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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: 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....

Cannes: Sun, Sand and Silver Screen

Louis Lumière could hardly have anticipated how wrong his declaration that “The cinema has no future” would turn out to be, especially when it comes to Cannes. In 1895, Louis and his brother Auguste...
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 Cinema: Profile of Actor and Director Dany Boon

From flop-churner to star-director of the highest-grossing French film of all time, Dany Boon is France’s comeback kid Meet Dany Boon: hitmaker, mastermind behind France’s highest-grossing film of all time and only (we’re taking an...

French Film Reviews: Larguées, Starring Miou-Miou and Camille Cottin

When their mother Françoise is dumped by their father for a younger woman, party girl Rose and desperate housewife Alice whisk her off to La Réunion to pull her out of her funk. Ever...

French Film Reviews: Marie-Francine Starring Valérie Lemercier

Hopeless doormat Marie-Francine has reached the end of her tether. She has been summarily laid off from her job as a researcher on spurious grounds. And her craven husband has chosen this rather inopportune...
Festival de Cannes

Cannes Film Festival 2016 in Review

The 69th Cannes Film Festival concluded this past weekend. As usual, the infamous festival did not disappoint. Winners were announced on Sunday, May 22, with the Palme d’Or – the festival’s most prestigious award – going...

The Cinémathèque Française

In movie-mad Paris, the Cinémathèque Française and its founder, Henri Langlois, have been cultural icons since the 1930s. And ever since the legendary institution was installed in a wonderfully wacky Frank Gehry building on...

Jacques Audiard’s Un prophète Goes for the Gold

Update: Audiard's Un prophète reigned at the French Césars on Saturday, February 27. You can count his movies on the fingers of one hand—only five in a 15-year career. But Jacques Audiard has already become one...