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"The Artist," by Michelle Schwartzbauer

“The Artist,” by Michelle Schwartzbauer

(French) Want to curl up on the couch while the temperature drops outside? Here are three films, and what they meant to a French girl, from the list published earlier this week on A Woman’s Paris.

The first two, La Gloire de mon Père and Le Château de ma Mère are (not exact) movie versions of books by Marcel Pagnol (recalling his childhood) in the South of France. Actually, they remind me of my own childhood. I remember that my neighbors had the part I and we had the part II. Both will be forever linked to movie nights with the neighbors on weekends or Tuesday nights (we did not have school on Wednesdays) when we could stay up later!

The third film is L’auberge espagnole, telling the story of Xavier, a French student in economics who is told to go study for a year in Barcelona through the European program Erasmus. The program allows students enrolled in European universities or schools to study for a semester or two at a partner university abroad — I went to Berlin for a year. L’auberge espagnole was hugely successful and propelled Barcelona to be the “it-destination” for Erasmus students. This movie provides much insight on student life in Europe — it has become a real classic! L’Auberge espagnole also has a sequel entitled Les Poupées Russes in which we meet the characters again in their “adult” lives. The filming of the third installment is now complete: Casse-tête chinois takes place in New York!

La Gloire de mon Père 

Le Château de ma Mère

L’auberge Espagnole

Les Poupées Russes

Bénédicte Mahé has studied abroad many times, speaks four languages (French, English, German and Italian), and earned a Master of Management of cultural goods and activities, as well as a Master’s degree in intercultural communications and cooperation. She wishes to work in philanthropy for cultural institutions or non-profit organizations. Among her interests are drinking tea, cooking (with or without success), reading, watching TV shows, and — of course — shopping. She started her blog Tribulations Bretonnes in 2010 and has been updating it (more or less regularly) since then.

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Text copyright ©2013 Bénédicte Mahé. All rights reserved.
Illustration copyright ©2013 Michelle Schwartzbauer. All rights reserved.
Illustration copyright ©2013 Barbara Redmond. All rights reserved.