Rock’n Roll – Guillaume Canet

Guillaume Canet’s Rock’n’ Roll is a fine example of a genre of film not often seen from French directors. In addition, this self-parodying film comes from an actor/director not well-known for his pure comic talent.  Canet is more often seen in taut thrillers like La Prochaine Fois Je Viserai le Coeur or L’Homme qu’on Aimait…

French films to watch out for in February

Chocolat – Roschdy Zem  After supporting roles in a number of films stateside including the monster box-office hit Jurassic World and the box-office flop Burnt, Omar Sy is back on home turf in Zem’s fourth directorial stint. Chocolat is the true story of France’s first black clown, Cuba’s Rafael Padilla. He and his partner Footit were…

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…

Les Souvenirs – Jean-Paul Rouve

Actor/director Jean-Paul Rouve’s Les Souvenirs is a syrupy, lightweight drama based on the novel by David Foenkinos which deals with the problems faced by people at opposite ends of adult life.  Romain (Mathieu Spinosi) is a 23-year-old student seeking the love of his life while his 85-year-old grandmother (Annie Cordy) is stuggling to find meaning to…

SMS – Gabriel Julien-Laferrière

Gabriel Julien-Laferrière’s first outing as director with the 2009 tepid comedy Neuilly Sa Mère was a domestic box-office success. It’s taken him five years to return to the big screen with an adaptation of  Laurent Bénégui’s novel SMS and the wait is something of an anti-climax. SMS sits uncomfortably on the fence between a madcap comedy, a love story and…

Fiston – Pascal Bourdiaux

Kev Adams, one of the co-stars of Pascal Bourdiaux’s film Fiston, is hugely popular among France’s younger generation. His one-man stand-up comedy shows regularly pack out venues all over the country, he stars in his own TV series, Soda, and had a lead role in the most successful French film of 2013, Les Profs which…

Prêt à Tout – Nicolas Cuche

Romantic comedy  Prêt à Tout is full of good ideas and potential comic riches that rely too heavily on the charm of leading man Max Boublil, a stand-up comedian who has found popularity among France’s YouTuber generation.  He is most famous to date for his You Tube hit J’aime les moches (I love ugly girls)…