What about Grenoble?

Finishing high school can be stressful, especially if you know that you will have to move out on your own. Choosing where you are going to study is a big step in every young adult’s life. Thousands of French students are in that situation every year, along with international students that decide to come to France for their studies.

How do you decide where you should go?

As a foreign student, it was very hard to decide where I wanted to pursue my studies but let me tell you why I ended up choosing Grenoble.

Grenoble by night – Source


The city itself

Grenoble, also known as the Capital of the Alps, is a French southeastern city in the middle of three mountains: Chartreuse, Vercors, and Belledonne. It is also the capital of the department of Isère in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.
It is at a perfect distance from other cities like Lyon or Paris, which lets you explore France as often as you can during your studies.
The city is small enough to make you feel welcomed, but there is still a huge variety of things to do or visit!

Ski resorts
Grenoble is the perfect city if you love winter sports like skiing or snowboarding. If you have never had the chance to try them, this is also your chance to visit some ski resorts like Chamrousse or Les Deux Alpes.
It is a lovely opportunity to spend time with your friends during Winter, away from the city life.

The Bastille
It is one of the most known main sights in Grenoble. It is located on the Chartreuse mountain, and from up there, you get a magnificent view of the city and its surroundings. You can also find some really good jogging tracks and restaurants.
You are able to go there on foot, or you can sit and enjoy a ride on the cable cars and a view over the Isère, the river that crosses the city.

View of Grenoble from the Bastille – Source

Cultural activities
There are several outstanding museums in Grenoble such as the Museum of Grenoble which has an extensive painting collection, CNAC (National Center of Contemporary Art) that has several exhibitions in store throughout the year.
As of performance halls, the Palais des Sports is not very far from campus and it hosts several famous artists.
Also, one of the cinemas that I have tried and recommend, is La Nef because it will occasionally show movies with subtitles!

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Take Shelter – Movie Review

“ Insanity is the true clairvoyance ”

For his second movie, director Jeff Nichols tries and succeeds in setting a disturbing but moving atmosphere that will surely make you feel a bit anxious. This psychological drama explores fatherhood, a theme that Nichols worked on his following movies ​ Mud ​ and Midnight Special ,  but also the anxiety that arises in rural America towards the uncertain future that the people are facing and the powerlessness that comes with it.

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Lion – Movie Review

Release details
Cast and crew

Rated: Biography, Drama
Release date: 25 November 2016
Duration: 118 mins


Director: Garth Davis
Screenwriter: Saroo Brierley, Luke Davies
Cast: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Sunny Pawar

“ Hope has shining eyes ”

A true story reflecting the real reality of a world known to orphans. Saroo (Dev Patel) a 5-year-old boy, finds himself alone on the platforms of a train station, far from home in this big city: Calcutta. After a few months of loneliness living on the street, he is arrested and sent to an orphanage. Finally, he is adopted by a loving Australian family. 25 years later, he’s still thinking about his family lost in India. He needs to be reunited with his mother and brothers. Continuer la lecture de « Lion – Movie Review »

Cinema and miniature museum

For all fan of the 7th art, you’ll probably be surprised you can discover the richest cinema museum in France, managed by passionate people. This museum, located in the Vieux Lyon, will make you discover the behind the scenes of famous movies like Terminator, Alien, Men in Black  and many more through real props and accessories used in their dedicated movie!

Photo of the Museum from outside – Source: Wikipedia

From outside, this museum looks like an old French apartment in a cute little street, but once inside you will dive into another dimension. The museum is divided in two permanent exhibitions and sometimes, non permanent ones.

Cinema accessories and special effects exhibition

Through several floors, you will have the possibility to watch your favorite movies from another point of view. This entire part of the museum is a gathering of official props, accessories, dress from famous movies that you’ve probably watched! If you have already dreamt to see a real Mogwai, check the hand of C3PO or say “Sarah Connor” in front of the T-800 from Terminator, it is possible. The museum is also famous for its 3 meters high Alien Queen from Alien but this is of course only a few examples of what you can see.

Photo of the Alien Queen (Left) Hover Board from Back to the future (right) – Credit: Benoit Barre

This exhibition is really interesting and this is an amazing occasion to discover the cinema’s universe by enjoying the different props, reading some history and fun facts about movies.

Miniature exhibition

If you’ve decided to do the first main exhibition about cinema, going to this museum is a good occasion to visit the second one about the world of miniature. The last floor of the building consists of lots of different tiny scenes designed by great artists. By mixing the art of model making and scenography, artists have made ultra realistic scene and rooms that can almost fit in a shoe box !

A 30x30cm supermarket scene – Credit: Benoit Barre

I recommend you visit this exhibition as well because all the scenes are really incredible and look so real by the lights ambient and all the details. This art is also related with the cinema art and special effects before the development of 3D digital effects, when some movies scenes were designed in real life by artists to create models or landscape paintings as a background with the Matte Painting technique.

What else? 

If you want to visit this museum, the price for the entire museum is only €7.50 for students and €9.50 for adults. The museum is located at 60 Rue Saint-Jean, 69005 Lyon, which is inside the Vieux Lyon, and this is also a good opportunity to visit and explore around this beautiful quarter!

Joker – Movie Review

Joker Affiche Film

Release date: 9 October 2019
Duration: 2h 2min
Category: Thriller, Drama, Crime
Cast overview: Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck (aka Joker), Robert De Niro as Murray Franklin, Frances Conroy as Penny Fleck.

Where does the Joker come from?

Batman is a comic super hero from the DC Universe. He appeared for the first time in 1939, and became the second DC Comics super-hero after Superman. At first, he was only fighting bank robbers and other classic gangsters, but the concept of super-villain quickly emerged. Of which, The Joker, who made his first appearance in the first standalone Batman comics (Batman #1, April 25, 1940) would quickly become the most famous. He is still one of, if not, the most charismatic and frightening super-villain in the Comics realm.

Naturally, Batman would prove to be an excellent character for Blockbusters and classic movies. Two filmmakers have made some of the best super-hero movies in this universe: Tim Burton with Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992), and Christopher Nolan with Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).

In those movies the Joker made several appearances and has been interpreted by several different actors. The legend Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) who’s most emblematic role is of a hotel caretaker’s descent into madness and horror in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980). Heath Ledger in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Night (2008) who would die six months after the release from an accidental prescription drug overdose. And the last to date from Jared Leto in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad (2016), a performance which can easily be forgotten compared to its predecessors’ performances.

Joaquin Phoenix will, this time, try to interpret the Joker where he is the star and not just Batman’s antagonist.

Quick Summary

We are in Gotham City at the beginning of the eighties, a fictional city mainly inspired by New York and Chicago. Arthur Fleck is a clown in his forties trying to survive and to provide for his mother, who he is living with. He is struggling mainly due to his handicap which makes him socially awkward. He has bursts of laugher when he is uncomfortable, stressed, or afraid. In these times of poverty, unemployment, crime and social crisis, we will follow the sad downward spiral of Arthur Fleck into insanity.

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