Amoureux de ma Femme – Daniel Auteuil

After directing three highly successful films based on the novels by Marcel Pagnol ( La Fille du Puisatier and Maruis and Fanny) Daniel Auteuil again steps behind the camera for Amoureuse de Ma Femme sharing top billing himself with the formidable Gerard Depardieu and the hugely watchable Sandrine Kiberlain (Comme un Avion, Floride ), Expectations run high for this…

Quand on a 17 ans (Being 17) – André Téchiné

After 2014’s In the Name of my Daughter, based on the true story of the unsolved disappearance of heiress Agnès Le Roux, veteran director André Téchiné is back on fictional ground with Quand On a 17 Ans. And he has delivered one of his best films to date.  Premiered at this year’s Berlin Film festival, it’s…

Top 10 female French directors to watch

With three female French directors in competition for the first time ever for the prestigious Best Director prize at the upcoming César film awards in France, it’s interesting to note Maiwenn, Emmanuelle Bercot and Deniz Gamze Ergüven are not the only woman producing quality films in what is usually a male-dominated industry. Here are ten…

Encore Heureux – Benoît Graffin

Sandrine Kiberlain (Marie) and Edouard Baer (Sam) headline this slow, lazy comedy set against the backdrop of France’s current economic and social malaise. Benoît Graffin’s middle-class, married couple are doubtless there to demonstrate unemployment, homelessness and poverty are not the preserve of the disaffected working class. And the situation is ripe for an astute, well-observed,…

Top 10 French films of 2015

      As 2016 gets underway, it’s never too late to look back at the best of French cinema in 2015. Here is French Cinema Review’s Top 10 French films of 2015. It’s a list of my personal favourites. Feel free to let me know those French films you most enjoyed in 2015. Asphalte…

Comme un Avion (The Sweet Escape) – Bruno Podalydès

There’s a definite whiff of Wes Anderson about actor/director Bruno Podalydès Comme Un Avion, the first film where he pushes aside his younger sibling Denis to take on the lead role himself to great effect. It a delightful film, full of subtle humour which swings between absurd, surreal comedy and Jacques Tatiesque gentle slapstick.  There’s…

L’Art de la Fugue (The Easy Way Out) – Brice Cauvin

Based on the novel by American author Stephen McCauley, Brice Cauvin’s second full-length feature is a flat, lifeless tale of a dysfunctional family which centres on each member’s inability to conduct a meaningful, loving adult relationship. Originally set in Boston, McCauley’s novel has not travelled well across the Atlantic.  When you take a story that…

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…

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…

Elle l’Adore – Jeanne Herry

Jeanne Herry hits the bull’s eye for her first time out as director with the clever, funny thriller, Elle l’Adore, which pairs the hugely talented Sandrine Kiberlain with classically- trained actor Laurent Lafitte.  A witty script, a storyline that keeps the audience guessing until the credits roll and a cast of well-developed secondary characters, made…