Chacun Sa Vie – Claude Lelouche

Veteran director Claude Lelouche turns 80 in October and has struggled in recent years to find the form which earned him an Oscar for A Man and a Woman in 1967.  His last film, Un + Une, a quirky romantic comedy set in India with Jean Dujardin and Elza Zylberstein in the lead roles, saw a partial…

Retour Chez Ma Mère – Eric Lavaine

Director Eric Lavaine has followed up his successful 2014 film Barbecue with this banal, flat comedy which fairly reeks of missed opportunity. There are some sharp observations about internet techno-babble and how it has slipped into common usuage for the younger generation leaving behind a confused, older population.  But the basic back story of a…

En mai, fais ce qu’il te plaît – Christian Carion

Director Christian Carion’s last two films were based on true stories and his latest, En mai, fais ce qu’il te plaît follows the same trend. The award winning Joyeux Noël recounted the extraordinary events of December 1914 when opposing soldiers on the Western Front lay down their arms to celebrate Christmas together.  L’Affaire Farewell went…

Une Mère – Christine Carrière

Christine Carrière’s Une Mère is a heavy-handed, depressing film which raises the question of the durability of maternal love when pushed to the limit.  This tale of a 16-year-old deliquant youth, set on a path of self-destruction, bears unfavourable comparison to Emmanuelle’s Bercot’s La Tete Haute (Standing Tall) which opened this year’s Cannes Film Festival to…

La Liste de Mes Envies – Didier Le Pêcheur

Who would have thought a film about winning more than 18 million euros on the lottery could be so melancholy and, frankly, downright tedious? But director Didier Le Pêcheur has turned the best-selling novel and play, La Liste de Mes Envies, into a overlong ode to parsimony and simple living.  Pushing credibility to the limit, he suggests such…