A Bras Ouverts  (With Open Arms) – Philippe de Chauveron

Philippe de Chauveron hit box-office gold with Serial ‘Bad’ Weddings in 2014. With over 12 million admissions it was the year’s most popular French film.  Its overtly rascist humour was too much for anglophone audiences and the film was not picked up by distributors either in the UK or the US.  But this didn’t stop…

Le Grand Partage – Alexandra  Leclère

Combining social drama with comedy requires a lightness of touch missing from Leclère’s dismal Le Grand Partage. This despite the best efforts of Karin Viard whose presence in any film is usually enough to lift it out of the ordinary ( Lulu Femme Nue, 21 nuits avec Pattie, On a failli etre amis). There is comic…

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…

Papa ou Maman (Daddy or Mommy) – Martin Bourboulon

Home-grown comedies are currently riding the crest of a wave in France. After the huge success of Qu’est ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu and the ongoing healthy performance at the box-office of La Famille Béllier, Martin Bourboulon’s debut feature Papa ou Maman has all the hallmarks of a bonafide hit. Co-written by Alexandre…

20th Cérémonie des Lumières – French Golden Globes

Dubbed the French Golden Globes, the Cérémonie des Lumières on Monday night will honour the best in French-speaking cinema over the past year as decided by the international press based in Paris  The most nominated films include Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent, Benoît Jacquot’s Trois Cœurs and La Famille Bélier with four nominations each. Interestingly two young actors are both nominated for best…

Les Souvenirs – Jean-Paul Rouve

Actor/director Jean-Paul Rouve’s Les Souvenirs is a syrupy, lightweight drama based on the novel by David Foenkinos which deals with the problems faced by people at opposite ends of adult life.  Romain (Mathieu Spinosi) is a 23-year-old student seeking the love of his life while his 85-year-old grandmother (Annie Cordy) is stuggling to find meaning to…

Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu? – Philippe de Chauviron

On the eve of the Cannes Film Festival showcasing the best of domestic and international film, it’s sobering to realise the French movie currently pulling in crowds in France is a cliché-ridden, tasteless comedy based on racial intolerance. After just three weeks on the big screen, Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu? has drawn…