Médecin de Campagne (Irreplaceable) – Thomas Lilti

Doctor-turned-director Thomas Lilti seems to be leading a one-man cinematic campaign highlighting the threats facing the French health system.  After Hippocrate, a no-nonsense look at life for a young intern at a Paris hospital,  Lilti now turns his attention to the dwindling number of doctors drawn to the often difficult life of a rural practice.…

Chocolat – Roschdy Zem

Back on home turf after a couple of disappointing secondary roles stateside (Jurassic World, Burnt)  Omar Sy must be hoping Roschdy Zem’s biopic of Chocolat, France’s first black clown, will give his acting career a boost.  Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s Les Intouchables turned Sy into a star and this film, like Les Intouchables, is…

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…

On a failli être amies – Anne Le Ny

For her fourth outing as director Anne Le Ny brings to the big screen a charming, romantic comedy based on one of the staples of French cinema – the love triangle.  (Le Ny was Yvonne in the huge French hit movie Les Intouchables).  On the surface, On a faille etre amies revolves around the story…

Une Rencontre (Quantum Love) – Lisa Azuelos

The last two films directed by Lisa Azuelos met with a mixed reception. LOL (Laughing Out Loud), the French version, was a huge hit in France while it’s American remake, starring teen-star turned infamous twerker, Miley Cyrus, was a monumental flop. This time Azuelos keeps the focus on love but shifts from adolescent angst to…