French Film Reviews: I Talk to Myself, Starring Blanche Gardin

Since Blanche Gardin's award-winning one-woman show dropped on Netflix, we've had to exercise superhuman restraint not to quote her pearls of wisdom right, left and centre – or re-enact entire skits (more of a...

French Film Reviews: La Ch’tite Famille, Starring Dany Boon

Ten years after Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis turned Dany Boon into the golden boy of comedy – and the highest-grossing French director of all time – the hitmaker is back with La Ch'tite Famille....

Film Reviews: Les Invisibles, Directed by Louis-Julien Petit

Social commentary, feminist anthem, broad comedy with a side of rom com – Louis-Julien Petit’s Les Invisibles is a marvellous genre-bending confection. That these dimensions don’t fuse seamlessly, but often collide, only serves to underline...

Romain Duris: “This Job Terrifies Me When Things Get Too Comfortable”

Behind Romain Duris’s effortlessly cool façade lies a boiling inner life and inherent restlessness. Lise Pedersen discovers the darling of French cinema thrives on challenges – great and small... "I like change-- this job terrifies...

French Cinema: Profile of Actress Virginie Efira

A talent show host turned darling of arthouse, Virginie Efira is French (and Belgian) cinema's unlikely success story No one would have bet on Virginie E ra becoming the face of arthouse – not even...

The Rooster that Woke the World: The Pathé Brothers in Close-up

From humble beginnings, four brothers created a world-famous film company that captured the excitement and flair of the new medium. Hazel Smith discovers the story of Pathé Over a century ago, four brothers born to...

Adèle Haenel on her role in Céline Sciamma’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”

This is correspondent Lanie Goodman's latest dispatch from the Cannes Film Festival 2019. Adèle Haenel chats about her role in Céline Sciamma’s incandescent love 18th-century story, Portrait of a Lady on Fire. For other...

“Les Misérables” by French director Ladj Ly strikes a chord at Cannes

If you believe that fiction has the power to convey more about the complexity of explosive social issues than TV news, then you’re in perfect sync with the film industry folks in Cannes. So...

Jean Dujardin as a jacket-obsessed loopy serial killer in “Deerskin”

It’s a bright crystalline afternoon on the Quinzaine Beach on Cannes’ Croisette but Jean Dujardin, dressed in a beige suede jacket and deerskin boots, has dragged a chair out into the sand to feel...

French Film Reviews: Dans La Brume, Starring Romain Duris and Olga Kurylenko

Throwing away the usual tropes and jiggery-pokery – CGI, Inception 'bwong', stilettoed starlets teetering away from tornadoes yet always magically two steps ahead – Dans la brume strips the post-apocalyptic epic back to basics....