Voyage en Chine – Zoltan Mayer

For his debut feature, Voyage en Chine, Zoltan Mayer has chosen the moving story of a mother coming to terms with the death of her estranged son which takes her far from the mundanity of life in the French suburbs to the Sichuan region of central China.  With a magnificent Yolande Moreau in the central role,…

A Trois On y Va – Jérôme Bonnell

Ah the ole love triangle, the backbone of many a French film, is the subject of Jérôme Bonnell’s A Trois On y Va (All About Them).  But is there anything new to say about a situation where everyone is in love with the wrong person? Bonnell has added a fresh twist by making the couple at the centre…

Un Homme Idéal (A Perfect Man) – Yann Gozlan

Following mixed reviews for his directorial debut Captifs (Caged), Yann Gozlan has turned down the gore and turned up the suspense for Un Homme Idéal starring Pierre Niney, recent winner of the best actor César for the title role in Jalill Lespert’s  Yves Saint Laurent.  Un Homme Idéal has a definite whiff of Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr…

Kechiche, Audiard, Noé – who will make the cut at Cannes 2015

With just over two months to go before the 68th Cannes Film Festival kicks off, the rumour mill is now in full swing with films by Abdellatif Kechiche, Gaspar Noé and Jacques Audiard touted as possible entries in this year’s competition. 2015 is forecast to be a bumper year for European and Asian films. And while…

Le Dernier Coup de Marteau (The Last Hammer Blow) – Alix Delaporte

For her second full-length feature, Alix Delaporte has delivered a gem of a film, brimful of emotion, beautifully paced with exquisite performances from the three lead actors especially young newcomer Romain Paul.  Delaporte has a rare talent for telling a story without using melodrama to heighten the emotions. She is just as sparing with dialogue…

L’Art de la Fugue (The Easy Way Out) – Brice Cauvin

Based on the novel by American author Stephen McCauley, Brice Cauvin’s second full-length feature is a flat, lifeless tale of a dysfunctional family which centres on each member’s inability to conduct a meaningful, loving adult relationship. Originally set in Boston, McCauley’s novel has not travelled well across the Atlantic.  When you take a story that…