Elle – Paul Verhoeven

Paul Verhoeven’s Elle is not an easy film to like.  A black comedy/thriller based around a brutal rape and the female victim’s eventual revenge is bound to be contoversial.  And it’s debatable whether many other actresses apart from Isabelle Huppert could pull off such a delicate balancing act.  Aside from the plot, Verhoeven casts an almost…

En mai, fais ce qu’il te plaît – Christian Carion

Director Christian Carion’s last two films were based on true stories and his latest, En mai, fais ce qu’il te plaît follows the same trend. The award winning Joyeux Noël recounted the extraordinary events of December 1914 when opposing soldiers on the Western Front lay down their arms to celebrate Christmas together.  L’Affaire Farewell went…

Un Moment d’égarement (One Wild Moment) – Jean-François Richet

Jean-François Richet’s entertaining remake of Claude Berri’s 1977 film is bang up-to-date with mobile phones, selfies, beach raves and Vincent Cassel and François Cluzet as the two fathers in charge of their libidinous teenage daughters during the long summer vacation. Cassel, who worked with Richet on the Jacques Mesrine films, (Killer Instinct and Public Enemy…

20th Cérémonie des Lumières – French Golden Globes

Dubbed the French Golden Globes, the Cérémonie des Lumières on Monday night will honour the best in French-speaking cinema over the past year as decided by the international press based in Paris  The most nominated films include Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent, Benoît Jacquot’s Trois Cœurs and La Famille Bélier with four nominations each. Interestingly two young actors are both nominated for best…

La Crème de La Crème – Kim Chapiron

After collecting numerous accolades and the award for Best New Narrative Filmmaker at the 2010 Tribeca film festival for Dog Pound, French director Kim Chapiron turns his attention to the less gritty world of France’s elite business schools.  Chapiron has replaced the Correctional Facility in Montana with the claustrophobic atmosphere of a student campus and…