Tout pour être Heureux – Cyril Gelblat

Cyril Gelblat’s bitter-sweet romantic comedy is lifted out of the ordinary by the touching performance of Manu Payet as Antoine, a fortyish failed musician forced to face up to his adult responsibilities.  It’s a coming of age film with a twist.  Antoine’s passage into maturity comes late but is as painful and poignant as any…

Qui c’est Les Plus Fortes – Charlotte de Turckheim

Charlotte de Turckheim’s last directorial stint Mince Alors (Big is Beautiful) took over 1.5 million at the box office with its storyline of female bonding at a weight-loss spa in southern France. Turckheim is back with the same focus on female solidarity in Qui c’est Les Plus Fortes based on Clément Koch’s 2011 hit play Sunderland.  Turckheim has…

Le Talent de Mes Amis – Alex Lutz

Alex Lutz, in the director’s chair for the first time with Le Talent de Mes Amis, is following a well-trodden path of small-screen comic actors who are looking to translate success on TV into the cinema.  Kev Adams, Max Boublil and perhaps most famously Omar Sy and Jean Dujardin all cut their teeth either in…

Les Souvenirs – Jean-Paul Rouve

Actor/director Jean-Paul Rouve’s Les Souvenirs is a syrupy, lightweight drama based on the novel by David Foenkinos which deals with the problems faced by people at opposite ends of adult life.  Romain (Mathieu Spinosi) is a 23-year-old student seeking the love of his life while his 85-year-old grandmother (Annie Cordy) is stuggling to find meaning to…