Top 10 French films of 2015

      As 2016 gets underway, it’s never too late to look back at the best of French cinema in 2015. Here is French Cinema Review’s Top 10 French films of 2015. It’s a list of my personal favourites. Feel free to let me know those French films you most enjoyed in 2015. Asphalte…

21 Nuits avec Pattie – Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu

The Larrieu brothers have a reputation for directing films with bizarre, quixotic storylines and 21 Nuits avec Pattie fits the bill perfectly. It takes a rare talent to tackle sexual taboos and produce a clever, amusing film which deftly avoids causing offense. And the Larrieu brothers are just the men for the job. Against the stunning…

Ange & Gabrielle  – Anne Giafferi

Anne Giafferi’s peppy, US-style romantic comedy, based on the play by Muriel Magellan L’Eveil du Chameau, is a perfect tonic for the winter blues.  Patrick Bruel (Ange) and Isabelle Carré (Gabrielle) make an attractive, if slightly older than usual, couple who fall in love after just the right measure of misunderstandings and misconceptions.  And the film…

Joachim Lafosse’s Les Chevaliers Blancs wins director’s prize at San Sebastian Festival

Joachim Lafosse’s Les Chevaliers Blancs won the director’s prize at last weekend’s San Sebastian International Film Festival. Vincent Lindon, Louise Bourgoin, Valérie Donzelli, Reda Kateb star in the story of Jacques Arnault, head of Sud Secours NGO, who is planning to exfiltrate 300 orphans victims of Chadian civil war and bring them to French adoption applicants. Françoise…

Les Chaises Musicales – Marie Belhomme

Marie Belhomme relies solely on the charm of her leading lady, Isabelle Carré, to carry this bittersweet comedy about a lost soul looking for love. It’s a tall order even for someone as experienced as Carré, especially with a plot which has the audience galloping ahead to the punchline way ahead of everyone else.  And…

Respire – Mélanie Laurent

Mélanie Laurent is better known for her appearances in front of the camera. She has starred alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest names including Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds), Jake Gyllenhaal (Enemy), Morgan Freeman (Now you see me, now you don’t) and Ewan McGregor (Beginners). After a lukewarm reception to her directorial debut, Les Adoptés, she is…

Du Goudron et des Plumes (Patchwork Family) – Pascal Rabaté

Sami Bouajila excels in Pascal Rabaté’s Du Goudron et des Plumes, a touching morality tale set in provincial France which glances against several contemporary issues while retaining a sense of humour and a keen eye for the absurd.  It’s a simple story, simply told which emphasises the frailty of human nature while laying out a…