Mon Garçon (My Son) – Christian Carion

Guillaume Canet is excellent as the desperate father seeking his kidnapped young son in Christian Carion’s taut thriller. Reworking a theme seen recently in the hugely successful Taken series and Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoner, Carion takes the action to snowy eastern France. A bleak area of the country which reflects the icy relationship between Julien (Canet)…

Rock’n Roll – Guillaume Canet

Guillaume Canet’s Rock’n’ Roll is a fine example of a genre of film not often seen from French directors. In addition, this self-parodying film comes from an actor/director not well-known for his pure comic talent.  Canet is more often seen in taut thrillers like La Prochaine Fois Je Viserai le Coeur or L’Homme qu’on Aimait…

Quand on a 17 ans (Being 17) – André Téchiné

After 2014’s In the Name of my Daughter, based on the true story of the unsolved disappearance of heiress Agnès Le Roux, veteran director André Téchiné is back on fictional ground with Quand On a 17 Ans. And he has delivered one of his best films to date.  Premiered at this year’s Berlin Film festival, it’s…

Les Combattants (Love at First Fight) – Thomas Cailley

Thomas Cailley’s first feature-length film Les Combattants went home with a slew of prizes from February’s film award season. Three Césars including best first film for Cailley, best actress for Adèle Haenel and best male newcomer for Kevin Azaïs as well as best first film and best male newcomer at the Cérémonie des Prix Lumières, known as the French Golden…

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…

La Prochaine Fois Je Viserai le Coeur – Cédric Anger

For his third outing as director, former Cahiers du Cinema journalist Cédric Anger has gone back to May 1978 and the true story of Alain Lamare, a gendarme, who went on an ten-month killing spree causing widespread fear among young women in the Oise region of France.  Anger’s La Prochaine Fois Je Viserai le Coeur is…