French Cinema: Profile of Actress Leïla Bekhti

She may not have had much faith in her odds but this hasn’t stopped the actress from grafting her way to the top. Gill Harris reports As a young woman working odd jobs in Paris,...

Interview with Jean Dujardin: Je voudrais me faire plaisir

Nearly 10 years on from his flirtation with Hollywood stardom, Jean Dujardin is back in the bosom of French cinema. He talks to Lanie Goodman about his latest film, Alfred Dreyfus, and what it’s...

French Film Reviews: 4 Favourite Comedies for Laugh-out-Loud Fun

As the days get shorter, there's nothing better than cosying up with a good film and a hot drink. Here are some of our favourite French comedies to get you through the colder months 2...

In Conversation With… François Ozon

The acclaimed director opens up about his harrowing new film, By the Grace of God By the Grace of God is your first film about a news story, and with so many characters... My initial idea...
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French Film Review: By the Grace of God, Directed by François Ozon

Based on the child-abuse scandal still rocking France, By the Grace of God is a harrowing and downright nauseating account of three men's quest for justice after suffering at the hands of scout leader,...

Interview with Filmmaker Valeria Bruni Tedeschi

With more than 80 films to her name – including six she co-wrote and directed – it’s no wonder Valeria Bruni Tedeschi is a household name both in France and her native Italy. She...

French Film Reviews: Un Amour Impossible

Based on Christine Angot's 'autobiographical novel', Un Amour Impossible probes her parents' volatile relationship and the conspiracy of silence that allowed her absent father to commit the ultimate transgression: incest. Rachel is on the cusp...

Film Reviews: Le Grand Bain, Directed by Gilles Lellouche

“Going to play Candy Crush all day again?” carps Bertrand's teenage son in Le Grand Bain's opening sequence, watching disdainfully as his unemployed father polishes off a bowl of antidepressant-laced cereal. This breakfast of...

French Film Reviews: Mon Garçon, Starring Guillaume Canet

Mad with anguish and guilt following his son Mathys's abduction, Julien embarks on a vigilante-style mission to track down his child and bring his kidnappers to justice. Spiralling, frustrated by police red tape and...

Homage to Late Icon and Nouvelle Vague Pioneer, Agnès Varda

Dimitri Keramitas charts the extraordinary career of the late "Grandmother of the New Wave", Agnès Varda When Agnès Varda passed away aged 90 in March, France and the world lost a towering figure of cinema. Nicknamed...