Films to watch in April – Clavier and Reno star in Les Visiteurs 3


IUnknown-6t’s taken Jean-Marie Poiré 18 years to direct the third in his series of Les Visiteurs films. The first, back in 1993 introduced Jean Reno as Comte Godefroy de Montmirail and Christian Clavier as Jacquouille la Fripouille to cinema audiences and was a massive hit in France with over 13 million admissions. A second film in 1998 drew in an audience of over eight million. Leaving aside a lamentable American remake in 2001, Poiré’s Les Visiteurs comedy franchise has become one of the most successful in French cinema history.  Both Reno and Clavier are back as the time travelling medieval nobleman and his faithful servant this time transported to the French revolution. Karin Viard, Franck Dubosc and Sylvie Testud round off a stellar cast.
Unknown-5Isabelle Huppert headlines Mia Hansen Love’s fifth feature which recently won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival. Huppert plays a philosophy teacher who has to cope with losing her mother and her job and an unfaithful  husband. Although still only in her mid-thirties, Hansen Love is one of the most critically acclaimed directors currently making films in France.  All four of her previous features – Eden, Un Amour de Jeunesse, Le Père de mes Enfants, Tout est Pardonné – were nominated or won awards at some of world’s major international film festivals.
imagesWinner of the Special Jury Prize at this year’s International Comedy Film Festival in Alpe dHuez, Adopte un Veuf stars Andre Dussollier as a lonely widower who decides to rent out the empty rooms in his apartment to a trio of young people.  Desagnat kicked off his directing career with two box-office smash hits – Les Onze Commandements and La Beuze. Since then he has failed to find a winning formula. His last film, Le Jeu de la Verité, disappeared without a trace. It will be interesting to see if the drawing power of Dussollier will see Desagnat regain favour with French audiences.
Unknown-4Gelblat’s first time out as director with Les Murs Porteurs earned a prize at the 2008 Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival. Tout Pour Etre Heureux stars Manu Payet as a man fast approaching 40 who leaves his wife for a meaningless affair with another women. When his wife leaves their daughters with him after their seperation for a few days, he is forced to rethink his role as a father.  Based on a book by TV presenter Xavier de Moulins, Tout Pour Etre Heureux also stars Audrey Lamy (Les Souvenirs) and Aure Atika (The Beat my Heart Skipped).

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