Iris – Jalil Lespert

Jalil Lespert’s Iris is an entertaining thriller loosely based on Hideo Nakata’s novel Chaos. Australian screenwriter Andrew Bovell  who penned A Most Wanted Man and Lantana,  wrote the original adaptation of the Japanese film, with Lespert and his Yves Saint Laurent co-writer, Jérémie Guez, tackling the French version of the script. Iris is smart and sassy with a well-paced plot…

Five – Igor Gotesman

For audiences who like their comedy on the crude side with plenty of off-colour sexual references, endless scenes of dope smoking and even a modicum of scatalogical humour then Igor Gotesman’s directoral debut is just the ticket.  But disappointment awaits those attracted by the presence of Pierre Niney, formerly of the prestigious La Comédie Française,…

Eperdument (Down by Love) – Pierre Godeau

For his second feature, director Pierre Godeau’s has drafted in two of the finest of a younger generation of French actors. Guillaume Gallienne of the prestigious La Comédie Française who drew rave reviews for his directorial debut Les Garcons, et Guillaume, à Table for which he also received the 2014 Best Actor César.  And Adèle Exarchopoulos who…

Premiers Crus – Jérôme Le Maire

Jérôme Le Maire’s Premiers Crus is a US-style, feelgood movie with a French twist.  From the catchy jazz number which accompanies the opening credits to the stunning backdrop of the Burgundy wine-growing region, this film pulls out all the stops in its desire to please.  Wine buffs will love the behind-the-scenes look at the French…

Un Homme Idéal (A Perfect Man) – Yann Gozlan

Following mixed reviews for his directorial debut Captifs (Caged), Yann Gozlan has turned down the gore and turned up the suspense for Un Homme Idéal starring Pierre Niney, recent winner of the best actor César for the title role in Jalill Lespert’s  Yves Saint Laurent.  Un Homme Idéal has a definite whiff of Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr…

Kechiche, Audiard, Noé – who will make the cut at Cannes 2015

With just over two months to go before the 68th Cannes Film Festival kicks off, the rumour mill is now in full swing with films by Abdellatif Kechiche, Gaspar Noé and Jacques Audiard touted as possible entries in this year’s competition. 2015 is forecast to be a bumper year for European and Asian films. And while…

Timbuktu wins big at French Césars ahead of Oscar ceremony

Abderrahmane Sissako was the undisputed winner of the 40th Césars awards ceremony Friday night with his highly praised  Timbuktu taking home seven awards including best film and best director. Earlier this month, Timbuktu was awarded the coveted Prix Lumiere at a ceremony in Paris. On Friday Timbuktu also picked up the award for best original screenplay, best…

Chic! – Jérôme Cornuau

The New Year is off to a promising start with Jérôme Cornuau’s romantic comedy Chic! starring veteran French actress Fanny Ardant in fine form. Cornuau, whose work is more often seen on television, has produced a smart, sassy film which manages to stay fresh and engaging despite the predictable storyline. French cinema is no stranger to…

Respire – Mélanie Laurent

Mélanie Laurent is better known for her appearances in front of the camera. She has starred alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest names including Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds), Jake Gyllenhaal (Enemy), Morgan Freeman (Now you see me, now you don’t) and Ewan McGregor (Beginners). After a lukewarm reception to her directorial debut, Les Adoptés, she is…