Rock’n Roll – Guillaume Canet

Guillaume Canet’s Rock’n’ Roll is a fine example of a genre of film not often seen from French directors. In addition, this self-parodying film comes from an actor/director not well-known for his pure comic talent.  Canet is more often seen in taut thrillers like La Prochaine Fois Je Viserai le Coeur or L’Homme qu’on Aimait…

Raid dingue (RAID: Special unit) – Dany Boon

It’s a testament to the popularity of Dany Boon that a run-of the-mill comedy like RAID Dingue can pull in over a million spectators in less than a week. Boon has been a sure-fire hit at the box office since the huge success of Bienvenue Chez les Ch’tis (Welcome to the Sticks) in 2008. And…

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…

Et Ta Soeur (Half Sister, Full Love) – Marion Vernoux

Marion Vernoux’s remake of Your Sister’s Sister is an almost exact replica of mumblecore director Lynn Shelton’s critically acclaimed 2012 independent hit. Vernoux has simply replaced Washington’s San Juan Islands with the wild and wooly Brittany coast.  It has the same scenes, chunks of the same dialogue and the same ending which begs the question does…

Le Dernier Diamant (The Last Diamond) – Eric Barbier

Good French heist movies have been thin on the ground over the last few years, a fault director Eric Barbier has now set right with Le Dernier Diamant, a tense, well-constructed thriller with enough twists and turns to keep audiences guessing until the final credits. The US has pretty much cornered the market in this…