La Vie en Rose< Marion Cotillard possibly gives the best performance by an actress that is over looked by Americans. Yes she got the oscar for best actress but I always felt like because it was a foreign film it doesn't get talked about much.
The Red Balloon (no spine #) I heard about this film from a buddy in High School. It is a beautiful french film that young children can watch. It's short, but will be a great start to begin one's journey into foreign films.