Iris – Jalil Lespert

Jalil Lespert’s Iris is an entertaining thriller loosely based on Hideo Nakata’s novel Chaos. Australian screenwriter Andrew Bovell  who penned A Most Wanted Man and Lantana,  wrote the original adaptation of the Japanese film, with Lespert and his Yves Saint Laurent co-writer, Jérémie Guez, tackling the French version of the script. Iris is smart and sassy with a well-paced plot…

Five – Igor Gotesman

For audiences who like their comedy on the crude side with plenty of off-colour sexual references, endless scenes of dope smoking and even a modicum of scatalogical humour then Igor Gotesman’s directoral debut is just the ticket.  But disappointment awaits those attracted by the presence of Pierre Niney, formerly of the prestigious La Comédie Française,…

Eperdument (Down by Love) – Pierre Godeau

For his second feature, director Pierre Godeau’s has drafted in two of the finest of a younger generation of French actors. Guillaume Gallienne of the prestigious La Comédie Française who drew rave reviews for his directorial debut Les Garcons, et Guillaume, à Table for which he also received the 2014 Best Actor César.  And Adèle Exarchopoulos who…

Premiers Crus – Jérôme Le Maire

Jérôme Le Maire’s Premiers Crus is a US-style, feelgood movie with a French twist.  From the catchy jazz number which accompanies the opening credits to the stunning backdrop of the Burgundy wine-growing region, this film pulls out all the stops in its desire to please.  Wine buffs will love the behind-the-scenes look at the French…

Un Homme Idéal (A Perfect Man) – Yann Gozlan

Following mixed reviews for his directorial debut Captifs (Caged), Yann Gozlan has turned down the gore and turned up the suspense for Un Homme Idéal starring Pierre Niney, recent winner of the best actor César for the title role in Jalill Lespert’s  Yves Saint Laurent.  Un Homme Idéal has a definite whiff of Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr…

Timbuktu wins big at French Césars ahead of Oscar ceremony

Abderrahmane Sissako was the undisputed winner of the 40th Césars awards ceremony Friday night with his highly praised  Timbuktu taking home seven awards including best film and best director. Earlier this month, Timbuktu was awarded the coveted Prix Lumiere at a ceremony in Paris. On Friday Timbuktu also picked up the award for best original screenplay, best…

Saint Laurent – Bertrand Bonello

Two films within the space of a year about the man behind Mondrian dresses and Le Smoking suggests Yves Saint Laurent was much more than a gifted fashion designer and a finger-on-the-pulse trendsetter.  But neither Jalil Lespert’s Yves Saint Laurent or this latest offering from Bertrand Bonello adequately explain the fascination with a man whose…