Marseille – Kad Merad

Dubbed the southern France version of the hit film Bienvenu Chez les Ch’tis (Welcome to the Sticks), Kad Merad’s third directorial feature is a tangled mess of half-baked ideas and errant storylines.  Doubtless conceived out of a love for the sprawling, ethnically mixed, vibrant city of Marseille, his film lacks focus and heart despite its…

La French (The Connection) – Cédric Jimenez

Apart from advertising a well-known brand of coffee alongside Hollywood celebrity George Clooney, Oscar winning actor Jean Dujardin has been largely absent from French screens. Now he’s back with the stylish thriller La French set in Marseille in the 1970s.  Comparisons with The French Connection, starring Gene Hackman as Popeye Doyle, are hard to ignore,…