Un Plus Une – Claude Lelouche

After the disappointing Salaud On t’Aime, Claude Lelouche is back on familiar territory with a simple love story between a Man and a Woman.  Set in India in all its splendour, brought to life magnificently if a little disingenuously, by cinematographer Robert  Alazraki, Un plus Une oozes charm due mainly to the casting of Jean…

Marguerite & Julien -Valérie Donzelli

Valérie Donzelli’s last film Que D’Amour! was based on a play by 18th century French playwright Marivaux. For her latest feature she again goes back in time to revive an unused script written for Francois Truffaut by Jean Gurault in the 1970s. The source material for Marguerite&Julien, premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, pre-dates Marivaux by…

Five French films to see in December

  Un plus Une – Claude Lelouche. After the disappointing Salaud On t’Aime with ageing rocker Johnny Hallyday in the lead role, veteran director Lelouche goes further afield for this love story between forty-somethings Antoine (Jean Dujardin) and Anna (Elza Zylberstein). Premiered at the Festval du Film Francophone d’Angouleme, Jardin plays a famous film score…

21 Nuits avec Pattie – Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu

The Larrieu brothers have a reputation for directing films with bizarre, quixotic storylines and 21 Nuits avec Pattie fits the bill perfectly. It takes a rare talent to tackle sexual taboos and produce a clever, amusing film which deftly avoids causing offense. And the Larrieu brothers are just the men for the job. Against the stunning…