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…

L’Odyssée – Jérôme Salle

For a film about a figure as iconic as Jacques Yves Cousteau, Jérôme Salle’s L’Odyssée struggles to get to grips with the man who for television viewers of the late 60s onwards was the last word in underwater documentary making.  While the Americans were exploring space, Cousteau took viewers into the equally unknown and distinctly closer world…

Les Naufragés (Shipwrecked) – David Charhon

David Charhon’s disappointing comedy Les Naufragés is a waste of the talents of two gifted French actors – Daniel Auteuil and Laurent Stocker of the Comédie Française. Perhaps Charhon hoped to recreate the chemistry between the two leads that was behind the success of his last film De l’Autré Côté du Périph starring the ever-watchable Omar…

Top 10 female French directors to watch

With three female French directors in competition for the first time ever for the prestigious Best Director prize at the upcoming César film awards in France, it’s interesting to note Maiwenn, Emmanuelle Bercot and Deniz Gamze Ergüven are not the only woman producing quality films in what is usually a male-dominated industry. Here are ten…

Microbe et Gasoil – Michel Gondry

Michel Gondry is the multi-talented director behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and the 1994 Levi drugstore ad which holds the record for the most awards for a TV commercial. Yet his latest film, Microbe et Gasoil displays none of his trademark whimsy and other worldliness and is a flat, drawn out hommage to…

10 lesser-known Must-See French films

The glitz and glamour of the Cannes Film Festival is but a distant memory and now audiences will have to wait to see if the films given the thumbs up from critics around the world will make their way to local cinemas. In the meantime, here is a list of lesser-known French films which are…

Dans La Cour (In the Courtyard) – Pierre Salvadori

After a couple of frothy romantic comedies starring doe-eyed Audrey Tautou – Beautiful Lies (2010) and Priceless (2006), – Pierre Salvadori does a 360° turn with Dans La Cours, a downbeat, melancholic drama about insanity, ageing and friendship. Despite the formidable Catherine Deneuve in one of the lead roles, its unrelenting misery makes for heavy…

Casse Tête Chinois (Chinese Puzzle) – Cédric Klapisch

For audiences who enjoyed the first two episodes of Klapisch’s comic musings on the world as seen through the eyes of a group of European students  (L’Auberge Espagnol and Poupées Russes),  Casse Tête Chinois is a delightful opportunity to catch up with Xavier (Romain Duris) and his band of copains as they contemplate life as forty-somethings.…