Picture from article about Audrey Tautou on Wikipedia by Georges Biard
It’s no secret that I love watching movies. When it comes to French movies, Audrey Tautou is one of my favourite actresses. And these are my favourite Audrey Tautou movies.
I have tried making this list without too many spoilers, but there are some – so read on at your own risk.
Movie # 1. Amélie (or Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain)
Many of you may know of this movie, and it may be an obvious choice. But I think it’s a perfectly quirky and charming movie.
Audrey Tautou plays the role of the waitress Amélie Poulain, who has a very active imagination. She is also a bit mischievous, but means well with her actions.
Throughout the movie she tries to help change the lives of her neighbours and others around her for the better.
I don’t want to give away too many details if you haven’t seen the movie yourself, so I’ll just recommend to watch it.
Movie #2. Hunting and Gathering (or Ensemble, c’est tout)
I love all kinds of movies, but I may have a soft spot for romantic films. This is one of those movies I could watch over and over again.
It stars Audrey Tautou as Camille, an artist and cleaning lady, Guillaume Canet as the chef Franck, and Laurent Stocker as Philibert, a postcard salesman.
They all live in the same building and this is how they meet. Camille lives alone in an attic apartment, while Philibert is taking care of an apartment that belonged to a deceased relative. Franck is Philibert’s tenant.
When Camille gets the flu Philibert makes her move in out of concern for her health, to the dismay of Franck. Franck and Camille are a classic example of a "will they or won’t they" couple, and it’s wonderful to see the changes in the characters throughout the movie.
I couldn't resist including the scene below, which I find very sweet.
Movie #3. Beautiful lies (or De vrais mensonges)
This is a good comedy with a touch of romance. It starts with Émilie (Audrey Tatou) passing on a love letter from a co-worker to her mother. Émilie does this to give her mother a little boost after her divorce.
Which of course would be harmless, if it was not for her mother getting excited and expecting more letters.
This means Émilie turns to writing letters herself, and funny intricacies ensue as she has to navigate the entanglements this creates.
Movie #4. Coco Before Chanel (or Coco avant Chanel)
A biographical film starring Audrey Tautou as a young Coco Chanel.
The movie tells the story of how Coco Chanel worked herself up from being an orphan to becoming a successful business woman.
This is simply a great movie. In addition to being a great story, it’s wonderful to see the effort that went into the costumes.
The movie has received critical acclaim, and won the Oscar for Best Costume Design.
Movie #5. Thérèse Desqueyroux
The movie is set in south-west of France in the late 1920s. Audrey Tautou plays the role of Thérèse, the daughter of a wealthy landowner.
She agrees to an arranged marriage to Bernard Desqueyroux, another wealthy landowner. Soon, it is obvious that her new life bores Thérèse, and she needs something to release her from it.
Since I don’t want to give away too much, I recommend that you watch the film yourself to see what happens, but I can tell you that it is an interesting movie. The trailer of the movie that I've included, will certainly give you an idea.
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