Nos Futurs – Rémi Bezançon

Director Rémi Bezançon retreads old ground with Nos Futurs a bromance about two childhood friends who are struggling to cope with the responsibilties of adulthood. Yann (Pierre Rochefort), an uptight, insurance broker, is trapped in a job at the company he inherited from his late father and seeks comfort on the psycho-analyst’s couch. His old school…

Love – Gaspar Noé

After a less than rapturous welcome at the recent Cannes Film Festival, the general public now has the chance to judge whether the latest film from provocative French director Gaspar Noé was worth all the fuss.  Love is Noé’s semi-autobiographical story of a director who wants to make a film about “sentimental sexuality”  Noé certainly…

Le Combat Ordinaire – Laurent Tuel

Laurent Tuel is not the first director to mine France’s long tradition of bande dessinées for inspiration. Some of the more successful cinematic adaptations of popular French graphic novels – Asterix, Lucky Luke and Tintin aside – include Abdellatif Kechiche’s La Vie d”Adele (Blue is the Warmest Colour), the winner of the Palme d’Or at…

Microbe et Gasoil – Michel Gondry

Michel Gondry is the multi-talented director behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and the 1994 Levi drugstore ad which holds the record for the most awards for a TV commercial. Yet his latest film, Microbe et Gasoil displays none of his trademark whimsy and other worldliness and is a flat, drawn out hommage to…

Une Mère – Christine Carrière

Christine Carrière’s Une Mère is a heavy-handed, depressing film which raises the question of the durability of maternal love when pushed to the limit.  This tale of a 16-year-old deliquant youth, set on a path of self-destruction, bears unfavourable comparison to Emmanuelle’s Bercot’s La Tete Haute (Standing Tall) which opened this year’s Cannes Film Festival to…