Marseille – Kad Merad

Dubbed the southern France version of the hit film Bienvenu Chez les Ch’tis (Welcome to the Sticks), Kad Merad’s third directorial feature is a tangled mess of half-baked ideas and errant storylines.  Doubtless conceived out of a love for the sprawling, ethnically mixed, vibrant city of Marseille, his film lacks focus and heart despite its…

Lolo – Julie Delpy

Writer/director Julie Delpy is better known to international audiences as Celine opposite Ethan Hawke in Richard Linkater’s successful trio of films, Before Sunset, Before Sunrise and Before Midnight.  Lolo is her sixth feature behind the camera after the award winning 2 Days in New York with American stand-up comedian Chris Rock. Here she has drafted…

Une Heure de Tranquillité (Do Not Disturb) – Patrice Leconte

As 2014 came to a close, one final shot at raising a smille opened in cinemas with Christian Clavier – the King Midas of French comedy  – in the lead role.  Patrice Leconte’s Une Heure de Tranquillité reunites the director with Clavier who appeared in his string of hugely successful French comic films Les Bronzés.…

Serial (Bad) Weddings – French cinema’s top film for 2014

French director Philippe de Chauviron’s Qu’est ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu Serial (Bad) Weddings is the most successful French language film of 2104 chalking up over 12 million admissions in France so far –  more than double its nearest rival Supercondriaque. But it’s not only French audiences who are flocking to see this tale of a…

Supercondriaque – Dany Boon

Dany Boon, has missed a golden opportunity to delve into the psyche of a nation known as the pill popping champions of Europe with his latest outing as director, Supercondriaque.  There is much comedy is to be found in poking fun at the French habit of running to consult a doctor at every sore throat…