Best Chrisophe Honoré Movies, Ranked

Christophe Honoré is known for the way he depicts complicated and distracted protagonists, especially if they are LGBTQ+. A former novelist, he builds his films with a balance of tragedy and love. He has an eclectic love for all forms of art, which comes through in each character, scene, and story. As the stories of all types of people unfold, the sorrow and fears of coming out, battling AIDS/HIV, and love are palpable. Honoré stands out for showing the reality of love and tragedy without romanticizing the tragedies queer people face.

In an interview with Crash, he discusses his influences: “My cinephilia passed through a few different phases. I’m from a small village in Brittany where film was not readily available when I was in elementary and high school… I started a film club in high school, where I showed Tenue de Soirée by Bertrand Blier and Thérèse by Alain Cavalier.” For many who are geographically isolated, literature and film are imaginative highways to the outside world. They are a territory full of freedom and expression where the blanks are filled. Honoré’s films bridge the gap of tragedy and truth brilliantly. Here are his best movies.


9 Le Lyceen (Winter Boy)

Honoré’s most recent film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this year. winter boy is Honoré’s most autobiographical film to date. The film centers on a grieving family attempting to navigate the city of Paris. The pandemic is central to the story as both Lucas (Paul Kircher) and Paris repair the brokenness. Lucas is left to his own devices as his brother, Quentin (Vincent Lacoste) and mother, Isabelle (played by Juliette Binoche) isolate themselves with their grief. Le Lyceen will premiere in theaters in November 2022.

8 Les Malheurs de Sophie (Sophie’s Misfortunes)

Based on the novel of the same name, Honoré shifts his focus to a children’s book adaptation. compared to The Chronicles of Narnia movies, Honoré’s film balances the light and dark found in the children’s book. Sophie (Caroline Grant) was recently orphaned and adopted into Madame Fichini’s (Muriel Robin) home. Though Madame Fichini is anything but kind, especially to Sophie who has a penchant for mischief. Paired with some cartoon animals, La Mahuers de Sophie is a fun family movie.

7 Guermantes

A heartfelt tale set in the beginning of the pandemic, Guermantes is a modern adaptation of Proust’s The Guermantes Way. The film follows the Comédie-Française Troupe who were rehearsing for a show that was canceled due to lockdown procedures. Yet, the actors’ love for art is stronger than their collective disappointment. Guermantes stands out in Honoré’s film collection because the film is like a documentary, with real moments from the Troupe, like a rumor being started due to eavesdropping. The trailer, featuring Honoré himself, is on UniFrance.


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5 Dance Paris (In Paris)

Paul (Romain Duris) has recently moved back in with his brother Jonathan (Louis Garrel) and father (Guy Marchand) after a break-up that sends him into a deep depression. Depression has various causes, from chemical imbalances to live events like break-ups or job loss. As each cause of depression varies so do their respective treatments. Dance Paris shows how those who are depressed due to life events can find the light again. For Paul, he finds his way back to happiness and love through his brother and father being by his side.

4 Les Bien-aimes (Beloved)

With plenty of flashbacks to 1960s Paris, Les Bien-aimes‘ present-day setting in London is a treat for romantic comedy lovers. Real-life mother and daughter play their respective roles in the film, adding more weight to the heartfelt and awkward moments in the film. Catherine Denevue plays modern day Madeleine, mother to Vera, played by Chiara Mastroianni. Both mother and daughter attempt to navigate romance and conflicts with each other and previous lovers. Ludivine Saigner portrays the Madeleine of the 1960s, who falls in love with someone who is romantically unavailable.

3 Chambre 212 (On a Magical Night)

Reuniting with Mastroianni, Honoré’s room 212 is especially magnificent. Mastroianni portrays Maria, a woman who reveals to her husband that she has been happy in their marriage because of her affairs. She checks into a hotel across from her home where, to her surprise, she finds her husband, Richard, sitting on the bed in the adjacent room. Except he’s Richard at 20 years old. akin to A Christmas Carolbut happier, Maria and 20-year-old Richard (Vincent Lacoste) embark on a journey of their marriage.

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2 Les Chansons d’amour (Love Songs)

In the setting of a musical, Les Chansons d’amour follows a couple who welcomes a third party. Ismaël (Louis Garrel) and Julie (Ludivine Sagneir) are a young couple living together in Paris. One night, they invite their friend Alice (Clotilde Hesme) to join them for a threesome. As quickly as they fall in love together, they fall into jealousy and control. Especially when a fourth party seems to be keen on Ishmael. This exploration of love and coming out to your family reminds us that the seemingly unconventional can be both beautiful and tragic.

1 Plaire, aimer et courir vite (Sorry Angel)

Honoré transports audiences back to 1993 Paris in the gay love story, Plaire, aimer et courir vite. Jacques (Pierre Deladonchamps) is an established writer attempting to balance his career and role as a single father while battling AIDS. He’s pessimistic, but in a charming way. Arthur (Vincent Lacoste) is an up-and-coming writer who instantly falls in love with Jacques. He sees the world as his oyster and is fearless in his explorations.

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