Un Sac de Billes (A Bag of Marbles) – Christian Duguay

Christian Duguay’s Un Sac de Billes is the second time the best-selling autobiographical novel has been brought to the big screen coming over forty years after Jacques Doillon’s own adaptation of the book by Joseph Jollo.  On the positive side, Duguay’s film is beautifully shot and boasts fine performances from its two main actors aged just 17 and 12-years-old.…

21 Nuits avec Pattie – Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu

The Larrieu brothers have a reputation for directing films with bizarre, quixotic storylines and 21 Nuits avec Pattie fits the bill perfectly. It takes a rare talent to tackle sexual taboos and produce a clever, amusing film which deftly avoids causing offense. And the Larrieu brothers are just the men for the job. Against the stunning…

Ange & Gabrielle  – Anne Giafferi

Anne Giafferi’s peppy, US-style romantic comedy, based on the play by Muriel Magellan L’Eveil du Chameau, is a perfect tonic for the winter blues.  Patrick Bruel (Ange) and Isabelle Carré (Gabrielle) make an attractive, if slightly older than usual, couple who fall in love after just the right measure of misunderstandings and misconceptions.  And the film…

Tu Veux ou Tu Veux Pas – Tonie Marshall

It’s hard to believe the award winning director of Vénus Beauté (institut) is the same person behind the lazy, romantic comedy Tu Veux ou Tu Veux Pas, a train-crash of a film which stretches credibility to the limit and throws together the sadly mismatched Sophie Marceau and Patrick Bruel as the romantic leads. There is…

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…