Les Naufragés (Shipwrecked) – David Charhon

David Charhon’s disappointing comedy Les Naufragés is a waste of the talents of two gifted French actors – Daniel Auteuil and Laurent Stocker of the Comédie Française. Perhaps Charhon hoped to recreate the chemistry between the two leads that was behind the success of his last film De l’Autré Côté du Périph starring the ever-watchable Omar…

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…

Ange & Gabrielle  – Anne Giafferi

Anne Giafferi’s peppy, US-style romantic comedy, based on the play by Muriel Magellan L’Eveil du Chameau, is a perfect tonic for the winter blues.  Patrick Bruel (Ange) and Isabelle Carré (Gabrielle) make an attractive, if slightly older than usual, couple who fall in love after just the right measure of misunderstandings and misconceptions.  And the film…

Caprice – Emmanuel Mouret

Billed as a romantic comedy, Emmanuel Mouret’s Caprice struggles to fit the description.  True, love is the motor that drives the tangled relationships between the four leading characters, but any comedy is distinctly thin on the ground. Hopes Caprice will be an entertaining, American-style look at love among the Parisian middle class are raised by the opening…

Chic! – Jérôme Cornuau

The New Year is off to a promising start with Jérôme Cornuau’s romantic comedy Chic! starring veteran French actress Fanny Ardant in fine form. Cornuau, whose work is more often seen on television, has produced a smart, sassy film which manages to stay fresh and engaging despite the predictable storyline. French cinema is no stranger to…