Film Reviews: Normandie Nue, Starring François Cluzet

Times are hard in Le Mêle-sur-Sarthe. Plummeting meat and dairy prices are taking a dire toll on the livelihoods of the Norman village’s increasingly squeezed farmers. After a failed protest, even dogged mayor Georges...

French TV Series: Call My Agent! The Third Season

They’ve made us giggle, and cringe, bending over backwards to cater to the whims of capricious luvvies. And ASK’s harried impresarios are set to weather more crises than ever before in the hotly-anticipated third...

French TV Series: Irresponsable, Created by Frédéric Rosset

After an almighty cliffhanger, the hit comedy show is back for a second series. And for those of you who missed out on our man-child hero’s disastrous crash-course in fatherhood, now is the perfect...

French Cinema: Profile of Star Stand-up Gad Elmaleh

Meet the superstar stand-up turned actor who packed in a successful career in France to conquer America – and came up trumps Things inevitably get lost in translation. Words are butchered, names garbled – though...

Film Reviews: Gaspard at the Wedding

Billed as a comedy, Gaspard at the Wedding is frankly anything but. Part searing family drama, part surreal fairy tale (with sexual subtext and a bear-girl to boot) the genre-bending opus is hard to...

Film Reviews: Based on a True Story, Directed by Roman Polanski

Few would have dared touch Delphine de Vigan’s bestseller, Based on a True Story, with a ten-foot pole. Hailed as gloriously “un-adaptable” – warning off salivating directors everywhere – translating the introspective ‘autobiographical novel’...

Interview with Mélanie Thierry, Star of La Douleur

Mélanie Thierry shines as trailblazing novelist Marguerite Duras in La Douleur – off-screen, however, Marion Sauvebois meets a profoundly sensitive and quietly determined soul "I'm naturally shy and I don’t communicate very well or easily,”...

Shot on the Riviera: The Victorine and a Hub for French Film

Ever since the heyday of the Victorine Studios, the south of France has been a hub for French film. Lanie Goodman reports on one hundred years of movies from the Riviera... Two years ago, on...

Film Reviews: Knock, Directed by Lorraine Lévy, Starring Omar Sy

A sunny spin on the classic play, Knock re-imagines the tale of the crooked doctor who fans the flames of an entire village’s hypochondria with quite the bells and whistles (and heart-tugging sob story...

Film Review: L’Échange des princesses, Directed by Marc Dugain

1721. Desperate to seal peace with Spain, the Regent of France, hatches a plan: to marry Louis XV, 11, and Maria Anna Victoria, the four-year-old Spanish infant. He even goes one further, offering the...