What to see à Paris

For those visiting the French capital this winter, read Cassandra's guide to the best films to see in Paris.

Le Règne Animal (The Animal Kingdom) - Thomas Cailey

As the world has become accustomed to an epidemic of mutations transforming humans into animals, François must move to the South of France to be closer to his wife Lana, affected by this mysterious ailment and sent to a specialized center. There, he and his son Émile must reinvent themselves in a world populated by creatures of a new kind. This emotionally charged story has left a mark on everyone; whether you liked it or not, it resonated deeply with audiences, evoking a myriad of feelings.

Second Tour (Second Round) - Albert Dupontel

In France, the second round of a presidential election holds immense significance, marking a crucial phase in the country's political landscape. Disgraced political journalist reassigned to the sports section, Miss Pove is called upon to cover the run-up to the second round of the presidential campaign. The frontrunner is Pierre-Henry Mercier, heir to a powerful French family and a political newcomer. Disturbed by this candidate's less polished past she is familiar with, Miss Pove embarks on an investigation as surprising as it is exhilarating

La passion de Dodin Bouffant (The Taste of Things) - Tran Anh Hung

For the past 20 years, Eugénie, an exceptional cook, has served the renowned gourmet Dodin. Over time, their shared passion for gastronomy blossomed into a love affair. Their culinary union gave birth to exquisite dishes that enchanted even the most distinguished palates. Despite this, Eugénie, yearning for freedom, never wished to marry Dodin. Determined to win her over, Dodin ventures into uncharted territory: cooking for her. This film is a somewhat free adaptation of the Swiss novel 'La Vie et la Passion de Dodin-Bouffant gourmet' (1924) by Marcel Rouff. It premiered in the 'official competition' at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, earning acclaim for its direction and was later selected to represent France for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2024.

Une année difficile (A difficult year) - Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano

Albert and Bruno find themselves in dire straits, grappling with compulsive consumption and overwhelming debt, barely scraping by with small schemes and a personal life in disarray. It's through an associative path that they both take to stay afloat that they encounter impassioned young activists deeply concerned about climate issues, driven by social justice and eco-responsibility. More enticed by free beer and chips than their arguments, Albert and Bruno reluctantly join the movement, driven not by conviction but by exploiting every action and rebellion for personal gain. Caught between ideological minimalism or its imposition, between overconsumption and contented simplicity, we confront the intricate simplicity of our future, the contrasts, and paradoxes of our time.

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