Le Prix du Succès (The Price of Success) – Teddy Lussi-Modeste 

Who would have thought the world of stand-up comedy in France is such a cut-throat business? But Lussi-Modeste’s second full-length feature portrays a milieu where making people laugh is the last thing on anyone’s mind. Tahar Rahim is a successful stand-up comedian whose career is on the rise.  His brother and manager Mourad (Roschdy Zem…

Les Anarchistes – Elie Wajeman

For the follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut feature Aliyah, Elie Wajeman goes back to Paris at the turn of the 19th century and straight to the heart of a gang of political activists and the young police officer sent to infiltrate the group. Les Anarchistes lines up all the elements of a top notch…

TV5Monde offers French films from French Cinema Now mini-festival

TV5Monde Cinema on Demand is offering a feast of top French films for Francophiles and French cinema fans who missed out on Seattle International Film Festival’s French Cinema Now mini-festival. This year’s showcase has all-new Francophone cinema and a range of seasoned directors such as Cédric Kahn, Philippe Fernandez and Bruno Podalydès with some of France’s…

10 lesser-known Must-See French films

The glitz and glamour of the Cannes Film Festival is but a distant memory and now audiences will have to wait to see if the films given the thumbs up from critics around the world will make their way to local cinemas. In the meantime, here is a list of lesser-known French films which are…

Le Père Noël – Alexandre Coffre

Director Alexandre Coffre is playing it safe with Le Père Noël, a Christmas film with definite shades of the US hit Bad Santa which had Billy Bob Thornton as the criminal who dresses up as Santa Claus to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. After last year’s disappointing Eyjafjallajokull, Coffre aims straight for the heart…

Samba – Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache

It’s a tough act to follow. Intouchables took 332 million euros worldwide and made a star of Omar Sy.  Directors Eric Toledana and Olivier Nakache have kept to a winning formula by again casting Sy in the lead role, but Samba lacks the magic ingredient that made Intouchables such a big hit. Its stellar cast including Charlotte Gainsbourg and Tahar…

Hippocrate – Thomas Lilti

Thomas Lilti’s Hippocrate is a warts-and-all look at the life of a junior doctor starting his career as an intern in a Parisian hospital and it’s a damning portrait of what is often reputed to be the best health system in the world. Like crisis-ridden countries everywhere, French doctors are having to deal with budget…

Maintenant ou Jamais – Serge Frydman

Serge Frydman’s Maintenant ou Jamais (Now or Never) is a love story disguised as a thriller with a touch of social commentary thrown in for good measure. While there’s plenty of heat between the two main characters – Juliette (Leila Bekhti) and Manuel (Nicolas Duvauchelle) – neither the love affair nor the bank heist, which…

Gibraltar – Julien Leclercq

Based on a true story, Gibraltar directed by Julien Leclercq (The Assault) and with a screen play by Abdel Raouf Dafri (A Prophet,Mesrine Public Enemy #1) is a taut, emotionally charged thriller which cracks along at a fine pace mixing political intrigue, personal loyalty and ultimate betrayal.  Gibraltar follows Marc Duval, (Gilles Lellouche), an ex-patriate Frenchman who is the…