I love contemporary French films and I just watched 'Delicacy' with Audrey Tautou and it was really cute and life-affirming, as she always manages to pull off (see 'Priceless', 'Beautiful Lies' & of course 'Amelie' and 'Mood Indigo' which comes out soon). Here's a few other french films I've loved spanning stories of revolution, heartbreak, prison, communism, locked-in-syndrome and love:
and I really want to see these:
Amour won Best Film not in the English Language & Emmanuelle Riva Best Actress at the Baftas & is up for an oscar tonight....
and another film with Audrey Tautou where she moves to the country, gets bored and poisons her husband! (How's your french? I couldn't find an english subtitled version!)
Also really want to see, these others that I missed:
paris, sarah's key, 8 women, the class, rust and bone, delicatessen, umbrellas of cherbourg, a bout de souffle, l'homme du train, belle de jour, little white lies, love like poison
and then basically all these listed in the Top 100 French Films by Time Out Paris.
Vive le Films Francais!