Movie reviews: Bowling & Café de Flore

In an effort to keep up with our French, James and I have recently watched a couple French movies that I’d love to share with you!


Bowling is about the closing of a maternity ward at the small-town hospital of Carhaix, Brittany and the bowling league that some of the women who work in the maternity ward are also a part of. It sounds like an odd combo, but the movie was actually cute and really sweet. Plus there are a lot of great shots of the Breton countryside! It’s definitely a chick-flick and fairly predictable, but all-in-all a fun time.

(Bonus: we learned the saying “Les chiens ne font pas des chats” which is the equivalent of “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”. Fun!)


Café de Flore was, well…., interesting. Not really at all what I expected – I originally picked it solely because of Vanessa Paradis. It follows two families, one living in Montreal during present-day and the other living in Paris during the 1960s. It felt really long, and honestly, we almost stopped it half-way through. I kept hoping it would stick with the story during the 1960s. The ending was a bit surprising (don’t read wikipedia or you’ll ruin it!), but ultimately made sense (sort of). I can’t say that I would watch it again…

We’re also planning on watching Le Havre and Nos plus belles vacances sometime very soon!


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