Un Sac de Billes (A Bag of Marbles) – Christian Duguay

Christian Duguay’s Un Sac de Billes is the second time the best-selling autobiographical novel has been brought to the big screen coming over forty years after Jacques Doillon’s own adaptation of the book by Joseph Jollo.  On the positive side, Duguay’s film is beautifully shot and boasts fine performances from its two main actors aged just 17 and 12-years-old.…

Films to watch in April – Clavier and Reno star in Les Visiteurs 3

LES VISITEURS – LA REVOLUTION – JEAN-MARIE POIRE It’s taken Jean-Marie Poiré 18 years to direct the third in his series of Les Visiteurs films. The first, back in 1993 introduced Jean Reno as Comte Godefroy de Montmirail and Christian Clavier as Jacquouille la Fripouille to cinema audiences and was a massive hit in France with over 13…

Une Heure de Tranquillité (Do Not Disturb) – Patrice Leconte

As 2014 came to a close, one final shot at raising a smille opened in cinemas with Christian Clavier – the King Midas of French comedy  – in the lead role.  Patrice Leconte’s Une Heure de Tranquillité reunites the director with Clavier who appeared in his string of hugely successful French comic films Les Bronzés.…

Serial (Bad) Weddings – French cinema’s top film for 2014

French director Philippe de Chauviron’s Qu’est ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu Serial (Bad) Weddings is the most successful French language film of 2104 chalking up over 12 million admissions in France so far –  more than double its nearest rival Supercondriaque. But it’s not only French audiences who are flocking to see this tale of a…

Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu? – Philippe de Chauviron

On the eve of the Cannes Film Festival showcasing the best of domestic and international film, it’s sobering to realise the French movie currently pulling in crowds in France is a cliché-ridden, tasteless comedy based on racial intolerance. After just three weeks on the big screen, Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu? has drawn…