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Comme un Avion (The Sweet Escape) – Bruno Podalydès

There’s a definite whiff of Wes Anderson about actor/director Bruno Podalydès Comme Un Avion, the first film where he pushes aside his younger sibling Denis to take on the lead role himself to great effect. It a delightful film, full of subtle humour which swings between absurd, surreal comedy and Jacques Tatiesque gentle slapstick.  There’s…

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Un Français – Diastème

After a hate campaign on social media and a drastic reduction in the number of cinemas showing the film, audiences can now judge for themselves whether Un Français directed by Patrick Asté, aka Diastème, deserved the negative publicity. It’s easy to understand why the film was disliked by certain extremist groups with its less than…

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Qui c’est Les Plus Fortes – Charlotte de Turckheim

Charlotte de Turckheim’s last directorial stint Mince Alors (Big is Beautiful) took over 1.5 million at the box office with its storyline of female bonding at a weight-loss spa in southern France. Turckheim is back with the same focus on female solidarity in Qui c’est Les Plus Fortes based on Clément Koch’s 2011 hit play Sunderland.  Turckheim has…

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Cinemas pull out of screening French skinhead film, Un Francais

Just days before its general release in France and Un Français, the film directed by Patrick Asté aka Diastème, has sparked a row over its violent content and depiction of the far-right movement in France with the director and lead actor claiming they have received threats from extremist groups.  Dubbed France’s answer to Tony Kaye’s American History X,…

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On voulait Tout Cassé – Philippe Guillard

Not even actors of the calibre of Benoît Magimel and Charles Berling can breathe life into this lightweight, uninspiring comedy which is following a current trend in French cinema for celebrating longstanding male friendships – Les Coeurs des Hommes, Entre Amis, Nos Femmes. The twist here is one of this band of childhood friends has been…

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10 lesser-known Must-See French films

The glitz and glamour of the Cannes Film Festival is but a distant memory and now audiences will have to wait to see if the films given the thumbs up from critics around the world will make their way to local cinemas. In the meantime, here is a list of lesser-known French films which are…

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Cannes 2015: Bumper year for French films at Cannes

The French film industry has given itself an enormous pat on the back after three of the four films in competition for the prestigious Palme d’Or walked away with prizes from Sunday night’s awards ceremony in Cannes. Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan about Sri Lankan refugees in Paris took the top prize in a move that surprised…