L’Amant Double – François Ozon

Ozon’s  L’Amant Double failed to pick up any prizes at this year’s Cannes Film Festival which is not to say his take on Joyce Carole Oate’s Lives of the Twins is without merit. This erotic thriller does the job of keeping the audience guessing and is full of entertaining filmic references and cinematic devices. But…

Iris – Jalil Lespert

Jalil Lespert’s Iris is an entertaining thriller loosely based on Hideo Nakata’s novel Chaos. Australian screenwriter Andrew Bovell  who penned A Most Wanted Man and Lantana,  wrote the original adaptation of the Japanese film, with Lespert and his Yves Saint Laurent co-writer, Jérémie Guez, tackling the French version of the script. Iris is smart and sassy with a well-paced plot…

Belles Familles (Families) – Jean-Paul Rappeneau

It’s taken 83-year-old Cyrano de Bergerac director Jean-Paul Rappeneau 13 years to produce a follow-up to his war-time drama Bon Voyage. Belles Familles is a drama of a different order centred around the efforts of a bourgeois family to sell their magnificent family home and move on with their lives. It has a top notch…

Boomerang – François Favrat

Based on the novel written in English by best-selling author Tatiana de Rosnay, François Favrat’s Boomerang has a solid performance from Laurent Lafitte of the Comédie Française as Antoine, the angst-ridden, divorced father of two who is trying to solve the riddle of his mother’s accidental death when he was a young boy.  But elsewhere…

10 lesser-known Must-See French films

The glitz and glamour of the Cannes Film Festival is but a distant memory and now audiences will have to wait to see if the films given the thumbs up from critics around the world will make their way to local cinemas. In the meantime, here is a list of lesser-known French films which are…

Caprice – Emmanuel Mouret

Billed as a romantic comedy, Emmanuel Mouret’s Caprice struggles to fit the description.  True, love is the motor that drives the tangled relationships between the four leading characters, but any comedy is distinctly thin on the ground. Hopes Caprice will be an entertaining, American-style look at love among the Parisian middle class are raised by the opening…

A Trois On y Va – Jérôme Bonnell

Ah the ole love triangle, the backbone of many a French film, is the subject of Jérôme Bonnell’s A Trois On y Va (All About Them).  But is there anything new to say about a situation where everyone is in love with the wrong person? Bonnell has added a fresh twist by making the couple at the centre…

L’Affaire SK 1 – Frédéric Tellier

For his first full-length feature, Frédéric Tellier revisits the true story of the ‘Beast of the Bastille’ who murdered seven young woman in the French capital between January 1991 and November 1997. L’Affaire SK1 (Serial Killer 1) is a sombre, behind-the-scenes look at the police investigation which led to the eventual arrest of Guy Georges (Adama…

Valentin Valentin – Pascal Thomas

Veteran director Pascal Thomas clearly has a taste for adapting novels by a particular brand of British crime writer. He has already filmed four novels by the Grand Dame of British crime fiction Agatha Christie – By the Pricking of my Thumbs, Towards Zero, Crime is Our Business and Partners in Crime. He now turns…

Une Nouvelle Amie (The New Girlfriend) – François Ozon

After the award winning Jeune et Jolie, which was in competition for the coveted Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, François Ozon again explores sexuality with the noirish-drama, Une Nouvelle Amie (The New Girlfriend). Loosely based on a short story by British author Ruth Rendell – the mistress of the psychological thriller –…