Dalida – Lisa Azuelos

Lisa Azuelos’s film of one of France’s most popular singers skims over the surface of the life of the Egyptian/Italian artist to hone in on her disastrous relationships with men interspersed with a race through some of her most memorable hits. For a singer who sold over 80 million records worldwide, this is no mean feat.  But it’s doubtful if…

Médecin de Campagne (Irreplaceable) – Thomas Lilti

Doctor-turned-director Thomas Lilti seems to be leading a one-man cinematic campaign highlighting the threats facing the French health system.  After Hippocrate, a no-nonsense look at life for a young intern at a Paris hospital,  Lilti now turns his attention to the dwindling number of doctors drawn to the often difficult life of a rural practice.…

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…

Ange & Gabrielle  – Anne Giafferi

Anne Giafferi’s peppy, US-style romantic comedy, based on the play by Muriel Magellan L’Eveil du Chameau, is a perfect tonic for the winter blues.  Patrick Bruel (Ange) and Isabelle Carré (Gabrielle) make an attractive, if slightly older than usual, couple who fall in love after just the right measure of misunderstandings and misconceptions.  And the film…

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…

L’Etudiante et Monsieur Henri – Ivan Calbérac

Ivan Calbérac brings a touching, well-constructed adaptation of his hit play L’Etudiante et Monsieur Henri to the big screen with 79-year-old Claude Brasseur in fine form as a grouchy old man forced into sharing his apartment with Constance, a penniless student. On the face of it, the story has nothing original, but the plot throws a…

Cannes film festival 2015 v Oscars

Just three days to go before the stars hit the red carpet at the Cannes film festival, one of the most highly anticipated cinema events of the year. Jaqcues Audiard, actor/director Maïwenn, newcomer Stéphane Brizé and Valérie Donzelli are among the French directors competing for the prestigious Palme d’Or while Britain’s Sienna Miller, Oscar nominated actor Jake Gyllenhall…

Sophie Marceau, Jake Gyllenhall join Cannes film festival 2015 jury

Britain’s Sienna Miller, Oscar nominated actor Jake Gyllenhall and France’s Sophie Marceau, as well as cult director Guillermo del Toro are among those judging the films at this year’s Cannes film festival set to open in May. Other members of the jury, which is being presided over by the Coen brothers, are Canadian director Xavier…

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…

Une Rencontre (Quantum Love) – Lisa Azuelos

The last two films directed by Lisa Azuelos met with a mixed reception. LOL (Laughing Out Loud), the French version, was a huge hit in France while it’s American remake, starring teen-star turned infamous twerker, Miley Cyrus, was a monumental flop. This time Azuelos keeps the focus on love but shifts from adolescent angst to…