Dalida – Lisa Azuelos

Lisa Azuelos’s film of one of France’s most popular singers skims over the surface of the life of the Egyptian/Italian artist to hone in on her disastrous relationships with men interspersed with a race through some of her most memorable hits. For a singer who sold over 80 million records worldwide, this is no mean feat.  But it’s doubtful if…

Isabelle Huppert up for Best Actress Oscar and César awards

After taking the Golden Globe for Best Actress on January 8 for her magnificent performance in Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, Isabelle Huppert is now in the running for a much coveted Oscar award as well as a César, the French equivalent of the Academy Awards. Huppert faces tough Oscar competition from some of Hollywood’s most respected…

Nabil Ayouch’s Much Loved takes top prize at Angoulême Festival

Nabil Ayouch’s film Much Loved has won the top prize at the Angoulême French Film Festival which took place over the weekend. Ayouch’s film tells the story of four women working as prostitutes in Morocco’s most popular tourist destination, Marrakesh.  It was banned by the Moroccan government after it was screened at this year’s Cannes Film Festival…

Le Combat Ordinaire – Laurent Tuel

Laurent Tuel is not the first director to mine France’s long tradition of bande dessinées for inspiration. Some of the more successful cinematic adaptations of popular French graphic novels – Asterix, Lucky Luke and Tintin aside – include Abdellatif Kechiche’s La Vie d”Adele (Blue is the Warmest Colour), the winner of the Palme d’Or at…

Maintenant ou Jamais – Serge Frydman

Serge Frydman’s Maintenant ou Jamais (Now or Never) is a love story disguised as a thriller with a touch of social commentary thrown in for good measure. While there’s plenty of heat between the two main characters – Juliette (Leila Bekhti) and Manuel (Nicolas Duvauchelle) – neither the love affair nor the bank heist, which…

‘Pour Une Femme’ – Diane Kurys

In this the third in a series of largely autobiographical films, Kurys turns the camera on a post second-world war love-triangle between two brothers and the woman they both desire.  Pour Une Femme opens with Anne (Sylvie Testud) sorting through her mother’s belongings shortly after her death. In a suitcase she finds a photograph of Léna with…