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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.…

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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…