Sous le Meme Toit – Dominique Farrugia

 The couple who try to rebuild a relationship post-divorce is fertile ground for comedy.  Martin Bourboulon’s Papa ou Maman is an excellent example of an original idea, a well-written script and bucket loads of chemistry between the two lead actors Laurent Lafitte and Marina Foïs. Elements sadly lacking from Dominique Farrugia’s tedious comedy Sous le Meme Toit.  In an…

Tout pour être Heureux – Cyril Gelblat

Cyril Gelblat’s bitter-sweet romantic comedy is lifted out of the ordinary by the touching performance of Manu Payet as Antoine, a fortyish failed musician forced to face up to his adult responsibilities.  It’s a coming of age film with a twist.  Antoine’s passage into maturity comes late but is as painful and poignant as any…

Films to watch in April – Clavier and Reno star in Les Visiteurs 3

LES VISITEURS – LA REVOLUTION – JEAN-MARIE POIRE It’s taken Jean-Marie Poiré 18 years to direct the third in his series of Les Visiteurs films. The first, back in 1993 introduced Jean Reno as Comte Godefroy de Montmirail and Christian Clavier as Jacquouille la Fripouille to cinema audiences and was a massive hit in France with over 13…

Un Début Prometteur – Emma Luchini

Un Début Prometteur, Emma Luchini’s second full-length feature is a family affair.  Based on the novel by her partner author Nicolas Rey and with father Fabrice in one of the lead roles, this tragi-comedy has top class credentials yet struggles to get into its stride.  Casting comic actor and stand-up comedian Manu Payet against type as the alcoholic,…