Do you "voir un film" or do you "regarder un film"?

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David

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27 January 2018

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Do you "voir un film" or do you "regarder un film"?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Pour + infinitive = In order to"

Chris

Kwiziq community member

29 January 2018

29/01/18

For once, this is exactly as in English (you don't get lucky very often ;)): Je vais voir un film -- I am going to see a movie. Je vais regarder un film -- I am going to watch a movie. -- Chris (not a native speaker).

David

Kwiziq community member

29 January 2018

29/01/18

Thanks Chris - so either are OK to use. - I suppose in English you normally see a movie in a cinema, but watch a movie on TV - but it's a fine distinction. David

Chris

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30 January 2018

30/01/18

I am not aware that this distinction carries over to French. But that certainly is a fine point which needs the input of a native speaker. -- Chris.

steven

Kwiziq community member

11 April 2018

11/04/18

According to Duolingo, "regarder" is used with more intent while "voir" is used more passively

Elle va voir la ville - She's going to see the city

Le chat regarde le poisson - The cat is (actively) watching the fish 

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

1 September 2018

1/09/18

Just to add to this excellent discussion you could only say:

"Je suis en train de regarder un film." (not voir here).

It's the same distinction as-

 To hear (entendre) and to listen (écouter) .

The former is a passive action, the latter requires input from the subject .

Hope this helps!

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