5 French films to watch out for this autumn

  Marguerite – Xavier Giannoli. In competition at the Venice Film Festival, Marguerite marks the return to the big screen of the remarkable Catherine Frot (La Tourneuse de Pages, Le DÎner de Cons) after a three year absence. She plays Marguerite, a tone-deaf socialite who dreams of fame as an opera singer. Set in the…

Entre amis -Olivier Baroux

Films starring Daniel Auteuil are like the old adage about London buses, you wait ages for one and then two come along at once. This week sees the release of Olivier Baroux’s crowd pleasing comedy Entre Amis with Auteuil playing Richard, a successful businessman in his early sixties who invites his two best friends and their partners…

L’Astragale – Brigitte Sy

For her second stint behind the camera, Brigitte Sy has brought together two of the most talented of a younger generation of French actors – Reda Kateb and Lei¨la Bekhti.  And they are unmatched as the ill-fated lovers Julien and Albertine drawn from the autographical novel written by the young, Algerian-born Albertine Sarrazin in 1965 .The…

Avant l’Hiver (Before the Winter Chill) – Philippe Claudel

Novelist turned film-maker Philippe Claudel is covering all bases with Avant l’Hiver (Before the Winter Chill). His third outing as a director is part psychological thriller, part classic love triangle and part domestic drama with Daniel Auteuil once again showing masterly control over a storyline that crawls along at a snail’s pace leaving plenty of…