Themed Cycles

Christmas time

Twelve films to program for a younger audience

12 films

(Re)Discover twelve films, ideal to be watched with a younger audience, during the Christmas holidays: animation films like Le Voyage du Prince or Le Grand Méchant Renard, musical comedies such as Les Malheurs de Sophie and classics like Zazie dans le Métro by Louis Malle. Two films from the Cinémathèque Afrique are part of this themed cycle and open up a window to the African continent: Wallay and Lamb.

Christmas time
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  • Young audience, Adventure
  • 2018
  • France
  • 1h25

My Family and the Wolf

by Adria Garcia

Everybody is gathered to celebrate Granny Sara’s 80th birthday at the seaside family house. It’s a beautiful summer for 9 years old Hugo. However this year, Granny Sara has fallen ill. One night, she brings together the family to tell the story of the Wolf. Someday the animal will come and take her away forever. Will Hugo manage to protect his grandma from the mysterious beast ?

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  • Literary adaptation, Comedy, Musical comedy, Young audience
  • 2015
  • France
  • 1h45

Sophie's Misfortunes

by Christophe Honoré

From her castle, young Sophie can't resist the temptation of the forbidden and what she loves most of all is to get up to no-good with her cousin Paul. When her parents decide to go to Amercia, Sophie is delighted. A year later, she's back in France with her horrible stepmother, Madame Fichini. But Sophie will be able to count on her two friends, model little girls, and their mother, Madame de Fleurville to escape from her stepmother's clutches.

  • Comedy-drama, Young audience
  • 2019
  • France
  • 1h47


by Pierre-François Martin-Laval

Forced to flee his native Bangladesh, young Fahim and his father leave the rest of the family for Paris. As soon as they arrive, they begin a real struggle to obtain political asylum, with the threat of being deported at any moment. Thanks to his gift for chess, Fahim meets Sylvain, one of the best chess coaches in France. Between mistrust and attraction, they will get to know each other and become friends. As the French Championship begins, the threat of expulsion becomes pressing and Fahim has only one chance to get out of it: to be French Champion.

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  • Adventure, Young audience
  • 2019
  • France
  • 1h16

The Prince's Voyage

by Jean-François Laguionie

An old monkey Prince runs aground on an unknown shore. Injured and lost, he is found by 12 year-old Tom, and taken in by his parents, a couple of scientists who were banished from their community because they believe in the existence of other monkey civilisations. With Tom's help, the Prince discovers a society he knows nothing about, while Tom’s parents decide to use him to prove that their theory was indeed correct...

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  • Comedy
  • 2018
  • France
  • 1h39

Adopt a Daddy

by Xavier De Choudens

Damien and his sister Melanie lived a happy childhood, yet shaken by the constant battles led by their militant parents. After the sudden death of their mother, the rebellious spark of the family went off. 20 years later, Damien is an educator in primary school. When one paperless kid is about to be expelled out of the country with his mother, he decides to tell the authorities he is the father. Soon he convinces his sister, now a fierce delusioned lawyer, and his best friend Rudy to join the fight. Together, they will do anything to help kids from being sent back in their dangerous countries, eve if it means adopting many more...

100 kilos d'étoiles - Affiche
  • Comedy-drama
  • 2019
  • France
  • 1h28

Stars by the Pound

by Marie-Sophie Chambon

Lois, 16, has only one dream: becoming an astronaut. However, although she’s gifted in physics, she has a big problem: Lois weighs over 200 pounds – a family trait she’s inescapably stuck with. Then, just when everything seems lost, Lois meets Amélie, Stannah, and Justine: three teenagers shattered, like her, by life’s tough breaks; yet ready for anything in order to leave with her for outer space…

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  • Literary adaptation, Drama
  • 2018
  • France
  • 1h49

Remi, Nobody's Boy

by Antoine Blossier

Raised by a kindly peasant woman after being found as a baby, ten-year-old Remi is brutally taken from his adopted mother and sold by her husband to Signor Vitalis, an old travelling street musician with a shadowy past. Remi sets off on a long journey through France with his new master, their faithful dog Capi and mischievous monkey Mister Joli-Cœur. From adventures to misadventures, young Remi endears himself to Vitalis, who teaches him to read and helps him discover his extraordinary singing talent. The boy learns the rough life of a travelling showman and suffers through hunger, cold and sometimes great injustice. He also learns life, makes great friends and gains a mentor and father in Vitalis. But when the clothes he was found in as an infant and a mysterious lullaby from his distant past bring him closer to his origins, Remi is suddenly faced with a new set of challenges that could reveal his true identity and change forever the course of his young life.

Le grand mechant renard - Affiche
  • Comedy
  • 2017
  • France
  • 1h20

Big Bad Fox & Other Tales

by Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert

Whoever thinks that the countryside is calm and peaceful is mistaken. In it we find especially agitated animals, a Fox that thinks it's a chicken, a Rabbit that acts like a stork, and a Duck who wants to replace Father Christmas. If you want to take a vacation, keep driving past this place...

  • Literary adaptation, Comedy-drama
  • 2014
  • France
  • 1h32


by Jean-Paul Rouve

Romain is twenty-three years old. He'd like to be a writer, but, for the moment, he's night watchman in a hotel. His father is sixty-two years old. He is retired and seems to not give a damn about anything. He shares an apartment with a twenty-four-year-old guy whose sole aim in life is to seduce a woman, no matter who, and no matter the cost. His grandmother is eighty-five years old. She's in an old people's home and wonders what on earth she is doing with stuck with all these old people. One day, Romain's father turns up in a fluster. His grandmother has disappeared. In fact, she kind of escaped. Romain sets out to find her, somewhere in his memories...

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  • Comedy, Literary adaptation, Adventure, Young audience, Classics
  • 1960
  • France
  • 1h29

Zazie in the Metro

by Louis Malle

When the mother of Zazie comes to Paris to meet her lover, she leaves her daughter with her uncle Gabriel. However the reckless and uncontrollable nephew leaves Gabriel's apartment and decides to visit Paris by subway. However the employees are on strike and the runaway girl gets Gabriel into trouble in a chaotic Paris.

  • Comedy
  • 2016
  • France
  • 1h24


by Berni Goldblat

Thirteen-year-old Ady no longer pays any heed to his father, who is bringing him up on his own. At his wits' end, Ady's father decides to send him to spend the summer in his Uncle Amadou's household in Burkina Faso, in Africa. Ady sees the trip as a holiday, but in Burkina Faso, boys of 13 are expected to be men.

  • 2015
  • Ethiopia
  • 1h34


by Yared Zeleke

Ephraim is an Ethiopian boy whose father flees the effects of drought and goes to look for work in the city. He takes his son to live with distant cousins in an area unaffected by drought. Ephraim has difficulty adjusting to his new life, but he has a constant companion - a pet ewe who follows him everywhere he goes. One day, his uncle tells him he will have to let his ewe be slaughtered for the next religious feast. Ephraim resolves to do whatever it takes to save his only friend and make his way home.

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