Marius et Fanny

I’ve been watching so much French films… I don’t feel like my French has improved though. I’ve watched a boring movie based on a “true story” about a woman who was the personal chef to the President of France, Haute Cuisine. I gave it 2 stars, it was so boring, I should have given it 1 star… I’m too lazy to find it on Netflix and change my rating though.

Then I watched another cooking movie, Le Chef, that one was a bit better. I didn’t like it, but I didn’t dislike it either. I found it kind of bland, actually. It’s about a young man that has a real passion for cooking, but he isn’t able to become a chef like he wants, until by chance he ends up meeting his idol and becoming his sous chef, and eventually becoming an executive chef.

I also watched (in the same day), Populaire… which I think is super corny. The male actor has a very striking resemblance to actor Danny Pino, it’s crazy. It’s set in the 1950’s, and the cinematography is excellent; I’m thinking it might even be Technicolor (as the company is currently headquartered in France). Basically it’s about typing… typing and a corny romance.

That was all yesterday — today I watched Marius and Fanny. It takes place in the 1930s, in Marseille. Again, the cinematography was excellent, and again I’m thinking they used Technicolor. It’s based on the play that was written by Marcel Pagnol, the first of a trilogy — Marius, Fanny, and César. It was funny, the acting was great, especially the actor that played César (Marius’ dad). It could even be a Broadway play… even the setting looked Broadway-ish. It reminded me of a Broadway production. I liked it a lot, the ending was sad though.

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