Our picks of the French Film Festival 2023 - The Retrospectives

Every film we chose for the 2023 French Film Festival was fantastic! Choosing the best one becomes increasingly challenging.

This is the list of the five festival retrospectives that we would choose if we have to narrow the selection down to just 5 highlighted films.


Taxi is a 1998 French action comedy film. A '70s-style car chase through the streets of Marseilles.

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The Queen Margot [La Reine Margot]

“Thrillingly savage!” – Time Out New York
The film tells the story of Margot of France, a Catholic princess who is forced into marriage with the Protestant Henry of Navarre as a type of peace treaty between France and Navarre during the contentious period known as the “Wars of Religion.”

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The Lover [L’Amant]

The Lover (French: L'Amant) is a 1992 romantic drama film based on the semi-autobiographical 1984 novel of the same name by Marguerite Duras, the film details the illicit affair between a teenage French girl and a wealthy Chinese man in 1929 French Indochina. The protagonist is portrayed by actress Jane March and her lover is portrayed by actor Tony Leung Ka-fai. The film also features Jeanne Moreau as a narrator.

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The 400 Blows [Les Quatre cents coups]

The 400 Blows earned François Truffaut the Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival, it was one of the movies to ignite the French New Wave.
The somewhat autobiographical tale follows 12-year-old Doinel (played by Jean-Pierre Léaud) as he tries to thrive despite his distant mother and father.

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And God Created Woman [Et Dieu créa la femme]

The astounding success of Roger Vadim’s And God Created Woman revolutionized the foreign film market and turned Brigitte Bardot into an international star.

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Check our full programme for Hong Kong French Film Festival 2023! 


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