Chacun Sa Vie – Claude Lelouche

Veteran director Claude Lelouche turns 80 in October and has struggled in recent years to find the form which earned him an Oscar for A Man and a Woman in 1967.  His last film, Un + Une, a quirky romantic comedy set in India with Jean Dujardin and Elza Zylberstein in the lead roles, saw a partial…

Un Homme à la Hauteur (Up for Love) –  Laurent Tirard

Jean Dujardin is one of France’s most bankable and popular comic actors. From his Oscar-winning performance in The Artist, which gained him entry to Hollywood’s George Clooney-led A-list, to the recent crowd-pleasing Un Plus Une, he often chooses films which play up his cheeky, boyish charm. Un Homme à la Hauteur is no exception and…

Un Plus Une – Claude Lelouche

After the disappointing Salaud On t’Aime, Claude Lelouche is back on familiar territory with a simple love story between a Man and a Woman.  Set in India in all its splendour, brought to life magnificently if a little disingenuously, by cinematographer Robert  Alazraki, Un plus Une oozes charm due mainly to the casting of Jean…

Five French films to see in December

  Un plus Une – Claude Lelouche. After the disappointing Salaud On t’Aime with ageing rocker Johnny Hallyday in the lead role, veteran director Lelouche goes further afield for this love story between forty-somethings Antoine (Jean Dujardin) and Anna (Elza Zylberstein). Premiered at the Festval du Film Francophone d’Angouleme, Jardin plays a famous film score…

La Dernière Leçon (The Final Lesson) – Pascale  Pouzadoux 

Pascale Pouzadoux changes register completely for her fourth directorial feature with  La Dernière Leçon which tackles head on the thorny and highly contentious issue of assisted death.  Her previous films include crowd-pleasing comedies such as Toutes les Filles sont Folles with Jean Dujardin and De L’Autre Côté du Lit with Dany Boon and Sophie Marceau as…

Le Talent de Mes Amis – Alex Lutz

Alex Lutz, in the director’s chair for the first time with Le Talent de Mes Amis, is following a well-trodden path of small-screen comic actors who are looking to translate success on TV into the cinema.  Kev Adams, Max Boublil and perhaps most famously Omar Sy and Jean Dujardin all cut their teeth either in…

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 …

9 Mois Ferme (9 Month Stretch) – Albert Dupontel

Zany, black comedy, 9 Mois Ferme, is on track to becoming one of 2013’s surprise top earning films in France.  It was written, directed and stars French cinema bad boy Albert Dupontel and has attracted over 1,500,000 cinemagoers so far with no signs of running out of steam. The film is the simple story of…