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…

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…

l’Enquête (The Clearstream Affair) – Vincent Garenq

It’s a courageous director who will take on the complexity of one of France’s biggest financial and political scandals and attempt to turn it into a compelling drama.  Vincent Garenq has aleady proved he is the man for the job with his award winning Présumé Coupable which examined one of the country’s most notorious miscarriages of justice, the…