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...

French Cinema: Profile of Actor Romain Duris

From tousle-haired student to darling of French cinema, this actor’s fate seemed written in the stars... The acting profession is a notoriously tough nut to crack. Rarely does one ‘fall’ into it like a happy...

French TV series: La Mante, Starring Carole Bouquet

A triumph of gore wrapped up in a binge-worthy bow, it’s fair to say The Mantis strays from the comfortable confines of TV’s PG-fied crime genre. Carole Bouquet stars as Jeanne Deber, a vigilante-style...

Exclusive Interview with Isabelle Huppert, Ahead of Sade Readings in London

Never one to shirk controversy, Golden-Globe winner and grande dame of French cinema, Isabelle Huppert, is poised to titillate London audiences with a risqué reading of two of the Marquis de Sade’s most scandalous...

Highlights from the Cannes Film Festival 2018

Strong sensations. That’s what we all want from cinema—a surge of tears, a few belly laughs, and a kaleidoscope of haunting images that will stick in your brain forever. Speaking personally, expecting the unexpected...