French art de vivre on the big screen

The Côte d’Azur is the setting for meals with friends in Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi’s film ‘The Summer House’

As part of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, UniFrance and present three compilation clips of scenes from French cinema. Part of the series ‘Love French films? Now live them!’, here we address art de vivre (the art of living) and discover the diverse regions of France and their pleasures: sun, vineyards, cooking, walks. It’s not just about cinema.

The French way of life flourishes on the big screen. In French films, characters cook, take their time, bask in the sun, contemplate the rain falling softly on the vines, walk with hair blowing in the wind... these scenes are all inspired by the landscapes, savoir-faire and terroirs of France.

Everyone wants to copy Guillaume Canet and his group of friends as they walk by the Atlantic around the Bassin d’Arcachon; or Isabelle Huppert, seated in a bistro, who exclaims “on commande?” as if it were a question of life or death; or Gerard Depardieu and Benoit Poulevoorde laughing loudly before casting a spell for the best wines (unless it’s the other way around)...

Between the Alps and Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Atlantic coast, the Riviera and Provence... French art de vivre is a bit of everything. And it’s not just about cinema.

The clips from the compilation ‘French art de vivre’ are taken from the following films:

Cycling with Moliere (External link) by Philippe Le Guay
Ava (External link) by Léa Mysius
Barbecue (External link) by Stéphan Krauth
Back to Burgundy (External link) by Cédric Klapisch
Cézanne and I (External link) by Danièle Thompson
The Sweet Escape (External link) by Bruno Podalydès
Elle (External link) by Paul Verhoeven
Paris Pigalle (External link) by Cédric Anger
In the Move for Love (External link) by Romane Boringer and Philippe Rebbot
School of Life (External link) by Nicolas Vanier
The Odyssey (External link) by Jérome Salle
Summertime (External link) by Catherine Corsini
The Quest of Alain Ducasse (External link) by Gilles de Maistre
A Sense of Wonder (External link) by Eric Besnard
Redoubtable (External link) by Michel Hazavanicius
The Summer House (External link) by Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi
The Guardians (External link) by Xavier Beauvois
Little White Lies (External link) by Guillaume Canet
Haute Cuisine (External link) by Christian Vincent
From the Land of the Moon (External link) by Nicoles Garcia
Marseille (External link) by Kad Merad
Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants (External link) by Thomas Szabo and Hélène Giraud
Almost Friends (External link) by Anne Le Ny
Just to Be Sure (External link) by Carine Tardieu
Planetarium (External link) by Rebecca Zlotowski
Premiers crus (External link) by Jérome Le Maire
Saint Amour (External link) by Gustave Kervern and Benoît Délépine
You Will Be My Son (External link) by Gilles Legrand
An Impossible Love (External link) by Catherine Corsini
To the Top (External link) by Serge Hazanavicius

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