About french movies located in the south of france, the first influence comes from the author and filmmaker Marcel Pagnol. 1895- 1974. He was an incredible storyteller of his beloved native "midi" and he makes the seaport of Marseille and the hills of provence become alive with sounds, scents and the singing accents of the south. His books and plays have been adapted into movies and he got directly involved, as a producer or director with the The Fanny trilogy (Marius/Fanny/Cesar). Life in the french seaport of Marseille, these 3 films are part of the french cultural heritage. Wonderful characters, worth watching if you are interested in french culture and in love with the south of france.
In the 1980s two books of the series L'eau des collines "water of the hills" were adapted into film by director Claude Berri. Jean de Florette starring Gerard Depardieu and Yves Montand . Manon des Sources where the gorgeous actress Emmanuelle Beart .achieved fame in her role opposite Yves Montand
In 1990 La gloire de mon père et Le chateau de ma mère directed by Yves Robert. More recent adaptation of Marcel Pagnol autobiographical books on his childhood memories. Perfect if you want to visit les collines de Provence the hills of Provence without being there.
my best french movies in the south of france
L'été Meurtrier Cannes Film Festival 1983 “one deadly summer” directed by Jean Becker, starring Isabelle Adjani and the popular singer Alain Souchon. A dark story of revenge, for which Isabelle received the César of best actress, in high summer of the south of france. Filmed near Carpentras in Provence.
Sans Toit ni Loi 1987 “Vagabond” but literally meaning “without roof or rule”. Directed by Agnes Varda, wife of the cineast Jacques Demy, it introduced to the french public Sandrine Bonnaire and the film won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1985. The south of france beyond the postcards and in winter.
Le hussard sur le toit 1995. Directed by Jean Paul Rappeneau, filmed in Aix en Provence and the areas near Manosque, it has fabulous views of the provencal alps. The screenplay is adapted from a book by another great french author of the south, Jean Giono.Juliette Binoche is playing a romantic heroine with leading man Olivier Martinez.
Le pacte des loups 2001 “Brotherhood of the wolf” stylish film starring Vincent Cassel based on the 18th century legend around the Beast of Gevaudan, in an area of the Cevennes region full of mysterious forests and strange stories.
Hors de prix 2006 “Priceless” directed by Pierre Salvadori with Gad Elmaleh and the delightful Audrey Tautou famous for the title role in Amélie. The movie is a romantic comedy on the french riviera with its modern characters.