calls, for the time of this dinner… sometimes, the truth hurts.
*Paris is us (2019) – The movie reviews the thoughts of Anna and her relationship with Greg in Paris. After some years of dating Greg has plans to go to Barcelona to work as an air traffic controller. He is unhappy with Anna’s lack of ambition while she is satisfied with her job as a waitress in Paris. Greg wants Anna to come with him to Barcelona but she initially refuses.
Phantom Boy (2015) – Kids compatible – Animated movie – In New York, a courageous detective named Alex is injured by a gangster who calls himself the Man With the Broken Face. Stuck in a hospital, Alex meets Leo, a bedridden 11-year-old who has the ability to leave his body and float around as an apparition. Like a ghost, invisible to all, he flies away and passes through walls. When the disfigured criminal threatens to attack the city’s infrastructure, Leo springs into action to help the lawman foil his evil plan.
The African doctor (2016) – a drama comedy – Seyolo Zantoko, a recent medical graduate of Congolese descent in France, struggles to integrate in a rural village, but winds up one of the most respected doctors in the region.
The Boss’s Daughter (2015) – He falls in love with the daughter of his boss when she chooses him for an ergonomic study, but their relationship attracts the rage and disapproval of everyone.
The Chalet (2018) – When friends gather at a remote chalet in the French Alps for a summer getaway, they become caught in a deadly trap when a dark secret from the past comes to light. Following a series of accidents, the group becomes paranoid upon realizing that they must be related. Thierry sets out on foot to find help. Grisly discoveries lead the friends to distrust one another. Manu reveals news that pushes the survivors to their breaking point. Flashbacks throughout the series show what happened when the family disappeared from the chalet 20 years earlier. Chloé Lambert, Philippe Dusseau, Blanche Veisberg, Eric Savin
The Crew (2016) – A successful team of armored truck robbers (Sami Bouajila, Guillaume Gouix, Youssef Hajdi, David Saracino) get pressured into helping with a large-scale robbery by drug dealers who refuse to take “no” for an answer.
Sheherazade (2018) – Zachary, 17 years old, gets out of jail. Rejected by his mother, he hangs out in the mean streets of Marseille. This is where he meets Shéhérazade. César Award for Most Promising Actor, César Award for Most Promising Actress, César Award for Best First Feature Film
*Sparring (2017) – Steve Landry, an ageing boxer with more defeats than triumphs, agrees to become an emerging champion’s sparring partner. The offer is a desperate last-ditch attempt to stay relevant. Avec Souleymane M’baye et Matthieu Kassovitz
Street Flow (2019) – drama – Directed by Leïla Sy and Kery James and written by Kery James. The plot revolves around fifteen-year-old Noumouké from the suburb of Paris who is about to decide which brother’s footsteps to follow – the lawyer student Soulaymaan or the gangster Demba.
Suite Française (2015) – British-French-Belgian romantic World War II drama film directed by Saul Dibb and co-written with Matt Charman. It is based on the second part of Irène Némirovsky’s 2004 novel of the same name. The film stars Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas, Matthias Schoenaerts, Sam Riley, Ruth Wilson, Lambert Wilson and Margot Robbie. It concerns a romance between a French villager and a German soldier during the early years of the German occupation of France.
The climb (2019) – comedy directed by Michael Angelo Covino. Kyle and Mike are best friends who share a close bond — until Mike sleeps with Kyle’s fiancée. The Climb is about a tumultuous but enduring relationship between two men across many years of laughter, heartbreak and rage. It is also the story of real-life best friends who turn their profound connection into a rich, humane and frequently uproarious film about the boundaries (or lack thereof) in all close friendships. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
* The price of success (2017) – A comedian’s relationship with his family deteriorates as he becomes more famous. Avec Mawenn et Tahar Rahim
* The wolf call – (2019) – The film is about a submarine’s sonar officer Chanteraide (François Civil), who must use his brilliant sense of hearing to track down a French ballistic missile submarine and end the threat of nuclear war.
The workshop (2017) – Laurent Cantet – Olivia (Marina Fois) a novelist from Paris, runs a writing workshop with a group of young unemployed people in La Ciotat, in the South of France. She is particularly intrigued by Antoine, a taciturn and not very sociable, young man. Antoine becomes the “black sheep” of the group. Olivia is intrigued by the character and starts searching his background until she discovers that he is immersing himself in extreme right-wing ideology. A relationship of attraction and repulsion starts and leads to a very uncomfortable situation.
The World is Yours (2018) – A small-time dealer dreams of another life but can’t afford it. To escape, he accepts one last job involving Spain, drugs, the Illuminati and his overbearing mother. Isabelle Adjiani, Vincent Cassel, Karim Leklou
To each, her own (2018) – Simone’s been in a relationship for three years with Claire but has never come out to her family. Between her crazy mother, traditionalist father and two brothers who are always trying to set her up with men, it’s hard for Simone to live openly. So when she falls in love with the great Sengalese, Wali, thanks in part to his cooking talents, it’s too much. Split between Claire, Wali and her family, Simone will have to make some hard choices.
Un + Une (2015) by Claude Lelouch – When a famous French composer goes to India to write the score for the Indian version of “Romeo and Juliet,” he meets the wife of the French ambassador and a complicated relationship begins. With Jean Dujardin, Elsa Zylberstein, Christopher Lambert and Alice Pol.
Under the Eiffel Tower (2018) – Feel good movie – After being rejected by his best friend’s 24-year-old daughter, a 50-year-old man embarks on a journey across the French countryside. With Judith Godreche and Matt Walsch.
Wandering Stars (2019) – Documentary – While navigating creative pressures and personal upsets, French rapper Nekfeu begins a global quest for musical inspiration and creates a masterpiece.
We Are Family (2016) – The family of thirteen-year-old Bastien is anything but conventional. With several marriages and divorces of both parents, Bastien found himself caught in the middle of “a number of parents” and many other half-siblings. This means many bedrooms where he and other kids spend a few nights before packing up and moving to another parent’s home. But Bastien has had enough of the arrangement. Eventually he comes up with an innovative idea where the kids will live together in one place and it will now be the adults who are doing the weekly rotations. With Julie Gayet, Thierry Neuvc, Julie Depardieu…
Wedding unplanned (2017) – When a woman discovers a wedding planner’s business card, she instantly says yes to her partner, unaware that the card belongs to his mistress. The groom becomes trapped between his bride and his lover, who is in charge of his unwanted marriage.
* Women at war – 1914-1918 (Documentary) – Marie Curie, Edith Wharton, Mata Hari, Rosa Luxemburg…about a dozen exceptional female figures take us into the heart of the Great War. What emerges from these overlapping stories is one single voice – that of all the women who fought through the horror of WWI. Whether spies, scientists, teachers, or writers, this army of mothers and wives came out of the trenches of their daily lives to bravely battle, yet today their feminist combat and patriotic drive have receded into oblivion. In 90/52 minutes of colorized archives – one film sheds light on their role on the frontlines of history during these four years of deadly conflict.
* West Coast (2016) – Four French teens from a small town who style themselves after American rappers go on an adventure to avenge a classmate. They will live their crazy last expedition. They will grow and learn.
Voila, our current list of French movies on Netflix