Le Ciel Attendra – Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar. 

  For Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar’s fourth film, the director uses a subject taken straight from the news headlines to explore the phenomenon of the thousands of young French women leaving home to join the ranks of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. Just as with her last film, Les Heritiers, which used the backdrop…

La Dernière Leçon (The Final Lesson) – Pascale  Pouzadoux 

Pascale Pouzadoux changes register completely for her fourth directorial feature with  La Dernière Leçon which tackles head on the thorny and highly contentious issue of assisted death.  Her previous films include crowd-pleasing comedies such as Toutes les Filles sont Folles with Jean Dujardin and De L’Autre Côté du Lit with Dany Boon and Sophie Marceau as…

Agnès Varda – Cléo de 5 à 7 revisited

Far removed from the glitz and glamour of a Hollywood-style celebrity interview, legendary film director Agnès Varda relaxes comfortably in a large garden in the west of Paris to talk about her masterpiece Cléo de 5 à 7 at an event to launch a remastered version of the film sponsored by luxury goods firm, LVMH. At 86-years-of-age,…

Salaud, On t’Aime (We Love You, You Bastard) – Claude Lelouche

For his 44th film, veteran director Claude Lelouche has made, on his own admission, his most autobiographical film to date dedicating this film to his seven childen by five different mothers. Salaud On t’Aime is a rambling tale of a father’s attempt to reconcile with his four daughters which is marred by woeful miscasting and…