Larguées (Dumped) – Eloïse Lang

Actress Camille Cottin and director Eloïse Lang produced one of the surprise French box-office hits of 2015, Harry Me which detailed in documentary-style Cottin’s attempt to marry Britian’s Prince Harry. The team have reunited in Larguées for a more conventional film about love and loss and drafted in veteran actress Miou Miou to add gravity…

Floride – Philippe Le Guay

Philippe Le Guay’s Floride boasts a magnificent tour de force by veteran actor Jean Rochefort as a senile octogenerian whose daily existence is a confusing mix of fantasy and reality.  Alongside Sandrine Kiberlain as the well-meaning daughter caught between practical necessity and filial duty, the two actors flesh out a scenario which fails to capture the black comedy and the subtle shift in the…

On voulait Tout Casser – Philippe Guillard

Not even actors of the calibre of Benoît Magimel and Charles Berling can breathe life into this lightweight, uninspiring comedy which is following a current trend in French cinema for celebrating longstanding male friendships – Les Coeurs des Hommes, Entre Amis, Nos Femmes. The twist here is one of this band of childhood friends has been…

Nos Femmes – Richard Berry

After a hugely successful run at the Théâtre de Paris two years ago, Richard Berry and Daniel Auteuil are hoping the chemistry that worked its magic on stage will translate to the big screen with a cinematic adaption of Eric Assous’ play Nos Femmes. With Berry and Auteuil recreating the same roles and Berry once…

Une Heure de Tranquillité (Do Not Disturb) – Patrice Leconte

As 2014 came to a close, one final shot at raising a smille opened in cinemas with Christian Clavier – the King Midas of French comedy  – in the lead role.  Patrice Leconte’s Une Heure de Tranquillité reunites the director with Clavier who appeared in his string of hugely successful French comic films Les Bronzés.…