re you planning a break to Paris, and would you like to make the kids excited about the destination before D-day?
There are plenty of films you can watch together, in order to prepare for the trip. Once you are at your destination, you can try to recognise the various places where the scenes took place:
TO SHARE WITH THE YOUNGEST ONES:
• Ratatouille, for foodies, the scene on the banks of the River Seine and the view from Montmartre.
• A Monster in Paris, the story in itself may be a bit complicated for the youngest ones, but the scene on the Eiffel Tower is worth it, not to mention the music by M and Vanessa Paradis, two of the most successful French singers of the time. It will be on the screens in the UK at the end of this month. We’d love to hear what you think about it.
• The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Walt Disney, for the medieval atmosphere and the gargoyles.
• And of course Madeline!
FOR THE PARENTS:
• Fauteuils d’orchestre [orchestra seats], for the French theatre atmosphere, and a simple feel-good romance.
• The traditional Amélie and Moulin Rouge to introduce you to Montmartre.
• Midnight in Paris for the – slightly romanticised – view of the cultural life during the Belle Epoque, and its scene in the museum of Fairground Art.
• Breathless, for Jean-Paul Belmondo, and Jean Seberg’s haircut, which inspired our dear Hermione and the Sorbonne, a classic by Jean-Luc Godard.
• An American in Paris, for Gene Kelly’s lesson in English with the Parisian kids, the introduction to cabarets, cafes and music by Gershwin.
Main image: Movie still of Paris from The
Hunchback of Notre Dame
From above: Madeline, Tristar pictures
Lovable rat, Remy from Disney's Ratatouille