L’Etudiante et Monsieur Henri – Ivan Calbérac

Ivan Calbérac brings a touching, well-constructed adaptation of his hit play L’Etudiante et Monsieur Henri to the big screen with 79-year-old Claude Brasseur in fine form as a grouchy old man forced into sharing his apartment with Constance, a penniless student. On the face of it, the story has nothing original, but the plot throws a…

Love – Gaspar Noé

After a less than rapturous welcome at the recent Cannes Film Festival, the general public now has the chance to judge whether the latest film from provocative French director Gaspar Noé was worth all the fuss.  Love is Noé’s semi-autobiographical story of a director who wants to make a film about “sentimental sexuality”  Noé certainly…

La Famille Bélier – Eric Lartigau

Eric Lartigau’s La Famille Bélier has barely opened in cinemas in France and is already being hailed as THE French film of 2014. This is a feelgood movie à la française which piles on the schtick in the story of a family where all the members apart from the eldest daughter are deaf. It has French critics in raptures while…

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…

Papa was not a Rolling Stone – Sylvie Ohayon

For her first outing as director Sylvie Ohayon has adapted her autobiographical novel, Papa was not a Rolling Stone, to the big screen. It’s a coming-of-age film set in the notorious 4000 housing estate in La Courneuve on the outskirts of Paris which pulls no punches in it depiction of how grim life was back…

L’Ex de Ma Vie – Dorothée Sebbagh

L’Ex de Ma Vie is a flat, uninspired romantic comedy by Dorothée Sebbagh, a graduate of the prestigious Paris film school La Femis who, judging by her output to date, is struggling to hit winning form. Despite a promising storyline, Sebbagh fails to cash in on the pedigree of the lead actors Geraldine Nakache (All…

Les Yeux Jaunes des Crocodiles – Cécile Telerman

Based on the best-selling book by Katherine Pancol,  Belgian director Cécile Telerman has produced an entertaining chic-flic, full of warmth and humour which explores the complicated relationships between women without descending into dreary, psychological drama. This is Telerman’s third film and as she demonstrated with her previous outings –  Quelque chose á Te Dire (Blame it…

Claude Lelouche

Born 30 October 1937 in Paris. His father was said to have given him a camera after he failed his Baccalaureate.  He began by filming documentaries before moving into feature films. His first films met with little success until Un Homme et Une Femme  (A Man and a Woman) in 1966 which became a huge…