The Frog Prince (1984 film)

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The Frog Prince
Directed by Brian Gilbert
Produced by Iain Smith
David Puttnam (Executive)
Written by Brian Gilbert
Starring Jane Snowden
Jacqueline Doyen
Françoise Brion
Music by Enya
Cinematography Clive Tickner
Edited by Jim Clark
Release date
  • 21 February 1986 (1986-02-21) (U.S.)
Country United Kingdom
Language English language
Budget £896,000[1]

The Frog Prince (also released as French Lesson)[2] is a 1985 romantic comedy film written and directed by Brian Gilbert. The film was a British and French co-production and was released in the US under the title French Lesson. The story revolves around a young British girl who travels to Paris to go to college and is determined to find the man of her dreams. It stars Jane Snowden as Jenny.


The film tells the story of Jenny, a British teenager, who has left home for the first time and is going to college in Paris in the early 1960s. Soon, she is smitten by a local Parisian. Although he is a romantic guy, Jenny wants him to prove his love by reciting a few lines to her from Romeo and Juliet, something he finds a tad idiotic. Jenny is crushed when he outright refuses, but later prevails. From then on, she runs into situation after situation in dealing with her crazy friends, a few other young men who find her attractive and, lastly, her French host family headed over by a strict Madame Paroche who is none too pleased to see Jenny having any sort of social life whatsoever.


The soundtrack includes 9 original instrumental compositions by Enya, 4 jazz standards performed by Jazz Club, and one song performed by Édith Piaf. Two songs composed and performed by Enya are included on the soundtrack but not featured in the film.


  1. ^ Alexander Walker, Icons in the Fire: The Rise and Fall of Practically Everyone in the British Film Industry 1984-2000, Orion Books, 2005 p31
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