Albertine Cinémathèque’s January Recommendations for Young Cinephiles

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On the Way to School

By Nathalie Charles
When it comes to finding French films or TV shows for kids to watch, the number of programs available on streaming platforms in the US can be overwhelming. That's why, each month, CinéSchool program manager and all-around film expert Nathalie Charles puts together a list of the top French content for kids and teens that is available online. While some films or series are pure entertainment, others are designed to share useful educational concepts, and more still are great for the whole family to enjoy! So, what's on this month?
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The Melies Mystery (HBO Max)

The Méliès Mystery (Le Mystère Méliès)
Directed by Serge Bromberg and Eric Lange
2021, 58 min., Rated TV-PG / Recommended for ages 11+

A documentary detailing the process of restoring 270 of the 520 lost films of pioneering director Georges Méliès. Hailed as the inventor of special effects, he shot more than 500 amazing films between 1896 and 1913. By 1923, he was bankrupt and burned his enrapturing works... Thanks to international archives and the negatives, discover his movies in their original beauty. 

Available on HBO Max.

Animated Dinosaurs

Gigantosaurus (Cyber Group Studios)

Gigantosaurus
Animated TV series / Recommended for ages 5+

Four young dinosaurs explore a prehistoric world of adventure, where the most exciting mystery of all is Gigantosaurus, the biggest and fiercest dinosaur anyone has ever seen!

Available on Disney+ | Netflix (#tip: make sure to click on "Subtitles & Audio" and select audio in French!)

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Maestro (Collectif Illogic)

Maestro
By collectrif Illogic, 2019, 2min., France / Recommended for ages 3+

Maestro is a short film that features an animal orchestra interpreting a nocturnal opera.

Available on Vimeo
You can find a video of how they made the film here.

Two children on a horse in the mountains

On the Way to School

On the Way to School (Sur le chemin de l’école)
Directed by Pascal Plisson, 2015, 1h17, PG / recommended for ages 8+

The story of four students from different parts of the world who travel long distances to attend school.

Available on Hoopla | Kanopy | SundanceNow | Amazon Video | YouTube | Google Play | Vudu | iTunes | Microsoft