Very’s Top 5 Films Set in Paris

As Fashion Week gets ready for its last tango in Paris, we’re Frenching it up on the blog with our top five film picks set in the style capital. Expect stripes, expect Bardot, expect Tautou!

1. Amélie

Starring: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz.

Bathed in gorgeous green and yellow tints, this candy-coloured art-cinema flick stars the gorgeous Audrey Tautou as Amélie, a naive gal with a repressed childhood who retreats to a whimsical dream world to try and see beauty in life’s little things. After doing a good deed and feeling inspired, she devotes her life to the providing happiness to her fellow Parisians, but soon realises in doing so she’s forgetting what truly makes her smile.

It’s practically impossible not to fall for this heartwarming tale of love, and it’s even harder not to covet her wardrobe of polka dot dresses, clunky footwear and oversized knits. Spoiler: you will want to cut your hair into a little beatnik fringe!

2. Breathless (À bout de souffle)

Starring: Jean Seberg, Jean-Paul Belmondo.

The sixties, a frassy pixie crop and Parisian streets – these are a few of our favourite things! Cut to Breathless, the Jean-Luc Godard flick from 1960 that’ll notch Jean Seberg up there with your all-time style icons.

This French New Wave front-runner tells the love story of Michel (Belmondo), a petty criminal slash Bogart wannabe and Patricia (Seberg), an aspiring journo who gets mixed-up trying to protect her man. Cue visually stunning scenes in high contrast monochrome and mais oui there’s some seriously cool costume moments to match! Spot (and want) the effortless dresses, sailor girl stripes and major hat moments that perfectly pair Michel’s Humphrey-esque suits. Take this as cinematic evidence; when in Paris…wear Breton!

3. Midnight in Paris

Starring: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard.

“That Paris exists and anyone could choose to live anywhere else in the world will always be a mystery to me.”

– Adriana, Midnight in Paris.

What were we saying about le français fashion capital and the sixties? Woody Allen almost trumps it with this cinematic love letter to 1920s Paris – ahh, j’adore!

Indulge in a little pastel-tinted nostalgia with this time travel film (stay with us!) that centres around  a struggling writer who gets transported back to the Jazz Age to help him write. There’s Dali and Hemingway, there’s F.Scott Fitzgerald and his flapper girls, there’s Owen Wilson’s nose! Basically, an Allen script playing host to a roar of drop-waist frocks and cocktail hour beading is not to be missed – so if you’re thinking of trying out the twenties trend take a break from The Great Gatsby and watch this instead.

4. A Very Private Affair (Vie Privée)

Starring: Brigitte Bardot, Marcello Mastroianni.

Three words: Brigitte. Bardot. Beehive!

Playing a movie star hiding from persistent fans (basically, herself), Bardot embarks on an affair with an older man – making denima straw coloured hat and a guy’s shirt look oh-so sexy in the meantime. In fact, she even makes a bicycle hot – ooh la la! Her classic tousled locks and doe eyed liner remain just as relevant and stylish today, with everyone from Suki Waterhouse to Millie Mackintosh rocking the look. In fact, we challenge you to watch this film and not reach for your favourite pair of Levis, go on!

5. Funny Face

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire.

 “Paris is always a good idea.”

– Audrey Hepburn.

A shy bookish type turns fashion model in this 1957 film starring one of Hollywood’s most iconic leading ladies. It wasn’t just Breakfast at Tiffany’s that had it’s Hepburn fashion moment, Funny Face came through with iconic Audrey in timeless pieces like the Parisian trench, the roll neck sweater and some tres chic black skinnies! The photo shoot scenes throughout Paris could stand alone and dare we say it, Audrey is at her most stylish in Givenchy garments that still fall copycat today. Watch this one for ’50s frolicks, kooky dance scenes and a beautiful ending.

And there you have it – our top movie picks from Paris with love x

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Graphic design by Sasha L King.

25th February 2014
Written by Very_Lauren