Brilliantissime – Michèle Laroque

Michèle Laroque is one of France’s most talented and durable comic actors both on stage and screen. For her first time behind the camera with Brillantissime, she has adapted an English play by Geraldine Aron, My Brilliant Divorce, in which she has already appeared on the French stage.  It’s a role tailor-made for Laroque who does…

Marseille – Kad Merad

Dubbed the southern France version of the hit film Bienvenu Chez les Ch’tis (Welcome to the Sticks), Kad Merad’s third directorial feature is a tangled mess of half-baked ideas and errant storylines.  Doubtless conceived out of a love for the sprawling, ethnically mixed, vibrant city of Marseille, his film lacks focus and heart despite its…

On voulait Tout Casser – Philippe Guillard

Not even actors of the calibre of Benoît Magimel and Charles Berling can breathe life into this lightweight, uninspiring comedy which is following a current trend in French cinema for celebrating longstanding male friendships – Les Coeurs des Hommes, Entre Amis, Nos Femmes. The twist here is one of this band of childhood friends has been…

Bis – Dominique Farrugia

It’s surprising to learn Dominique Farrugia’s Bis is based on an original idea from two of France’s most prolific and successful writing/directing teams to date –  Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patellière. While Farrugia’s comedy can boast the likeable Franck Dubosc and equally pleasing Kad Merad in the lead roles, this story of two…

Supercondriaque – Dany Boon

Dany Boon, has missed a golden opportunity to delve into the psyche of a nation known as the pill popping champions of Europe with his latest outing as director, Supercondriaque.  There is much comedy is to be found in poking fun at the French habit of running to consult a doctor at every sore throat…