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…

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…

Cannes Film Festival – La Chambre Bleue – Mathieu Amalric

After taking Best Director’s prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival with the burlesque On Tour, actor/director Mathieu Amalric is back on La Croisette with an adaptation of fellow Belgian Georges Simenon’s La Chambre Bleue (The Blue Room). Simenon himself was no stranger to the festival.  He was président of the jury in 1960,  but is…

Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu? – Philippe de Chauviron

On the eve of the Cannes Film Festival showcasing the best of domestic and international film, it’s sobering to realise the French movie currently pulling in crowds in France is a cliché-ridden, tasteless comedy based on racial intolerance. After just three weeks on the big screen, Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu? has drawn…

Le Dernier Diamant (The Last Diamond) – Eric Barbier

Good French heist movies have been thin on the ground over the last few years, a fault director Eric Barbier has now set right with Le Dernier Diamant, a tense, well-constructed thriller with enough twists and turns to keep audiences guessing until the final credits. The US has pretty much cornered the market in this…

Pas Son Genre (Not My Type) – Lucas Belvaux

Judging by his portfolio of films to date, Belgian director Lucas Belvaux is more at home with edgy, tense thrillers than a love story between a Paris-based intellectual and a fizzy, blonde provincial hairdresser, but Pas Son Genre is not without its darker moments. Based on the novel by Philippe Vilain, Belvaux carefully dissects the…

Une Rencontre (Quantum Love) – Lisa Azuelos

The last two films directed by Lisa Azuelos met with a mixed reception. LOL (Laughing Out Loud), the French version, was a huge hit in France while it’s American remake, starring teen-star turned infamous twerker, Miley Cyrus, was a monumental flop. This time Azuelos keeps the focus on love but shifts from adolescent angst to…