L’Embarras du Choix – Eric Lavaine

Director Eric Lavaine’s L’Embarras du Choix is a formulaic romantic comedy more at home on the small screen than deserving of the full cinema treatment.  It follows the box-office success of Lavaine’s last stint in the director’s chair, Retour Chez Ma Mere, and redrafts the same lead actress Alexandre Lamy.  L’Embarras du Choix sits neatly…

Retour Chez Ma Mère – Eric Lavaine

Director Eric Lavaine has followed up his successful 2014 film Barbecue with this banal, flat comedy which fairly reeks of missed opportunity. There are some sharp observations about internet techno-babble and how it has slipped into common usuage for the younger generation leaving behind a confused, older population.  But the basic back story of a…

Joséphine s’arrondit – Marilou Berry

For her directorial debut, Marilou Berry has chosen a follow-up to 2013’s moderately successful Joséphine directed by Agnès Obadia with Berry in the title role.  Both films are based on the graphic novels by Pénélope Bagieu which follow the trials and tribulations of a  30-something single woman looking for love.  Sounds familiar? The novels have been compared…

Arrête ton cinéma – Diane Kurys

For the first time in the director’s chair in three years, Diane Kurys has brought actress Sylvie Testud’s best selling novel  ‘C’est le Métier qui Rentre‘ to cinematic audiences. Essentially Arrête ton Cinéma is a film based on a book about a film about a screenplay. And if that were not complicated enough Testud herself takes…

Le Grand Partage – Alexandra  Leclère

Combining social drama with comedy requires a lightness of touch missing from Leclère’s dismal Le Grand Partage. This despite the best efforts of Karin Viard whose presence in any film is usually enough to lift it out of the ordinary ( Lulu Femme Nue, 21 nuits avec Pattie, On a failli etre amis). There is comic…