Le Petit Locataire (A Bun in the Oven) – Nadège Loiseau 

Nadège Loiseau’s directorial debut is an adaptation of her short film Le Locataire developed here into a full length comic feature.  Karin Viard (La Famille Bèlier, 21 Nuits avec Pattie) does a sterling job as Nicole Payan, a 49-year old woman, mother of two grown-up children, who finds she is expecting a third child.  Billed as a…

César awards nominate 3 female directors for first time

For the first time in the history of the César awards – the French equivalent of the Oscars – three female directors are in the running for the coveted prize for Best Director at the upcoming ceremony on 26 February. They include Emmanuelle Bercot for the Cannes festival opener La Tête Haute,  Maïwenn for Mon Roi which…

Le Grand Partage – Alexandra  Leclère

Combining social drama with comedy requires a lightness of touch missing from Leclère’s dismal Le Grand Partage. This despite the best efforts of Karin Viard whose presence in any film is usually enough to lift it out of the ordinary ( Lulu Femme Nue, 21 nuits avec Pattie, On a failli etre amis). There is comic…

Top 10 French films of 2015

      As 2016 gets underway, it’s never too late to look back at the best of French cinema in 2015. Here is French Cinema Review’s Top 10 French films of 2015. It’s a list of my personal favourites. Feel free to let me know those French films you most enjoyed in 2015. Asphalte…

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…

Joachim Lafosse’s Les Chevaliers Blancs wins director’s prize at San Sebastian Festival

Joachim Lafosse’s Les Chevaliers Blancs won the director’s prize at last weekend’s San Sebastian International Film Festival. Vincent Lindon, Louise Bourgoin, Valérie Donzelli, Reda Kateb star in the story of Jacques Arnault, head of Sud Secours NGO, who is planning to exfiltrate 300 orphans victims of Chadian civil war and bring them to French adoption applicants. Françoise…