On voulait Tout Casser – Philippe Guillard

Not even actors of the calibre of Benoît Magimel and Charles Berling can breathe life into this lightweight, uninspiring comedy which is following a current trend in French cinema for celebrating longstanding male friendships – Les Coeurs des Hommes, Entre Amis, Nos Femmes. The twist here is one of this band of childhood friends has been…

Cannes 2015: La Loi du Marché (The Measure of a Man) – Stéphane Brizé

Stéphane Brizé’s La Loi du Marché, one of four French films in the official competition for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival, is social realism at its grittiest and most unforgiving.  Mostly set in one of the featureless out-of-town shopping centres much loved by French directors of late (Louis-Julien Petit’s Discount, Marianne Tardieu’s Qui Vive),  Brizé’s film takes…

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…

3 Coeurs (Three Hearts) – Benoît Jacquot

Benoît Jacquot, the award winning director of Farewell My Queen, has assembled a sterling cast for his tale of love versus lust set in a provincial French town.  Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Benoît Poelvoorde manage to breathe some life into what is a over-long, over-romanticised, over-dramatic story of fickle fate.  But it’s a waste of…