French Films for Children!
Fantastic French Films for Children
As teachers, we understand the significance of exposing our learners to diverse cultures and languages. What better way to spark their curiosity and foster language learning than through captivating children’s films in various languages? This blog post shares some of hte best French films for children. You’ll also find links to the DVDs and/or when you can find each film online. Aff links are inlcuded in this blog post.
Why watch films with young learners of French?
Film provides us with us with an authentic language resource which can transport children to a target language country. Consider the effect on children when they are able to experience the landscapes, the cities, the people and towns and by listening to natural and real use of language and voices! Using real and authentic learning materials in this way is a cornerstone of the CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) language teaching methodology. By engaging with materials that native speakers use, learners can better understand how language is naturally used in various contexts, such as in everyday conversations and daily life. This is why CLIL methodology places a strong emphasis on using authentic texts and language sources in the language learning process.
In this blog, we’ll explore some of our recommendations for the best children’s films available in French, providing you with a diverse selection of resources to enhance your language lessons and engage children and young people in a fun and educational cinematic experience. We’ve summarised some great examples and our top picks of French films for children below.
“Le Petit Nicolas” (Little Nicholas) – French
“Le Petit Nicolas” is a charming French comedy that brings to life the adventures of Nicholas and his friends. Based on the popular book series by René Goscinny, this film follows the mischievous yet endearing Nicholas as he navigates the ups and downs of childhood. With its light-hearted humour and relatable characters, “Le Petit Nicolas” offers a fun and engaging way for learners to practice their French language skills while immersing themselves in the world of childhood camaraderie and imagination. This French film is a great choice for upper primary aged children.
Click here to buy the DVD (French with English subtitles) : Le Petit Nicolas
“Une Vie de Chat” (A Cat in Paris) – French
French title Une vie de chat (A cat’s life) and English title, A Cat in Paris.
“A Cat in Paris” is a beautifully animated French film that combines elements of mystery, adventure, and charming storytelling. The film follows the nocturnal escapades of Dino, a cat who leads a double life as a pet to a little girl by day and as a daring cat burglar’s partner by night. When the young girl’s mother, a police officer, discovers the truth, an exciting adventure unfolds. “Une vie de chat” not only captivates young audiences with its engaging plot but also exposes them to the enchanting streets of Paris and the French language in a memorable way. This French film works really well for upper primary aged children.
Click here to watch on Amazon Prime. Une Vie de Chat
Click here to buy the French DVD with English subtitles : Une Vie de Chat (DVD)
“Kirikou et la Sorcière” (Kirikou and the Sorceress) – French
“Kirikou et la Sorcière,” is a beautifully animated French film for children, set in in West Africa. The story revolves around Kirikou, a brave young boy who confronts the wicked sorceress to protect his village from her malevolent spells. This film provides an excellent context for discussing themes of bravery, kindness, and the power of determination with your children. This is great choice of French film for all ages of primary aged children.
Click here to buy on Blu-ray (French & English). Kirikou et la Sorcière
Click here to buy on DVD (French) Kirikou et la Sorcière (DVD)
Set in the French Alps during World War II, “Belle et Sébastien” follows the heartwarming story of a young boy named Sébastien and his loyal dog, Belle. The film revolves around their adventures as they befriend each other and form an unbreakable bond. As war looms over the idyllic mountain village, the duo becomes involved in a mission to rescue Jewish refugees, showcasing the courage and resilience of the young boy and his faithful companion. The film beautifully captures the essence of friendship, bravery, and the indomitable spirit of the human-canine connection. This French film is a perfect choice for middle to upper primary aged children.
Click here to buy on DVD (French and English) Belle et Sébastien
Click here to watch on Amazon Prime (French and English) Belle et Sébastien (Amazon Prime)
In this wonderful sequel, “Belle and Sebastian: The Adventure Continues” picks up the tale of Sébastien and his loyal dog Belle. The story is set a few years after the events of the first film, during the winter of 1943-1944. As the war rages on, Sébastien, now a little older, embarks on a new journey to find his mother, who has been missing since a plane crash. Alongside his trusty dog Belle, and with the help of his friends, Sébastien sets out on a courageous quest filled with challenges, friendships, and the enduring spirit of hope. The film continues to explore themes of love, loyalty, and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity, all against the stunning backdrop of the French Alps. Again, a perfect French film for middle to upper primary children.
Click here to buy the DVD (French and English) Belle et Sébastien: L’aventure continue