Living in Paris is movie heaven! The Parisians LOVE movies. Shows start as early as 9am and the last show will often be at 10:45/11pm. A matinée is a morning movie. I made the mistake of asking for a matinée ticket for a specific movie at a Festival: “Je suis desolé, Madame. On n’a pas une matinée pour ce film” I pointed at the time and, quite nicely, he told me: “Mais Madame, ce film montrera l’après-midi. Il n’y a pas une matinée” Lesson learned.
From my building front door, there are at least 50 screens within 10 minutes walking or 5 min by metro. Some are current first-run movies, some are Indies and quite a few are old classics on the big screen. Two of the companies, UGC and Mk2, have a Carte Illimitée. For 21euros a month, I can go to any film at any hour at those two Theatres anywhere in France!!
There are no dubbed movies. That would be sacrilege. A movie that has VF (Version Français) below the title is in French. One that says VO (Version Originale) or VOSTF (Version Originale sous-titres français) is in the original language with French sub-titles. Children’s movies are dubbed until 5:30pm. After that, original language with sub-titles. Maybe they think, if you are old enough to go to the movies after 5:30pm, you are old enough to read.!
If I tell a french friend s/he should see a certain film, I won’t be asked who is starring in it. They want to know who directed it. Even information on the TV about American shows gives the director of each episode.
This week, I saw Captain Fantastic with Viggo Mortenson–you see how American I am! Name of movie plus the star!!! The French would tell you “J’ai vue Captain Fantastic realisé par Matt Ross” Ross’ name will be above actor credits. I also saw Brooklyn Village. The movie had started rolling the credits when I realized the English language name was Little Men. After the movie was over, I thought it was too bad they changed the name as it had a double meaning for me. So I asked a French friend if Little Men translated would have a similar meaning. Les Petits Hommes means short men–far from the meaning for this film. Un grand homme, however, can mean a tall man OR a very important man. I now could understand the name change.
Tomorrow morning, I will hop on M4, go 5 minutes to Les Halles where there are 30 screens and see another film.