Un Sac de Billes (A Bag of Marbles) – Christian Duguay

Christian Duguay’s Un Sac de Billes is the second time the best-selling autobiographical novel has been brought to the big screen coming over forty years after Jacques Doillon’s own adaptation of the book by Joseph Jollo.  On the positive side, Duguay’s film is beautifully shot and boasts fine performances from its two main actors aged just 17 and 12-years-old.…

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…

Une Heure de Tranquillité (Do Not Disturb) – Patrice Leconte

As 2014 came to a close, one final shot at raising a smille opened in cinemas with Christian Clavier – the King Midas of French comedy  – in the lead role.  Patrice Leconte’s Une Heure de Tranquillité reunites the director with Clavier who appeared in his string of hugely successful French comic films Les Bronzés.…

Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu? – Philippe de Chauviron

On the eve of the Cannes Film Festival showcasing the best of domestic and international film, it’s sobering to realise the French movie currently pulling in crowds in France is a cliché-ridden, tasteless comedy based on racial intolerance. After just three weeks on the big screen, Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu? has drawn…

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)…