Pierre Salvadori – En Liberté (The Trouble With You)

Premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Salvadori’s original and highly entertaining film was a hit with festival-goers and critics alike. And it’s easy to see why. It’s rare to find a comedy that provides both laughs and pathos with a modicum of social commentary thrown in for good measure. This burlesque comedy cleverly weaves together…

Larguées (Dumped) – Eloïse Lang

Actress Camille Cottin and director Eloïse Lang produced one of the surprise French box-office hits of 2015, Harry Me which detailed in documentary-style Cottin’s attempt to marry Britian’s Prince Harry. The team have reunited in Larguées for a more conventional film about love and loss and drafted in veteran actress Miou Miou to add gravity…

Amoureux de ma Femme – Daniel Auteuil

After directing three highly successful films based on the novels by Marcel Pagnol ( La Fille du Puisatier and Maruis and Fanny) Daniel Auteuil again steps behind the camera for Amoureuse de Ma Femme sharing top billing himself with the formidable Gerard Depardieu and the hugely watchable Sandrine Kiberlain (Comme un Avion, Floride ), Expectations run high for this…

Brilliantissime – Michèle Laroque

Michèle Laroque is one of France’s most talented and durable comic actors both on stage and screen. For her first time behind the camera with Brillantissime, she has adapted an English play by Geraldine Aron, My Brilliant Divorce, in which she has already appeared on the French stage.  It’s a role tailor-made for Laroque who does…

Aurore (I Got Life) – Blandine Lenoir

By Neil Murphy Agnès Jaoui creates the wonderfully heartfelt character of ‘Aurore’, in a film about female solidarity, hope and love. As an alt rom-com based around the tribulations of menopause, it leaves the audience with warm flushes of happiness. Aurore is amicably separated from her husband but having previously worked for his company she…

120 BPM (Beats Per Minute) – Robin Campillo

By Neil Murphy 120 BPM is a moving love story that deals with death, yet throbs with life. It is all the more powerful for it’s restrained passion, dignity and indignation. As a film based on opposition and opposites, it is crafted into a harmonious whole. There is a perfect balance of theme, structure, character and…

Le Sens de la Fête (C’est La Vie) – Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache

Since the huge success both at home and internationally of Intouchables, Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache have struggled to find another hit of the same magnitude  And it’s unlikely this tepid, patchy comedy is the answer. It’s an ensemble piece with some fine acting notably from Jean-Pierre Bacri as the owner of a wedding planning business.…

Mon Garçon (My Son) – Christian Carion

Guillaume Canet is excellent as the desperate father seeking his kidnapped young son in Christian Carion’s taut thriller. Reworking a theme seen recently in the hugely successful Taken series and Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoner, Carion takes the action to snowy eastern France. A bleak area of the country which reflects the icy relationship between Julien (Canet)…

Les Grands Esprits (The Teacher) – Olivier Ayache-Vidal

It’s difficult to find a new twist on the hackneyed classroom drama and Ayache-Vidal relies on the talent of his two lead actors to hold the audience’s interest. Denis Podalydès of the Comédie-Française is exceptional as the unadventurous classics teacher at one of France’s high achieving public schools while newcomer Abdoulaye Diallo displays a winning…

Bonne Pomme (Nobody’s Perfect) – Florence Quentin

Two of France’s most iconic actors – Gérard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve – appear on screen for the tenth time in Florence Quentin’s lightweight romantic drama. And both talented actors deserve better than this tepid, confusing film which is clearly suffering from an identity crisis. Part comedy-part fantasy, Bonne Pomme never seems to get going…