A-Z French film titles


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Nakache and Toledano had worked with with Omar Sy on a number of projects and when this extract from the life of Philippe Pozzo di Borgo's autobiography Le second souffle was worked up into a script,  he seemed to be the  perfect vehicle for the ex-gaol bird  male attendant to quadriplegic Philippe.  In Le second souffle, Abdel is a north African whose wilfulness and casual but caring attitude towards seeing to the needs of  his boss appeal to the millionaire who hates to be treated as a victim.

The film chronicles the development of the mutually beneficial relationship between Philippe and Driss (Abdel) from unlikely beginnings;   Driss is a stereotypical under-educated inhabitant of the suburbs, kicked out by his step-mother, and whose lifestyle clashes hopelessly with the luxurious, money-no-object background of Philippe.  However, as in life "le courant passe" and straight-talking, impetuous Driss starts to make life worth living again for a man who for all his money is finding it hard to reassert himself after his catastrophic hang-gliding accident.

In the same vein as Les Choristes or Amélie, this is the feel-good film par excellence with many amusing comedic moments; the film is thoroughly enjoyed by students and despite being relatively shallow in terms of the socio-cultural side,  can be studied from many points of view including what elements contribute to making a popular hit piece of entertainment. This is an interesting subject of study in that few French films achieve such popularity even within France.


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  • Detailed summary of film with verbs gapped (infinitives given)
  • Comprehensive questions on each scene
  • Character study guide with wide range of adjectives


  • Multi-tense practice tool
  • A-factor builds in practice of more complex structures
  • Direct-indirect speech exercise encourages reported speech


  • Matching quotations to themes to prepare for paragraphing
  • Essay planning guide including template
  • Essay plan and sample essay


  • Examplar scenes analysed
  • Scene analysis template


Mark schemes are provided for:

  • the gapped summary
  • character guide
  • multi-tense exercise
  • A-factor
  • direct-indirect speech exercise
  • themes exercise

Answers are NOT given for the questions which are intended to elicit an individual response.


English subtitles

French subtitles

German commentary