Maestro – Lea Fazer

Lea Fazer’s Maestro is a delightfully funny film about co-writer Jocelyn Quivrin’s experience as a young actor of working with veteran French film director Eric Rohmer.  Quivrin appeared in Rohmer’s 2007 film The Romance of Atrea and Celadon. Tragically he died in a road accident in 2009 – Rohmer died the following year at the age of 89.…

Du Goudron et des Plumes (Patchwork Family) – Pascal Rabaté

Sami Bouajila excels in Pascal Rabaté’s Du Goudron et des Plumes, a touching morality tale set in provincial France which glances against several contemporary issues while retaining a sense of humour and a keen eye for the absurd.  It’s a simple story, simply told which emphasises the frailty of human nature while laying out a…

L’Ex de Ma Vie – Dorothée Sebbagh

L’Ex de Ma Vie is a flat, uninspired romantic comedy by Dorothée Sebbagh, a graduate of the prestigious Paris film school La Femis who, judging by her output to date, is struggling to hit winning form. Despite a promising storyline, Sebbagh fails to cash in on the pedigree of the lead actors Geraldine Nakache (All…