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…

Demain Tout Commence – Hugo Gélin

Director Hugo Gélin’s latest comedy is a sugar-coated tale of a dyed-in-the-wool bachelor whose life changes dramatically when he is literally left holding the baby.  It initially smacks of Coline Serreau’s 3 Hommes et Un Couffin  (Three Men and a Baby) as  Samuel  (Omar Sy) struggles to adapt to fatherhood, with its many demands and sacrifices.…

Les Naufragés (Shipwrecked) – David Charhon

David Charhon’s disappointing comedy Les Naufragés is a waste of the talents of two gifted French actors – Daniel Auteuil and Laurent Stocker of the Comédie Française. Perhaps Charhon hoped to recreate the chemistry between the two leads that was behind the success of his last film De l’Autré Côté du Périph starring the ever-watchable Omar…

Chocolat – Roschdy Zem

Back on home turf after a couple of disappointing secondary roles stateside (Jurassic World, Burnt)  Omar Sy must be hoping Roschdy Zem’s biopic of Chocolat, France’s first black clown, will give his acting career a boost.  Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s Les Intouchables turned Sy into a star and this film, like Les Intouchables, is…

French films to watch out for in February

Chocolat – Roschdy Zem  After supporting roles in a number of films stateside including the monster box-office hit Jurassic World and the box-office flop Burnt, Omar Sy is back on home turf in Zem’s fourth directorial stint. Chocolat is the true story of France’s first black clown, Cuba’s Rafael Padilla. He and his partner Footit were…

Le Talent de Mes Amis – Alex Lutz

Alex Lutz, in the director’s chair for the first time with Le Talent de Mes Amis, is following a well-trodden path of small-screen comic actors who are looking to translate success on TV into the cinema.  Kev Adams, Max Boublil and perhaps most famously Omar Sy and Jean Dujardin all cut their teeth either in…

Samba – Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache

It’s a tough act to follow. Intouchables took 332 million euros worldwide and made a star of Omar Sy.  Directors Eric Toledana and Olivier Nakache have kept to a winning formula by again casting Sy in the lead role, but Samba lacks the magic ingredient that made Intouchables such a big hit. Its stellar cast including Charlotte Gainsbourg and Tahar…