Mon Roi – Maïwenn

Emmanuelle Bercot had a cracking year at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.  First off she directed the opening film La Tȇte Haute to generally positive reviews. She then switched hats to take a leading in role in Maïwenn’s Mon Roi opposite the ever-watchable Vincent Cassel for which she took home the Best Actress prize.  Expectations…

Belles Familles (Families) – Jean-Paul Rappeneau

It’s taken 83-year-old Cyrano de Bergerac director Jean-Paul Rappeneau 13 years to produce a follow-up to his war-time drama Bon Voyage. Belles Familles is a drama of a different order centred around the efforts of a bourgeois family to sell their magnificent family home and move on with their lives. It has a top notch…

TV5Monde offers French films from French Cinema Now mini-festival

TV5Monde Cinema on Demand is offering a feast of top French films for Francophiles and French cinema fans who missed out on Seattle International Film Festival’s French Cinema Now mini-festival. This year’s showcase has all-new Francophone cinema and a range of seasoned directors such as Cédric Kahn, Philippe Fernandez and Bruno Podalydès with some of France’s…

Dheepan – Jacques Audiard: Video review

Dheepan directed by Jacques Audiard was the winner of the prestigious Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Audiard is considered by many critics to be one of the best French directors currently making films. Dheepan was a controversial choice for the top prize at Cannes. Whether or not it is ‘classic’ Audiard, as…

Asphalte (Macadam Stories) – Samuel Benchetrit

Drawing inspiration from two of his own novels,  Benchetrit has delivered a wonderfully surreal, funny, human drama set against the unlikely backdrop of a run-down housing estate in a featureless region of France.  While there have been no shortage of French films recently to use the infamous suburban Cités as the scene for gritty social…

L’Etudiante et Monsieur Henri – Ivan Calbérac

Ivan Calbérac brings a touching, well-constructed adaptation of his hit play L’Etudiante et Monsieur Henri to the big screen with 79-year-old Claude Brasseur in fine form as a grouchy old man forced into sharing his apartment with Constance, a penniless student. On the face of it, the story has nothing original, but the plot throws a…

Un Début Prometteur – Emma Luchini

Un Début Prometteur, Emma Luchini’s second full-length feature is a family affair.  Based on the novel by her partner author Nicolas Rey and with father Fabrice in one of the lead roles, this tragi-comedy has top class credentials yet struggles to get into its stride.  Casting comic actor and stand-up comedian Manu Payet against type as the alcoholic,…