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Ingrid Bergman graces 2015 Cannes Film Festival poster

This year’s Cannes Film Festival will honour actress Ingrid Bergam, who features on the poster for the world’s most prestigious film festival which opens next month. Based on a photograph by Magnum agency’s David Seymour, the poster was created by Hervé Chigioni and graphic designed Gilles Frappier who were behind last year’s festival poster of…

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Les Châteaux de Sables – Olivier Jahan

It’s taken director Olivier Jahan 15 years to produce a second full length feature after the award winning Faites Comme Si je n’étais Pas Là (Pretend I’m not here), so is Les Châteaux de Sables worth the wait? Set against the backdrop of the Breton Côtes d’Armor in autumn, the film is certainly visually stunning, but struggles to…

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Cerise – Jérôme Enrico

As a follow-up to his award winning Paulette, Jérôme Enrico has gone for a younger audience with a predictable tale of a troubled adolescent sent to a foreign country to learn the error of their ways. Although at times verging on the kitsch and clichéd, Cerise is not without charm notably due to the performance of…

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Voyage en Chine – Zoltan Mayer

For his debut feature, Voyage en Chine, Zoltan Mayer has chosen the moving story of a mother coming to terms with the death of her estranged son which takes her far from the mundanity of life in the French suburbs to the Sichuan region of central China.  With a magnificent Yolande Moreau in the central role,…

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A Trois On y Va – Jérôme Bonnell

Ah the ole love triangle, the backbone of many a French film, is the subject of Jérôme Bonnell’s A Trois On y Va (All About Them).  But is there anything new to say about a situation where everyone is in love with the wrong person? Bonnell has added a fresh twist by making the couple at the centre…

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Un Homme Idéal (A Perfect Man) – Yann Gozlan

Following mixed reviews for his directorial debut Captifs (Caged), Yann Gozlan has turned down the gore and turned up the suspense for Un Homme Idéal starring Pierre Niney, recent winner of the best actor César for the title role in Jalill Lespert’s  Yves Saint Laurent.  Un Homme Idéal has a definite whiff of Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr…

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Kechiche, Audiard, Noé – who will make the cut at Cannes 2015

With just over two months to go before the 68th Cannes Film Festival kicks off, the rumour mill is now in full swing with films by Abdellatif Kechiche, Gaspar Noé and Jacques Audiard touted as possible entries in this year’s competition. 2015 is forecast to be a bumper year for European and Asian films. And while…

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Le Dernier Coup de Marteau (The Last Hammer Blow) – Alix Delaporte

For her second full-length feature, Alix Delaporte has delivered a gem of a film, brimful of emotion, beautifully paced with exquisite performances from the three lead actors especially young newcomer Romain Paul.  Delaporte has a rare talent for telling a story without using melodrama to heighten the emotions. She is just as sparing with dialogue…