French Film Reviews: Happy End, Directed by Michael Haneke

Haneke’s stark vivisection of a sociopathic clan on the brink of implosion has split opinion, and tested the endurance of his most loyal fans with impossibly drawn-out (even for him) scenes and surveillance-style long-shots...

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...

French Film Reviews: Grand Froid, Directed by Gérard Pautonnier

In a small godforsaken backwater, Edmond Zweck’s funeral parlour is, ironically, clawing at death’s door; thanks in part to a devil-may-care generation too busy living to plan, and crucially pre-pay, for their send-off from...

COLCOA French Film Festival 2018: The Year of the Woman

The COLCOA French Film Festival 2018 highlights its 22nd year with a line-up reflecting the impact of the #MeToo Movement, and a focus on women and their contribution to film.  “Through its different competitions, we are...

French Cinema: Profile of Actress Audrey Fleurot

From edited-out extra to GQ Woman of the Year, France’s fieriest star has had quite the stellar rise – no thanks to her distinctive looks You don’t want to mess with the actress who took...

French Film Reviews: L’Amant Double, Directed by François Ozon

Ozon is back to his old tricks (and erotic stylings) in this frisky psychological thriller. And the wild card’s twisted romp has left many scratching their heads – and shuffling awkwardly in their seats. Damsel-in-distress...

French Film Reviews: Le Trou, Directed by Jacques Becker

Jacques Becker’s directorial swansong is often hailed as his finest work. Indulging one grey Sunday evening in the remastered DVD release, we’re reminded exactly why this brooding prison thriller became such a classic. Without any...

French Film Reviews: Patients, Co-Directed by Grand Corps Malade

“For f**** sake,” whines Ben as he’s subjected to yet another hour of mind-numbing shopping-channel thigh master demos. With his one nimble finger he prods the remote, only succeeding in knocking it off his...

The Heritage of Marseille: 5 Things We Love about the Southern City

Once a diamond in the rough, Marseille is fast becoming the go-to destination on the Mediterranean coast. With history aplenty, breathtaking coves and edgy architecture, it's little wonder... THE GOOD MOTHER Perched 154m above the city...

French Cinema: Profile of Award-Winning Actor Jean Dujardin

Here’s looking at the first (and only) French Oscar winner to say ‘Non, Merci!’ to the American dream Five years ago, Jean Dujardin threw Hollywood into a tizzy. A) By becoming the first (and only)...