Bonne Pomme (Nobody’s Perfect) – Florence Quentin

Two of France’s most iconic actors – Gérard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve – appear on screen for the tenth time in Florence Quentin’s lightweight romantic drama. And both talented actors deserve better than this tepid, confusing film which is clearly suffering from an identity crisis. Part comedy-part fantasy, Bonne Pomme never seems to get going…

The Oscar-nominated actors from French cinema

This Sunday marks one of the biggest dates on the global cinema calendar – The Academy Awards, or The Oscars, as they are more widely-known. The awards unite the creme-de-la-creme from international cinema, and celebrates the very best work of actors, actresses, directors and producers. This year’s nominees include Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Ryan…

Pedro Almodóvar to head Cannes Festival jury

The flamboyant icon of Spanish cinema and world-famous director and screenwriter Pedro Almodóvar is to be the next President of the Jury for the Festival International du Film de Cannes, which begins on 17th May and will be celebrating its 70th edition. Five of his  films – All About my Mother (Todo Sobre mi Madre, Best Director), Volver (Best Screenplay, Best…

Saint Amour – Gustave Kervern, Benoît Delépine

Kervern and Delépine’s highly-accomplished, multi-layered, surreal comedy Saint Amour should go some way to restoring Gérard Depardieu as one of France’s greatest actors.  His moving performance in Valley of Love opposite Isabelle Huppert was a show-stopper.  But here he adds weight, literally, to the role of Jean, a father desperately trying to connect with his…

Isabelle Huppert shines at New York’s Rendez-Vous With French Cinema

by Paula Schwartz.  Isabelle Huppert was the big star attraction at the opening night of the 21st edition of Rendez-Vous With French Cinema, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Unifrance. Her film, Valley of Love, co-starring Gérard Depardieu and directed by Guillaume Nicloux, enjoyed its North American premiere at the popular film…

César awards nominate 3 female directors for first time

For the first time in the history of the César awards – the French equivalent of the Oscars – three female directors are in the running for the coveted prize for Best Director at the upcoming ceremony on 26 February. They include Emmanuelle Bercot for the Cannes festival opener La Tête Haute,  Maïwenn for Mon Roi which…

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…

Valley of Love – Guillaume Nicloux

Ghost story, love story or even metaphysical thriller Guillaume Nicloux’s Valley of Love,  in competition at last month’s Cannes Film Festival, is an eclectic mix of genres held together beautifully by French icons Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert. These two have not been together on screen for 35 years when they played lovers in Maurice Pialat’s Loulou…

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…

Kechiche, Audiard, Noé – who will make the cut at Cannes 2015

With just over two months to go before the 68th Cannes Film Festival kicks off, the rumour mill is now in full swing with films by Abdellatif Kechiche, Gaspar Noé and Jacques Audiard touted as possible entries in this year’s competition. 2015 is forecast to be a bumper year for European and Asian films. And while…