9 December 2003 | Ayatollah
Impeccable instruction but...
When I took college-level French last year, we utilized the "Le Chemin du Retour" film. Through the experiences of Camille Leclair, Rachid Bouhazid and his bitchy wife, and others, we were able to effectively absorb the basics of the French language, of its structure, and of the syntax thereof. As an instructional video, it's quite good. However, let's not pretend that this is fine cinema. The story is vaguely interesting, but frankly not particularly engaging. It never quite manages to rise above its "movie of the week" atmosphere. There's nothing at all really wrong with this movie, but there's nothing especially right about it either. All in all, this is a good resource for learning French, but I wouldn't recommend it for a night of serious cinematic exploration.