Sous le Meme Toit – Dominique Farrugia

 The couple who try to rebuild a relationship post-divorce is fertile ground for comedy.  Martin Bourboulon’s Papa ou Maman is an excellent example of an original idea, a well-written script and bucket loads of chemistry between the two lead actors Laurent Lafitte and Marina Foïs. Elements sadly lacking from Dominique Farrugia’s tedious comedy Sous le Meme Toit.  In an…

Maintenant ou Jamais – Serge Frydman

Serge Frydman’s Maintenant ou Jamais (Now or Never) is a love story disguised as a thriller with a touch of social commentary thrown in for good measure. While there’s plenty of heat between the two main characters – Juliette (Leila Bekhti) and Manuel (Nicolas Duvauchelle) – neither the love affair nor the bank heist, which…

Gibraltar – Julien Leclercq

Based on a true story, Gibraltar directed by Julien Leclercq (The Assault) and with a screen play by Abdel Raouf Dafri (A Prophet,Mesrine Public Enemy #1) is a taut, emotionally charged thriller which cracks along at a fine pace mixing political intrigue, personal loyalty and ultimate betrayal.  Gibraltar follows Marc Duval, (Gilles Lellouche), an ex-patriate Frenchman who is the…