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…

21 Nuits avec Pattie – Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu

The Larrieu brothers have a reputation for directing films with bizarre, quixotic storylines and 21 Nuits avec Pattie fits the bill perfectly. It takes a rare talent to tackle sexual taboos and produce a clever, amusing film which deftly avoids causing offense. And the Larrieu brothers are just the men for the job. Against the stunning…

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…

Les Chaises Musicales – Marie Belhomme

Marie Belhomme relies solely on the charm of her leading lady, Isabelle Carré, to carry this bittersweet comedy about a lost soul looking for love. It’s a tall order even for someone as experienced as Carré, especially with a plot which has the audience galloping ahead to the punchline way ahead of everyone else.  And…