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Hippocrate – Thomas Lilti

Thomas Lilti’s Hippocrate is a warts-and-all look at the life of a junior doctor starting his career as an intern in a Parisian hospital and it’s a damning portrait of what is often reputed to be the best health system in the world. Like crisis-ridden countries everywhere, French doctors are having to deal with budget…

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Maintenant ou Jamais – Serge Frydman

Serge Frydman’s Maintenant ou Jamais (Now or Never) is a love story disguised as a thriller with a touch of social commentary thrown in for good measure. While there’s plenty of heat between the two main characters – Juliette (Leila Bekhti) and Manuel (Nicolas Duvauchelle) – neither the love affair nor the bank heist, which…

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SMS – Gabriel Julien-Laferrière

Gabriel Julien-Laferrière’s first outing as director with the 2009 tepid comedy Neuilly Sa Mère was a domestic box-office success. It’s taken him five years to return to the big screen with an adaptation of  Laurent Bénégui’s novel SMS and the wait is something of an anti-climax. SMS sits uncomfortably on the fence between a madcap comedy, a love story and…

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Le Grand Homme – Sarah Leonor

Jérémie Renier’s  performance as a wounded solider returning to civilian life in Paris is the highlight of Le Grand Homme, a drab story of friendship and loyalty between two men. Under Sarah Leonor’s lacklustre direction and inability to inject any real drama into the narrative, many key scenes rings hollow and flat. And an excessive…

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Le Beau Monde – Julie Lopes-Curval

Le Beau Monde, Julie Lopes-Curval’s fourth outing as director, is a dreary coming-of-age film which casts the net wide in a bid to cover several issues only to fall on well-trodden ground. Her first film, Bords de Mer (Seaside) won the Golden Camera award at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and her last film Mères…

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Maestro – Lea Fazer

Lea Fazer’s Maestro is a delightfully funny film about co-writer Jocelyn Quivrin’s experience as a young actor of working with veteran French film director Eric Rohmer.  Quivrin appeared in Rohmer’s 2007 film The Romance of Atrea and Celadon. Tragically he died in a road accident in 2009 – Rohmer died the following year at the age of 89.…