I need to watch more French-language films (to maintain/improve my ability in the language).
But I generally don't like French films. Amelie, which so many people loved, I really found excruciatingly boring. Ditto for most other French films I've seen which seem to go extremely far out of their way to be 'artistic'. Even la Femme Nikita I found pretty borderline, although to its credit there were several non-boring parts in my opinion despite the abundance of very random, very 'French' parts
. Feel free to check my ratings. I don't have a lot of French-language films listed there because most of the ones I've seen I watched too long ago to give what I feel is a sufficiently accurate rating.
I don't mean to offend, and I realize there are a lot of people who really get a lot out of films like Amelie. But those just are not my thing.
Rather than just giving up on all French-language cinema though, I prefer to check if there are some actors and directors who I'd potentially enjoy more.
Also, are there French-language films out there which do not follow the typical formula of 'kind of run-down-yet-charming locale' with some people walking around, talking in mumbled speech, making food in a somewhat dirty-looking kitchen, long sections of no dialog or plot advancement, not much plot to begin with, and hardly any music in the background (and when the music does play, it's very minimalistic and spartan).
For example can anyone recommend some good French-language action films? Or suspense? Or thriller? Or adventure? Or history? Or war? Or science fiction? Or anything outside slow drama and comedy?
That would be really excellent! Thanks.