Un Homme à la Hauteur (Up for Love) –  Laurent Tirard

Jean Dujardin is one of France’s most bankable and popular comic actors. From his Oscar-winning performance in The Artist, which gained him entry to Hollywood’s George Clooney-led A-list, to the recent crowd-pleasing Un Plus Une, he often chooses films which play up his cheeky, boyish charm. Un Homme à la Hauteur is no exception and…

Stars line up for Cannes Film Festival 2016

  With two months still to go before the start of the 69th Cannes Film Festival, news is beginning to trickle in as to who will grace this year’s Croisette and climb the famous red-carpet outside the Grand Palais. Jodie Foster will be there accompanied by lead actors George Clooney and Julia Roberts for her…

La French (The Connection) – Cédric Jimenez

Apart from advertising a well-known brand of coffee alongside Hollywood celebrity George Clooney, Oscar winning actor Jean Dujardin has been largely absent from French screens. Now he’s back with the stylish thriller La French set in Marseille in the 1970s.  Comparisons with The French Connection, starring Gene Hackman as Popeye Doyle, are hard to ignore,…

Le Dernier Diamant (The Last Diamond) – Eric Barbier

Good French heist movies have been thin on the ground over the last few years, a fault director Eric Barbier has now set right with Le Dernier Diamant, a tense, well-constructed thriller with enough twists and turns to keep audiences guessing until the final credits. The US has pretty much cornered the market in this…

Diplomatie – Volker Schlondorff

André Dussollier and Niels Arustrup engage in a captivating battle of words in German director Volker Schlondorff’s adaptation of the 2011 hit play Diplomatie by French playwright Cyril Gely. Similar in theme to George Clooney’s The Monuments Men  – notably the importance of preserving a country’s cultural heritage – Diplomatie verbally twists and turns as…