Arnaud Desplechin wins Best Director César

Arnaud Desplechin beat stiff competition from Emmanuelle Bercot, Maiwenn, Deniz Gamze Erguven, Xavier Giannoli and Jacques Audiard to take home the Best Director César for Trois Souvenirs de Ma Jeunesse. Deniz Gamze Erguven did not leave the ceremony empty-handed. She won the César for Best First Film and Best Editing as well as Best Original Screenplay and Best…

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…

Les Chevaliers Blancs (White Knights) – Joachim Lafosse

Lafosse’s film is based on the true story of Zoé’s Ark, a French NGO whose members were arrested for illegally trying to fly 103 African children from Chad to France in 2007. At the time the story raised questions over whether the affair was simply humanitarian goodwill gone wrong or more worryingly a sinister cover for…

Et Ta Soeur (Half Sister, Full Love) – Marion Vernoux

Marion Vernoux’s remake of Your Sister’s Sister is an almost exact replica of mumblecore director Lynn Shelton’s critically acclaimed 2012 independent hit. Vernoux has simply replaced Washington’s San Juan Islands with the wild and wooly Brittany coast.  It has the same scenes, chunks of the same dialogue and the same ending which begs the question does…

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…

Les Cowboys – Thomas Bidegain

Thomas Bidegain’s directorial debut brings to the screen an idea the successful scriptwriter has mulled over for years and which takes on new meaning after the recent tragic events in Paris.  Les Cowboys is the story of a father’s desperate search for his 16 year-old-daughter after she disappears abroad with her possibly jihadist boyfriend.  Questions…

Dheepan – Jacques Audiard: Video review

Dheepan directed by Jacques Audiard was the winner of the prestigious Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Audiard is considered by many critics to be one of the best French directors currently making films. Dheepan was a controversial choice for the top prize at Cannes. Whether or not it is ‘classic’ Audiard, as…

Les Cowboys wins Michel d’Ornano prize at Deauville American Film Festival

  Thomas Bidegain’s Les Cowboys, previewed at the Cannes Film Festival, has won the Michel d’Ornano prize at this year’s Deauville American Film Festival. Les Cowboys, starring François Damiens and John C Reilly, is Bidegain’s first time behind the camera. He is better known as a scriptwriter most notably with director Jacques Audiard on a…

Dheepan – Jacques Audiard

As Europe struggles to stem the floodtide of refugees crossing its borders, Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan is a grim reminder of the conditions faced by many who successfully make the transition to a new country.  It was a controversial choice for this year’s Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the announcement was booed by…

La Résistance de l’Air – Fred Grivois

For his debut feature Fred Grivois has called on the talent of successful French scriptwriters Thomas Bidegain and Noé Debré. The duo were responsible for Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan which took the top prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.  Bidegain also wrote Audiard’s award winning Un Prophète and De Rouille et d’Os and has recently…