Discount – Louis-Julien Petit

Widely tagged as a Ken Loach-style social drama, Louis-Julien Petit’s Discount is a hard-hitting look at the day-to-day reality in France for millions of ordinary people, as far removed from the image of the country as the last word in fine living as it’s possiblle to get. All credit to Petit who has opted with…

Loin des Hommes (Far from Men) – David Oelhoffen

Based on the Albert Camus short story L’Hôte, David Oelhoffen’s Loin des Hommes is a haunting, majestic, moral tale set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of North Africa’s Atlas mountains and the Algerian war of independence during the 1950s.  Vitto Mortensen displays admirable linguistic skills by adding French and Arabic to other foreign languages he has…

Les Souvenirs – Jean-Paul Rouve

Actor/director Jean-Paul Rouve’s Les Souvenirs is a syrupy, lightweight drama based on the novel by David Foenkinos which deals with the problems faced by people at opposite ends of adult life.  Romain (Mathieu Spinosi) is a 23-year-old student seeking the love of his life while his 85-year-old grandmother (Annie Cordy) is stuggling to find meaning to…

2014 Top Ten Best French Films

As 2015 gets underway, it’s never too late to look back at the best of French cinema in 2014. Here is French Cinema Review’s 2014 Top 10 French films. It’s a list of my personal favourites. Feel free to create a list of those French films you most enjoyed in 2014.     #1 Les…

L’Affaire SK 1 – Frédéric Tellier

For his first full-length feature, Frédéric Tellier revisits the true story of the ‘Beast of the Bastille’ who murdered seven young woman in the French capital between January 1991 and November 1997. L’Affaire SK1 (Serial Killer 1) is a sombre, behind-the-scenes look at the police investigation which led to the eventual arrest of Guy Georges (Adama…

Valentin Valentin – Pascal Thomas

Veteran director Pascal Thomas clearly has a taste for adapting novels by a particular brand of British crime writer. He has already filmed four novels by the Grand Dame of British crime fiction Agatha Christie – By the Pricking of my Thumbs, Towards Zero, Crime is Our Business and Partners in Crime. He now turns…

Chic! – Jérôme Cornuau

The New Year is off to a promising start with Jérôme Cornuau’s romantic comedy Chic! starring veteran French actress Fanny Ardant in fine form. Cornuau, whose work is more often seen on television, has produced a smart, sassy film which manages to stay fresh and engaging despite the predictable storyline. French cinema is no stranger to…

Une Heure de Tranquillité (Do Not Disturb) – Patrice Leconte

As 2014 came to a close, one final shot at raising a smille opened in cinemas with Christian Clavier – the King Midas of French comedy  – in the lead role.  Patrice Leconte’s Une Heure de Tranquillité reunites the director with Clavier who appeared in his string of hugely successful French comic films Les Bronzés.…