Respire – Mélanie Laurent

Mélanie Laurent is better known for her appearances in front of the camera. She has starred alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest names including Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds), Jake Gyllenhaal (Enemy), Morgan Freeman (Now you see me, now you don’t) and Ewan McGregor (Beginners). After a lukewarm reception to her directorial debut, Les Adoptés, she is…

Qui Vive (Insecure) – Marianne Tardieu

After Sylvie Ohayon’s Papa was Not a Rolling Stone and Céline Sciamma’s Bande de Filles, French cinema once again turns to life on one of France’s much maligned, high-rise housing estates for inspiration. While Ohayon and Sciamma found fresh takes on a well-documented social stratum, Marianne Tardieu’s Qui Vive is a disappointment, lacking rythmn and…

La Prochaine Fois Je Viserai le Coeur – Cédric Anger

For his third outing as director, former Cahiers du Cinema journalist Cédric Anger has gone back to May 1978 and the true story of Alain Lamare, a gendarme, who went on an ten-month killing spree causing widespread fear among young women in the Oise region of France.  Anger’s La Prochaine Fois Je Viserai le Coeur is…

Une Nouvelle Amie (The New Girlfriend) – François Ozon

After the award winning Jeune et Jolie, which was in competition for the coveted Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, François Ozon again explores sexuality with the noirish-drama, Une Nouvelle Amie (The New Girlfriend). Loosely based on a short story by British author Ruth Rendell – the mistress of the psychological thriller –…

Bande de Filles (Girlhood) – Céline Sciamma

Widely praised at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Céline Sciamma’s Bande de Filles lives up to expectations with an emotionally-charged, vibrant tale of four young women living in one of France’s notorious housing estates just to the north of  Paris. Sciamma brings an authenticity to her film by avoiding cliché and caricature and searching beyond the…