French Film Reviews: Staying Vertical, Directed by Alain Guiraudie

Director Alain Guiraudie’s follow-up to his superb thriller Stranger by the Lake caused a buzz at Cannes last year, not least because of the unflinching close-ups of nether regions in eye-popping childbirth and sex scenes. Controversy aside, it’s an unsettling, ideas-and-symbolism-packed...

French Film Reviews: Up for Love, Starring Jean Dujardin

Artist star Jean Dujardin owns one of the smarmiest grins in French cinema, and his character in this mainstream rom-com uses it to full effect. He plays Alexandre, a wealthy and successful man of limited stature (digitally completed in post-production) out...

French Cinema: Profile of Award-Winning Actress Marion Cotillard

Understandably lost amongst the more harrowing news headlines around last year’s National Day in France was the announcement that actress Marion Cotillard’s name, along with some 650 other figures from politics, culture, sport and public life, had been put...

DVD Reviews: The Jacques Rivette Collection

When he died in January at the age of 87, Rouen-born director and critic Jacques Rivette had released a total of 29 films, and had become one of France's favourite New Wave cinema-makers-- inspired...

Coming of Age: A Film Series at The French Embassy in Washington DC

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy present the French film series "Coming of Age.” From the 1950s to today, the films in this series present various views of the tumultuous time that is...

French Film Review: Disorder, Directed by Alice Winocour

As action movies go, this is about as tightly plotted and minimalist as you can get. Alice Winocour, who has always specialised in realistic, gritty human stories hitherto, here brings lashings of guns 'n'...
Musician-turned-actress Soko plays Loie Fuller in La Danseuse

La Danseuse: American Icons of La Belle Époque

A film by Stéphanie Di Giusto charts the lives of Loie Fuller and Isadora Duncan, two American girls who found friendship, fame and fortune in turn-of-the-century Paris. Talk about unlikely. When Midwesterner Loie Fuller – later to become a world-renowned Belle Époque...

French TV Series: The Tunnel, Season 2

Such is the shape-shifting world of TV commissioning that remakes of foreign dramas often take on a life of their own soon after discarding their original inspiration. The Tunnel (Season One) was a transposition of the Danish drama...
Hitchcock/Truffaut

Film Reviews: Hitchcock/Truffaut

Film director François Truffaut had been the ultimate cinéphile growing up, running a film club in his late teens and later joining Cahiers du Cinema as a critic. When he was 30 he embarked on a series of interviews with Alfred...
"The Measure of a Man" film

French Film Reviews: The Measure of a Man

Director Brizé sticks with his preferred leading man (he and Vincent Lindon previously combined in Mademoiselle Chambon and A Few Hours of Spring) for this Loach-esque humanist portrayal of a factory worker struggling to maintain both his dignity and household in the face...