Le Sens de la Fête (C’est La Vie) – Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache

Since the huge success both at home and internationally of Intouchables, Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache have struggled to find another hit of the same magnitude  And it’s unlikely this tepid, patchy comedy is the answer. It’s an ensemble piece with some fine acting notably from Jean-Pierre Bacri as the owner of a wedding planning business.…

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…

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…

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…

l’Enquête (The Clearstream Affair) – Vincent Garenq

It’s a courageous director who will take on the complexity of one of France’s biggest financial and political scandals and attempt to turn it into a compelling drama.  Vincent Garenq has aleady proved he is the man for the job with his award winning Présumé Coupable which examined one of the country’s most notorious miscarriages of justice, the…

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,…

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 …

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…