Encore Heureux – Benoît Graffin

Sandrine Kiberlain (Marie) and Edouard Baer (Sam) headline this slow, lazy comedy set against the backdrop of France’s current economic and social malaise. Benoît Graffin’s middle-class, married couple are doubtless there to demonstrate unemployment, homelessness and poverty are not the preserve of the disaffected working class. And the situation is ripe for an astute, well-observed,…

Asphalte (Macadam Stories) – Samuel Benchetrit

Drawing inspiration from two of his own novels,  Benchetrit has delivered a wonderfully surreal, funny, human drama set against the unlikely backdrop of a run-down housing estate in a featureless region of France.  While there have been no shortage of French films recently to use the infamous suburban Cités as the scene for gritty social…