The Good Life France Magazine

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Published by the award winning team at The Good Life France

11 months ago

Winter 2022

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Discover France’s magical winter wonderland destinations - from the French Alps to the French Riviera. Read about the biggest bûche de Noël, Christmas log cake, in the world and see Paris when it snows. Head to the sweet village of Flavigny in Burgundy where the film Chocolat was filmed and to Rouen, the Ardèche region and Côtes du Rhône. Go gaga for gorgeous Gascony and feel festive at the colourful Christmas market of Metz, Lorraine.Toulouse, feel good films, recipes, guides and giveaways…


8 Winter Feel Good Films to Watch and LEARN FRENCH Stoke the fire and gather round the TV, popcorn et chocolat chaud at the ready. We’ve compiled a list of our favourite winter feel good films to watch and study French. We’ll start with our ‘winter warmer’ movies, before listing some Christmas classics to get you in the festive spirit! Learning through film is one of the most effective ways to study a language. Not only will you learn ‘real’ French vocabulary in context, you’ll also have great fun as you immerse yourself in French culture. Winter Warmers 1. Amélie – 2001 Amélie is one of French international cinema’s biggest successes. Following the death of Princess Diana, Amélie decides to help those around her by secretly orchestrating their lives. She soon realises she has been neglecting her own interests, and her quirky would-be lover in the process. 3. Les Émotifs anonymes (Romantics Anonymous) – 2010 Angélique, a master chocolatier, and chocolate factory owner Jean-René, are too shy to admit their love for each other. The film follows their awkward journey as their feelings develop for one another. 4. Intouchables (The Untouchables) – 2011 This comedy drama follows the story of a Parisian aristocrat and his live-in carer following a paragliding accident. A touching story about the bond formed between two men who would never have usually met! 5. Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis (Welcome to the Sticks) – 2008 Despite living a comfortable life in the picturesque Salon-de-Provence, Julie has been suffering from depression for a long time. To help his wife feel better, Julie’s postmaster husband plots a move for the family. Christmas Classics 6. Le père Noël est une ordur (Santa Claus Is a Stinker) – 1982 Two workers at a suicide prevention hotline on Christmas eve get the shock of their lives as a pregnant woman, her abusive boyfriend and a transvestite visit their offices. 7. L'apprenti Père Noël (Santa’s Apprentice) – 2010 Although Santa doesn’t want to retire, rules dictate that he must find his successor! An animated Christmas classic, follow the story of a young, shy boy in Australia who could become Santa’s next apprentice. 8. Un conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale) – 2008 A French family is caught in deep Christmas friction as the matriarch Junon asks her children and grandchildren if they are eligible to become her bone marrow donor. Are you studying French this winter? Why not learn French through news online with Newsdle? With new lessons published daily from beginner to advanced levels, you can access through their website and app! Use discount code goodlife25 for 25% off your first subscription at 2. Populaire (Popular) – 2012 Rose applies to be a secretary at an insurance firm run by Louis. Louis soon discovers that Rose is an extremely fast typer, using only two fingers. He urges her to enter a speed typing competition if she wants the job, and soon he is training her to Sète become the fastest typer in the world. 102 | The Good Life France The Good Life France | 103