Le Petit Locataire (A Bun in the Oven) – Nadège Loiseau 

Nadège Loiseau’s directorial debut is an adaptation of her short film Le Locataire developed here into a full length comic feature.  Karin Viard (La Famille Bèlier, 21 Nuits avec Pattie) does a sterling job as Nicole Payan, a 49-year old woman, mother of two grown-up children, who finds she is expecting a third child.  Billed as a…

Les Cowboys – Thomas Bidegain

Thomas Bidegain’s directorial debut brings to the screen an idea the successful scriptwriter has mulled over for years and which takes on new meaning after the recent tragic events in Paris.  Les Cowboys is the story of a father’s desperate search for his 16 year-old-daughter after she disappears abroad with her possibly jihadist boyfriend.  Questions…

Le Tout Nouveau Testament (The Brand New Testament) – Jaco van Dormael

Jaco van Dormael’s irreverant comedy has an storyline worthy of a superior surrealist mind.  In this new interpretation of The Bible, the Belgian director’s God is a misanthropic, angry, middle-aged man living in a shabby apartment in the Belgian capital, Brussels. It’s so crazy it just might work and yet a promising start is lost in a…

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…

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…

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…

Papa ou Maman (Daddy or Mommy) – Martin Bourboulon

Home-grown comedies are currently riding the crest of a wave in France. After the huge success of Qu’est ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu and the ongoing healthy performance at the box-office of La Famille Béllier, Martin Bourboulon’s debut feature Papa ou Maman has all the hallmarks of a bonafide hit. Co-written by Alexandre…

Sissako’s Timbuktu wins coveted Prix Lumière for Best Film

Franco-Mauritanian film Timbuktu directed by Abderrahmane Sissako won the Prix Lumière for Best Film on Monday night at a ceremony dubbed the French Golden Globes. The international press based in Paris also awarded Sissako the Best Director prize. Timbuktu faced stiff competiton for best filim including Celine Sciamma’s Bande de Filles and Saint Laurent directed by Bertrand Bonello.…

20th Cérémonie des Lumières – French Golden Globes

Dubbed the French Golden Globes, the Cérémonie des Lumières on Monday night will honour the best in French-speaking cinema over the past year as decided by the international press based in Paris  The most nominated films include Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent, Benoît Jacquot’s Trois Cœurs and La Famille Bélier with four nominations each. Interestingly two young actors are both nominated for best…