GUS, PETIT OISEAU, GRAND VOYAGE
Ages 6 to 10Yellowbird
By Christian de Vita, 2014, 90′, animation, in French with English subtitles
A hero’s journey with a most unlikely hero. Yellowbird is a teeny tiny orphaned bird that has never left the nest, has no family, yet desperately wants one – That is, until he finds himself leading a flock on their migration to Africa passing by Paris and Holland.
Ages 7 to 11The Painting
by Jean-François Laguionie, 2011, 75′, animation
Contains nude images of animated characters.
A château, flowering gardens, a threatening forest, here is what, for mysterious reasons, a Painter has left incomplete. Convinced that only the Painter can restore harmony by finishing the painting, Ramo, Lola, and Plume decided to go looking for him. What has become of the Painter? Why did he abandon them? Why did he begin destroying some of his paintings? Will they one day know the Painter’s secret?
MIA ET LE MIGOU
Ages 7 to 11by Jacques-Remy Girerd, 2008, 92′, animation
(infrequent mild bad language)
In this adventure movie, Mia takes us a trip across the South American landscape, and helps us discover magical creatures and the great power of Mother Nature. This lovely animated film received several awards, and is a perfect blend of suspense, humour and friendship.
L’ÎLE DE BLACK MOR
Ages 8 to 11Black Mor’s Island
By Jean-François Laguionie , 2013, 75′, animation
A sure-fire hit with would-be pirates of all ages, this film follows the adventures of one teenager who, escaped from the workhouse, sets off in search of the buried treasure of notorious pirate Black Mor. Boasting handsome visuals and a likable cast of characters, this exciting action-adventure has a surprise subplot that will appeal to girls as well as boys.
Les Malheurs de Sophie
Ages 8 – 13Sophie’s Misfortunes
by Christophe Honoré, 2016, 106 mins, feature, in French with English subtitles
Adapted from Ségur’s books, the film tells the story of Sophie who isn’t the model little girl one would like her to be. She cuts her mother’s fish into tiny pieces, just misses burning herself wading through quicklime and tortures her wax doll. In one word, Sophie is constantly up to no good!
LE CHAT DU RABBIN
Ages 11+Rabbi’s Cat
by Joan Sfar and Antoine Delesvaux, 2011, 1h40min, animation, in French with English subtitles
Have you ever seen a talking cat? A talking cat willing to convert to Judaism? Joann Sfar’s first movie, based on his comic books of the same name, uses humour to approach very controversial subjects such as religion, cultural differences and tolerance. Beware of this cat! It will make your students laugh, but most of all it will make them think!
Ages 11+by Simon Rouby, 2015, 85′, animation
It’s 1914 and 12-year-old Adama lives with his elder brother Samba in a small west African village. They have been raised to be naturally sceptical of the negative forces or spirits that live outside the community, soImage result for adama rouby the family is shocked when Samba runs away to become a warrior. Adama leaves the village soon after in order to search for him. His epic journey takes him across several continents and forces the boy to take stock of the world at large, particularly a war-strewn Europe where, it becomes clear, Samba has been sent to the front line trenches to fight. Adama is a richly animated film that deals with an important chapter in world history.
Ages 12+Once in a Lifetime
by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar 2014, 105′, feature
Image result for les héritiersOnce in a Lifetime stars Ariane Ascaride and tells the true story of teacher working in a school located in Créteil where most kids are minorities. Faced with her students’ own prejudice towards other religions and ethnicities, the professor manages to convince them to take part in a collective project about the Holocaust, an experience that enlightens.
Ages 15+Young Tiger
by Cyprien Vial 2014, 87′, feature
Many, a 17-year-old Indian boy from Punjab, has been taken care of by the French Government when he arrived in Paris 2 years ago. On the way to an exemplary integration, he divides his time between school, friends, his girlfriend Elizabeth and the Sikh temple. His life could be the one of an average teenager if he didn’t feel the pressure to send money to his parents back home…