Dans La Cour (In the Courtyard) – Pierre Salvadori

After a couple of frothy romantic comedies starring doe-eyed Audrey Tautou – Beautiful Lies (2010) and Priceless (2006), – Pierre Salvadori does a 360° turn with Dans La Cours, a downbeat, melancholic drama about insanity, ageing and friendship. Despite the formidable Catherine Deneuve in one of the lead roles, its unrelenting misery makes for heavy…

La Crème de La Crème – Kim Chapiron

After collecting numerous accolades and the award for Best New Narrative Filmmaker at the 2010 Tribeca film festival for Dog Pound, French director Kim Chapiron turns his attention to the less gritty world of France’s elite business schools.  Chapiron has replaced the Correctional Facility in Montana with the claustrophobic atmosphere of a student campus and…

Les Yeux Jaunes des Crocodiles – Cécile Telerman

Based on the best-selling book by Katherine Pancol,  Belgian director Cécile Telerman has produced an entertaining chic-flic, full of warmth and humour which explores the complicated relationships between women without descending into dreary, psychological drama. This is Telerman’s third film and as she demonstrated with her previous outings –  Quelque chose á Te Dire (Blame it…

Salaud, On t’Aime (We Love You, You Bastard) – Claude Lelouche

For his 44th film, veteran director Claude Lelouche has made, on his own admission, his most autobiographical film to date dedicating this film to his seven childen by five different mothers. Salaud On t’Aime is a rambling tale of a father’s attempt to reconcile with his four daughters which is marred by woeful miscasting and…

Claude Lelouche

Born 30 October 1937 in Paris. His father was said to have given him a camera after he failed his Baccalaureate.  He began by filming documentaries before moving into feature films. His first films met with little success until Un Homme et Une Femme  (A Man and a Woman) in 1966 which became a huge…

Aimer, Boire et Chanter (Life of Riley) – Alain Resnais

For fans of veteran director Alain Resnais, Aimer, Boire et Chanter (Life of Riley), his final film before he died this March, is a fitting end to a career which spanned over six decades and produced such masterpieces as Hiroshima Mon Amour, Last Year in Marienbad and On Connait la Chanson (Same Old Song). For…

Alain Resnais

Born 3 June 1922 in Vannes, Brittany, to a well-off family. His career spanned over six decades and included such classics as Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959), his first feature film, and Last year in Marienbad (1961).  He originally trained as a film editor in the mid-40s before moving on to direct feature films in the…