Rock’n Roll – Guillaume Canet

Guillaume Canet’s Rock’n’ Roll is a fine example of a genre of film not often seen from French directors. In addition, this self-parodying film comes from an actor/director not well-known for his pure comic talent.  Canet is more often seen in taut thrillers like La Prochaine Fois Je Viserai le Coeur or L’Homme qu’on Aimait…

Raid dingue (RAID: Special unit) – Dany Boon

It’s a testament to the popularity of Dany Boon that a run-of the-mill comedy like RAID Dingue can pull in over a million spectators in less than a week. Boon has been a sure-fire hit at the box office since the huge success of Bienvenue Chez les Ch’tis (Welcome to the Sticks) in 2008. And…

La Dernière Leçon (The Final Lesson) – Pascale  Pouzadoux 

Pascale Pouzadoux changes register completely for her fourth directorial feature with  La Dernière Leçon which tackles head on the thorny and highly contentious issue of assisted death.  Her previous films include crowd-pleasing comedies such as Toutes les Filles sont Folles with Jean Dujardin and De L’Autre Côté du Lit with Dany Boon and Sophie Marceau as…

Lolo – Julie Delpy

Writer/director Julie Delpy is better known to international audiences as Celine opposite Ethan Hawke in Richard Linkater’s successful trio of films, Before Sunset, Before Sunrise and Before Midnight.  Lolo is her sixth feature behind the camera after the award winning 2 Days in New York with American stand-up comedian Chris Rock. Here she has drafted…

Le Père Noël – Alexandre Coffre

Director Alexandre Coffre is playing it safe with Le Père Noël, a Christmas film with definite shades of the US hit Bad Santa which had Billy Bob Thornton as the criminal who dresses up as Santa Claus to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. After last year’s disappointing Eyjafjallajokull, Coffre aims straight for the heart…

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…

Supercondriaque – Dany Boon

Dany Boon, has missed a golden opportunity to delve into the psyche of a nation known as the pill popping champions of Europe with his latest outing as director, Supercondriaque.  There is much comedy is to be found in poking fun at the French habit of running to consult a doctor at every sore throat…

Check out 2014 French cinema releases

January 2014 Une Autre Vie by Emmanuel Mouret starring Stéphane Freiss, Virginie Ledoyen… Mea Culpa by Fred Cavayé starring Gilles Lellouche, Vincent Lindon… Yves Saint Laurent by Jalil Lespert starring Pierre Niney, Guillaume Gallienne… February 2014  Supercondriaque by Dany Boon starring Dany Boon, Kad Merad… La Belle et la Bête by Christophe Gans starring Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel… Tante Hilda ! by Jacques-Rémy Girerd starring François Morel, Josiane Balasko… March 2014 Grace de Monaco …

Eyjafjallajokull (The Volcano) – Alexandre Coffre

Think Danny de Vito’s War of the Roses meets John Hughes’ Planes, Trains and Automobiles and you will have some idea of the tone of Eyjafjallajokull directed by Alexandre Coffre and starring Danny Boon best-known for his role in the most successful French film ever Bienvenue chez le Ch’tis.Boon is a great crowd pleaser with French audiences and pitting him against Valérie…