The French platform is not the most popular, but it offers a convincing film catalog, made up mainly of cult films. To help you find your way around, here is our selection of 8 films to discover on Salto.
Rather based on the replay and broadcast of French programs in preview, somersault still has the merit of offering a large catalog for series and film lovers. In the midst of its many French and international series, the SVOD platform also offers a wide range of films of all genres. While the saga Harry Pottera real pillar of Salto’s offer, has just left the catalog, other feature films, generally grouped into rather identifiable categories, by director or by saga, could still catch your eye.
Whether you are more of a fan of Steven Spielberg, rose water romances or SF thrillers, you should find what you are looking for in our selection of the 8 best films to see on Salto. And if you are more of a small-screen team, here is our guide to the must-see series on the platform.
Men in Blackthe SF trilogy that has remained cult
“Here come the Men in Black…” Long before his much commented slap in the face of Chris Rock during the 2022 Oscars ceremony, Will Smith was above all the star of an iconic 1990s cinema saga. Adapted from the comics of the same name by Lowell Cunningham, the trilogy Men in Black immerses us in the heart of an ultra-secret organization. Their mission: to protect the Earth from extraterrestrials and erase the memory of all witnesses who cross their path.
Dressed in suits and dark glasses, the duo Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones (Captain America: First Avenger) quickly established itself as a symbol of pop culture. Offbeat humor, an effective science fiction plot, a convincing cast and a title track sung by Will Smith himself that stays in the lead: it was enough for us to always want to see it again Men in Blackeven 25 years after the release of the first film.
99 Homesthe heartbreaking social drama
In a small American town, Dennis Nash tries to make ends meet to support his mother and his own son. When they are evicted from their home by Rick Carver, a businessman making a fortune in real estate, their life falls apart. He then begins to work for his fraudulent company, with the hope of recovering his house…
99 Homes is one of those dramas that touches the heart from the first minutes, while unfolding a breathless story. Through the story of this single father in debt, who himself becomes a crooked real estate agent and who in turn has to evict families from their homes, the film strongly denounces an entire corrupt American system. Above all, 99 Homes features a duel at the top between Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water, Man of Steel), a ruthless investor, and Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man), constantly on edge. Do not miss.
Mamma Miathe energetic musical
We grant you: you really don’t have to be allergic to ABBA and its disco-kitsch hits to want to listen to them for nearly two hours, non-stop. But at the same time, sometimes, it feels crazy, I promise. That’s kinda the whole point of Mamma Mia : lighten your heart and brighten your day with a predictable plot and cheerful musical numbers. The film will take you on a journey to the Greek island of Kalokairi, alongside Donna and her soon-to-be-married daughter Sophie. She then sends three invitations to three men, who could potentially be her father. Their return to the island with Donna will change their lives…
Meryl Streep (Big Little Lies) is breathtaking in this high-octane musical, shot when the actress was almost 60 years old. An age that does not prevent him from singing and dancing like never before. The actress even allows herself some big gaps, while delivering a hilarious performance throughout the duration of the film. just for that, Mamma Mia is the perfect musical comedy in all circumstances. The proof with Dancing Queen :
The good lifethe moving short film
Violette is a somewhat stubborn girl. When she becomes an orphan overnight, she is taken in by her rather surly uncle, a maintenance worker at Versailles. These two beings that everything opposes will have to tame each other to find common points and live better together. At first glance, The good life may seem trivial. But this animated short, which is aimed as much at children from the age of 6 as at their parents, is in reality a little gem of tenderness and benevolence.
In 30 minutes, this initiatory story delicately recounts the mourning of the attacks on children. The good life develops a luminous narration, imagined by Nathaniel H’limi and Clémence Madeleine-Perdrillat, one of the scriptwriters of the series In therapy. A sweet and humorous tale about loneliness and the strength of the family.
ET the extraterrestrialthe essential masterpiece
You’ve probably seen this adorable alien say “house phone” a thousand times, but we have to admit: we never get tired of it. Directed by master Steven Spielberg, ET the extraterrestrial is regularly considered his ultimate masterpiece, the one that brings together all the themes dear to his heart, from science fiction to childhood through difference. With this story of friendship between Elliot, a ten-year-old boy, and ET, a strange creature, the filmmaker has inspired dozens of feature films and series after him. Stranger Things on your mind.
ET the extraterrestrial has become a must, the kind that we watch every year during the Christmas holidays, warm under a blanket. And for good reason, the film develops a story of mad intelligence while offering scenes that have become cults, such as that of taking off on a bicycle. The feature film also has the merit of having revealed stars from their childhood, such as Henry Thomas (The Haunting) or Drew Barrymore (Santa Clarita Diet). Small bonus: Salto also allows you to (re)discover other Steven Spielberg classics, such as Schindler’s List Where Jaws.
Laurence Anywayscommitted romance
In the 1990s, Laurence and Fred love each other with a passionate love, the kind that lasts forever. But, when Laurence announces to Fred that she wants to start a gender transition, their whole life will be turned upside down. Together, they will have to face their own prejudices, but especially those of those around them and face a profoundly transphobic society. We spoke at length about Xavier Dolan for Mommy, also available on Salto, however Laurence Anyways also well worth the detour.
Do not stop at its almost frightening duration of 3 hours, the feature film is hypnotically beautiful and will captivate you until the end. If we can regret that Laurence is not embodied by a transgender woman, the film still has many advantages. Through this LGBTQIA+ romance, Xavier Dolan denounces daily discrimination and insults, but also offers a radiant conclusion to his heroine. Carried by the wonderful duo formed by Melvil Poupaud (UFO(s), Thank God) and Suzanne Clément (also in Mommy), Laurence Anyways is an important, solar and moving film.
The infernal Montparnasse Towerthe stupid and lunar comedy
If you are allergic to absurd humor, you can go your way. On the other hand, if you want to have a good time by unplugging your brain, you’ve come to the right place. Surely you’ve heard quotes from this really silly, but still funny movie, like “You’re cute but you’re a very small Breton” Where “Oh, that’s like a pizza four shoes”. It’s quite logical: this parody of crystal trap was a hit when it was released in 2001.
It must be said that the story of these two somewhat idiotic window washers dragged into a hostage-taking in spite of themselves remains a summit of absurd comedy, in which references to the cinema follow one another for 1h30. Obviously, some gags are more fun than others (especially since we would have done without some racist sequences) but the alchemy of the duo Eric Judor and Ramzy Bedia works wonderfully. The infernal Montparnasse Tower is especially worth the detour for their hilarious, lunar and totally extravagant performance, which has remained cult in French cinema.
One daythe romantic comedy gnan gnan (but still good)
We end this selection with a film in rose water, which celebrates love despite everything: one had to be one. Adapted from the best-selling book by David Nicholls, One day focuses on the crazy story of Emma and Dexter, two students who will not stop crossing paths, every July 15, for 20 years. During these two decades, they will separate, hate each other, and finally appreciate each other in a great story of love and friendship.
Said like that, it sounds very gnan gnan, and we’re not going to lie to you: it is. One day, it’s that kind of romantic comedy from the 2010s filled with inspirational quotes and sequences to make you cry in the cottage. But, when Dexter and Emma are respectively embodied by the formidable Jim Sturgess (CloudAtlas) and Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises), inevitably, our soft little heart begins to melt. Without being the film of the century, One day remains an excellent romantic comedy, with an unexpected outcome and magnificent Scottish landscapes. It would be a shame to deprive yourself of it.