100% Cachemire – Valérie Lemercier

After an eight year absence as a director Valérie Lemercier returns to the big sreen with a disappointing, disjointed comedy which stretches an idea for a three-minute sketch into a full-length feature film dragging in its wake a trail of clichés, stereotypes and mis-timed gags. Lemercier and Gilles Lelouche are Aleksandra and Cyrille,  a bourgeois couple…

La Cage aux Folles director Molinaro dies in Paris

Edouard Molinaro director of the hugely successful, Oscar nominated comedy, La Cage aux Folles has died in Paris from lung failure aged-85. Molinaro directed some of France’s most well-known actors including Louis de Funés and the Belgian singer Jacques Brel, but was best known for La Cage aux Folles starring Michel Serrault and Ugo Tognazzi. The…

Casse Tête Chinois (Chinese Puzzle) – Cédric Klapisch

For audiences who enjoyed the first two episodes of Klapisch’s comic musings on the world as seen through the eyes of a group of European students  (L’Auberge Espagnol and Poupées Russes),  Casse Tête Chinois is a delightful opportunity to catch up with Xavier (Romain Duris) and his band of copains as they contemplate life as forty-somethings.…

Avant l’Hiver (Before the Winter Chill) – Philippe Claudel

Novelist turned film-maker Philippe Claudel is covering all bases with Avant l’Hiver (Before the Winter Chill). His third outing as a director is part psychological thriller, part classic love triangle and part domestic drama with Daniel Auteuil once again showing masterly control over a storyline that crawls along at a snail’s pace leaving plenty of…