The Red Balloon (Le Ballon Rouge)(1956)
One of the greatest children's films of all time, this much-loved (mostly dialogue-free) French movie is about a young boy and his toy balloon.
This charming, largely non-dialogue classic short film following Pascal and his balloon is a great way to introduce French language learning.Read more
Ernest and Celestine(2012)
A beautiful animation about an unlikely friendship between a big clown bear and a clever orphan mouse, from the makers of A Town Called Panic!
A sweet French film about overcoming differences, this animated film has little dialogue and is easy for young language learners to follow.Read more
Belle et Sébastien (Belle & Sebastian)(2013)
An epic tale of the friendship between a boy and a dog.
Touching on World War Two history as well as French, this adventure story unites an orphaned boy and an abandoned mountain dog as they stand up to the Nazis advancing on their village.Read more
La Belle Et La Bete(1946)
Inventive and magical French version of the Beauty and The Beast fairy tale, with effects that must be seen to be believed.
This stunningly surreal adaptation of the traditional tale will enchant young viewers, and the familiarity of the classic story will enable deeper engagement with the French language.Read more
Stunning animation about a young Sudanese boy’s escape from slave traders and his incredible and perilous journey to Paris with an orphaned giraffe.
This gorgeous animation not only aids French language learning but is also a useful resource for Black History Month. Loosely based on real events, it follows a young boy escaped from slave traders who accompanies a giraffe gifted to the king of France.Read more
When the mischievous Nicolas discovers that his parents are going to have a baby, he begins to worry about what that means for his family’s future.
Based on the series of children’s books, this film brings to life the point of view of Nicolas, a young boy growing up in 1950s France who often misinterprets the actions of the adults in his world and as a result gets himself and his friends into all sorts of scrapes!Read more
Carlitos y el campo de los sueños (Carlitos and the Chance of a Lifetime)(2008)
Sweet-natured Spanish film about a talented young footballer whose plans go awry when prospective parents visit the orphanage where he is living.
In this Spanish film, football-obsessed orphan Carlitos nearly sabotages his chances of adoption through his devotion to the game! A fun and accessible way to engage with the Spanish language.Read more
El Juego (The Game)(2014)
Spanish short film about a young girl playing a game with instructions that become more challenging as she goes on.
This short film centres around a mysterious game where a young girl must follow instructions in order to reveal a secret message. A great watch for pupils to reinforce Spanish vocabulary around directions.Read more
Max Minsky and Me (Max Minsky und Ich)(2007)
German language comedy about a bookish girl who enlists the help of the boy next door to make it onto her school basketball team.
This gentle German comedy about Nelly, a girl who schemes to meet her hero by making it onto her school basketball team also deals with the issues of growing up, as Nelly faces up to her bat mitzvah.Read more
Unusual and haunting documentary following a fisherman's bid to keep alive the bond with his son despite the distance and culture that divide them.
A beautiful, thoughtfully paced Spanish language film about a young boy who spends the summers with his fisherman father in a remote hut in Mexico. Adjusting to a different pace of life, the boy bonds with his father and grandfather and makes a strong connection to the natural world that surrounds him. With little dialogue, this film is a gentle introduction to the language.Read more
Tender-hearted Spanish-language drama about an eight-year-old boy who dreams of becoming an astronaut.
This Argentinian comedy is set in the 1960s and focuses on a young boy who is desperate to have a family just like those of his friends – but his father keeps bringing back women that Valentin isn’t sure will fit the bill as a new mother.Read more
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