French Film Night
Soirée Cinéma

Photo of people watching a movie.

Pot luck desserts served at our Soirée Cinéma

Photo of delicious chocolate mousse with raspberries dessert at French Film Night at the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa
Photo of delicious apple dessert at French Film Night at the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa
Photo of delicious blueberry cheesecake dessert at French Film Night at the Alliance Française de Santa Rosa

Join us for a future French film night.  Watch “Les Visiteurs” (French pronunciation: ​[le vizitœʁ]) on Amazon for $2.99, or any other film platform available to you, and then join our Instructor Joëlle Pluchon, who will be hosting a film discussion group of “Les Visiteurs” on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at 5:30 pm on Zoom.  Please RSVP to receive a Zoom link at:

L’Intrigue du film: Les Visiteurs is a French fantasy comedy film directed by Jean-Marie Poire, released in 1993. In this comedy, a 12th-century knight and his squire travel in time to the end of the 20th century and find themselves adrift in modern society.

Attached below is a study guide to the medieval and modern names that you can enjoy while watching the film and as a guide for discussion.

Les Visiteurs Vocabulaire et Repliques Cultes

Past Soirée Cinéma Viewings

Film advertisement for La Vie En Rose movie with Marion Cotillard

1/24/20 – La Môme – La Vie en Rose (2007)

Édith Piaf, (19 December 1915 – 10 October 1963) was discovered on a French street corner — as a complete unknown — by cabaret proprietor Louis Leplée (Gérard Depardieu). The film captures various poignant episodes from Piaf’s turbulent life and addictions that caused her to age well beyond her years and left her barely mobile.

Drama/Biography ‧ 2h 20m  ‧  PG-13  ‧  subtitles in English

Image of movie poster for "Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis"

10/25/2019 – Bienvenue Chez les Ch’tis – Welcome to the Sticks (2008)

A French public servant who lives in Provence is unexpectedly banished to the armpit of the far North. Strongly prejudiced against this cold and inhospitable place, he leaves his family behind to relocate temporarily there, with the firm intent to come back South as soon as possible…

Comedy/Romance ‧ 1h 46m  ‧  Not rated  ‧  subtitles in English

Image of movie poster La Cage Aux Folles

6/28/19 – La Cage aux Folles (1978)

Renato (Ugo Tognazzi) and Albin (Michel Serrault) are happy that their son, Laurent (Rémi Laurent), is getting married. Unfortunately, the bride’s father (Michel Galabru) is a die-hard conservative — and Renato and Albin are rather conspicuously gay. To ensure that the marriage goes off without a hitch, Albin uses his skills as a drag performer to play mom for a meeting with the in-laws. But before long, both men learn that playing it straight isn’t as easy as it seems!

Comedy ‧ 1h 50m  ‧  Rated R  ‧  subtitles in English

Image of movie poster for The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

4/26/2019 – Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (1964)

This is the story of 16-year-old Genevieve and 20-year-old Guy who are very much in love. Her kind mother, who runs an umbrella shop, won’t hear of her marrying, particularly as Guy has yet to complete his compulsory military service. Genevieve is heartbroken when he leaves for his army service in colonial Algeria and is upset to have received only one letter from him in two months. She’s also pregnant. Her mother’s solution to this situation is diamond-merchant Roland Cassard, who has helped them in the past. He’s a kind man who agrees to raise Genevieve’s child as his own. By the time Guy returns from Algeria, Genevieve is married and the umbrella shop has been sold. Several years later, they meet again.

Romantic Drama / Musical ‧ 1h 31m  ‧  Not rated  ‧  subtitles in English