SMS – Gabriel Julien-Laferrière

Gabriel Julien-Laferrière’s first outing as director with the 2009 tepid comedy Neuilly Sa Mère was a domestic box-office success. It’s taken him five years to return to the big screen with an adaptation of  Laurent Bénégui’s novel SMS and the wait is something of an anti-climax. SMS sits uncomfortably on the fence between a madcap comedy, a love story and…

Le Grand Homme – Sarah Leonor

Jérémie Renier’s  performance as a wounded solider returning to civilian life in Paris is the highlight of Le Grand Homme, a drab story of friendship and loyalty between two men. Under Sarah Leonor’s lacklustre direction and inability to inject any real drama into the narrative, many key scenes rings hollow and flat. And an excessive…

Le Beau Monde – Julie Lopes-Curval

Le Beau Monde, Julie Lopes-Curval’s fourth outing as director, is a dreary coming-of-age film which casts the net wide in a bid to cover several issues only to fall on well-trodden ground. Her first film, Bords de Mer (Seaside) won the Golden Camera award at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and her last film Mères…