La Mechanique de l’Ombre (Scribe) –  Thomas Kruithof

Not even a fine performance from François Cluzet as a reformed alcoholic who is haplessly drawn into a web of political intrigue can rescue Thomas Kruithof’s first full-length feature.  Billed as a thriller, La Mechanique de l’Ombre gets off to a promising start as Duval (Cluzet)  loses his job and marriage to executive burn out and is forced to accept…

Du Goudron et des Plumes (Patchwork Family) – Pascal Rabaté

Sami Bouajila excels in Pascal Rabaté’s Du Goudron et des Plumes, a touching morality tale set in provincial France which glances against several contemporary issues while retaining a sense of humour and a keen eye for the absurd.  It’s a simple story, simply told which emphasises the frailty of human nature while laying out a…