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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…

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Cannes Film Festival: Adieu Au Language – Jean-Luc Godard

It’s been 54 years since veteran Franco-Swiss director Jean-Luc Godard wowed audiences with Breathless simultaneously introducing international cinemagoers to the French New Wave and launching the career of leading man Jean-Paul Belmondo. And it’s a glowing testament to his huge creative talent that aged 83, he is still one of cinema’s most innovative directors. Adieu…