French Film Reviews: Frantz, Directed by François Ozon

Acclaimed director François Ozon (Potiche, Swimming Pool, 8 Women) heads into new territory yet again with this largely black and white, loose adaptation of Enrst Lubitsch’s 1932 drama Broken Lullaby. In a small German town after World War...
Nice, France

A Flâneur in Old Nice

Whether I turn left or right in Vieux Nice I get lost. No matter that I’ve walked throughout its labyrinthine lanes, browsing the shops and dining at most of the restaurants in this ‘village’ within a city. Its...
"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...

Top 5 Films Written by Jacques Prévert

Much-loved French poet Jacques Prévert (1900–1977) was also a lyricist whose songs with composer Joseph Kosma were sung by Juliette Gréco and Yves Montand (Autumn Leaves). He was also a prolific screenwriter who turned...
Les Revenants

Top 5 French Television Series

SOMETHING IN THE WATER Les Revenants (2012-present), The Returned When it first hit English-language TV screens in spring 2013, after originally airing in France during 2012, this u?ber-cool, stunningly shot French zombie series was as baffling...
La Tête dans les Olives

5 Unmissable Hidden Gems in Paris

La tête dans les olives – An Evening to Remember I have the good fortune to get to Paris a few times a year and if it’s not August, I’m plotting to get an evening...

New York: Rendez-Vous With French Cinema

French film all across New York City.

The French Film “Marguerite” Ponders What is Good Singing

The character in the French film Marguerite is an opera singer who can’t sing, but decides to perform in a grand public concert hall. That’s only part of the story. Marguerite’s life is opera, full...
Mustang, movie

Mustang, France’s Oscar Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, Speaks Turkish

Mustang is the perfect name for France’s Oscar nomination. It’s about five young girls who break a lot of rules, from marriage contracts to learning how to drive a car. It also breaks these rules:...

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...