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Du Goudron et des Plumes (Patchwork Family) – Pascal Rabaté

Sami Bouajila excels in Pascal Rabaté’s Du Goudron et des Plumes, a touching morality tale set in provincial France which glances against several contemporary issues while retaining a sense of humour and a keen eye for the absurd.  It’s a simple story, simply told which emphasises the frailty of human nature while laying out a…

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L’Ex de Ma Vie – Dorothée Sebbagh

L’Ex de Ma Vie is a flat, uninspired romantic comedy by Dorothée Sebbagh, a graduate of the prestigious Paris film school La Femis who, judging by her output to date, is struggling to hit winning form. Despite a promising storyline, Sebbagh fails to cash in on the pedigree of the lead actors Geraldine Nakache (All…

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On a failli être amies – Anne Le Ny

For her fourth outing as director Anne Le Ny brings to the big screen a charming, romantic comedy based on one of the staples of French cinema – the love triangle.  (Le Ny was Yvonne in the huge French hit movie Les Intouchables).  On the surface, On a faille etre amies revolves around the story…

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La Ritournelle (Paris Follies) – Marc Fitoussi

After the success of Copacabana in 2010, director Mark Fitoussi rejoins Isabelle Huppert in La Ritournelle, a charming, easy-going tale of  love among the haystacks – or in this case cattle-breeders – set in northern France.  It explores the well-worn theme, and the backbone of many a French movie,  of infidelity.  And it touches on…

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Tristesse Club – Vincent Mariette

With a successful track record in short film already well-establshed (Les Lézards, Double Mixte), Vincent Mariette has chosen to direct a low-key, dramatic comedy for his first venture into full length features.  Tristesse Club is not without flaws, but its inspired casting, tight dialogue and continual ability to surprise lifts the film out of the ordinary onto a quasi-surreal level. After receiving news their…

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Sous Les Jupes des Filles (Very Bad Girls) – Audrey Dana

Think Bridesmaids meets Love Actually and you’ll have the tone of French chic-flick Sous Les Jupes des Filles by actor/director Audrey Dana. This overworked, comedy about the lives and loves of a group of Parisiennes lacks originality and any genuine insight into the dilemmas facing today’s modern woman.  It crudely portrays the liberated woman as…

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La Liste de Mes Envies – Didier Le Pêcheur

Who would have thought a film about winning more than 18 million euros on the lottery could be so melancholy and, frankly, downright tedious? But director Didier Le Pêcheur has turned the best-selling novel and play, La Liste de Mes Envies, into a overlong ode to parsimony and simple living.  Pushing credibility to the limit, he suggests such…