It’s been 20 years since France last won a World Cup, but the country fields as talented a squad as you’ll see.
They’re equally deep in the world of movie-making, pioneering cinema when the United States was still learning how to operate a camera and churning out some of the world’s best films. So what to choose? I’m going with the gentle, classic 1956 movie short The Red Balloon — the story of a young boy and a helium-filled balloon that follows the kid around like a puppy. Key here: The boy and balloon traipse through some of Paris’s most picturesque neighborhoods, and the film’s simple (but surprisingly resonant) storyline is almost immune from language barriers. Many say the end of the film offers a poignant echo of Christianity, too. You can stream it on iTunes, Amazon Prime and other services beginning at $2.99.