La Belle et La Bête (Beauty and the Beast) – Christophe Gans

The classic fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, first published in 1757, has been reproduced many times and in many different forms over the years.  Disney produced a cartoon version of the story, there have been ice-shows and musicals and, of course, the classic 1946 film directed by Jean Cocteau. Now Christophe Gans…

Un Beau Dimanche (Going Away) – Nicole Garcia

Veteran actress, writer and director Nicole Garcia goes down a well-trodden path with this low-key character drama focusing on the relationship between two solitary individuals who have given up trying to make sense of life.  But her sensitive dissection of the complexity of family ties and the chemistry of attraction produces an engaging, emotional film.…

Lulu Femme Nue – Solveig Anspach

Lulu Femme Nue by Icelandic-born director Solveig Anspach is a heart-warming drama which celebrates female resilience and compassion. It is a French take on the classic American feel good movie raised to another level by the beautiful performance of Karin Viard in the lead role. Viard is Lulu, a forty-something mother of three, who wants…