Sick of the same old characters and storylines? Mix up your viewing pleasure by seeing life from the perspective of a different culture with Netflix’s impressive collection of foreign films.
You have probably already seen our recommendations for the best Korean and Spanish films. But today we are all about French films, mostly from France, but also a few excellent French-language movies from Africa.
We’ve pulled together a list of the 12 best French movies on Netflix today, all released in the last two years, so you are sure to find something that you haven’t seen before.
Anelka Misunderstood / Anelka: l’Incompris (2020)
This is a British-French Netflix documentary that delves into the life of bad-boy French football player Nicolas Anelka, who dominated both the pitch and the tabloids for 20 years. The film features interviews with Anelka himself, as well as Thierry Henry, Emmanuel Petit, and more.
Atlantics / Atlantique (2019)
A French-language film set in Senegal, it focuses on a young couple struggling with unemployment, crime, family, refugees, and ghosts from the past. At the heart of the story is the question of taking responsibility for one’s actions.
Brother / Mon frére (2019)
Directed by Julien Abraham, this French flick stars rapper MHD as Teddy, a young man sent to a youth detention facility for murdering his father, an act that he did to protect his younger brother from his father’s violence. While trying to survive inside, he must deal with what he has done.
Cuties / Migonnes (2020)
This coming of age drama stars an eclectic, young ensemble cast. It focuses on a Senegalese-French girl with a traditional Muslim upbringing who finds herself torn between her family values and the hypersexualized life of her friends and the internet.
Earth and Blood / La Terre et la sang (2020)
A gritty French action flick, the story takes shape when a young employee of an isolated sawmill hides eight kilos of a gang’s stolen cocaine at the mill. The gang shows up at the mill for a violent showdown to retrieve what is theirs and make an example of the young thief.
An Easy Girl / Une fille facile (2019)
This coming of age drama stars Zahia Dehar and newcomer Mina Farid. The latter is a 16-year-old girl that joins her cousin on a holiday on the French Riviera. She is attracted to the free-spirited world of her cousin, but is not prepared for everything that she will find.
This is a finely animated period drama set in Cambodia under the rule of the Khmer Rouge. It follows a young woman searching for the child that was forcibly removed from her some years before, and a battle to escape the influence of the regime.
Get In / Furie (2019)
This French horror film starts when a family returns from vacation to find that their babysitter and her friends have occupied their home as squatters, and legally, there is nothing they can do about it. The father and some of his shady friends decide that they will take the house back one way or another.
I Lost My Body / J’ai perdu mon corps (2019)
This is a surreal animated film that tells a touching love story, while also following a severed hand that escapes from a dissection lab and is on a quest to be reunited with its body.
Lady J / Mademoiselle de Joncquiéres (2019)
Based on the novel Jacques the Fatalist by Denis Diderot, Cecile de France stars as Madame de la Pommeraye, a woman spurned by her lover who decides to hatch a complex revenge plot. She is helped by the mysterious Lady J played by Alice Isaaz.
Lost Bullet / Balle perdue (2020)
This French action flick has a serious Fast and Furious vibe. A young delinquent gets his life back on track by serving as a mechanic for a special task force. But he is forced to defend his innocence when his mentor is killed by dirty cops.
Wandering Stars / Les étoiles vagabondes (2019)
This documentary follows French rapper Nekfeu as he builds his career and looks for inspiration, all while dealing with professional pressures and personal tragedies.