On a failli être amies – Anne Le Ny

For her fourth outing as director Anne Le Ny brings to the big screen a charming, romantic comedy based on one of the staples of French cinema – the love triangle.  (Le Ny was Yvonne in the huge French hit movie Les Intouchables).  On the surface, On a faille etre amies revolves around the story…

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…

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…

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…