Tag: French

Traitors

Traitors

| February 22, 2015

Malika (Chaime Ben Acha) is the leader of her own punk band trying desperately to become a professional artist.  When she’s approached by a producer it seems like a big step, but she doesn’t have the money required to rent out a studio to record a demo.  Malika tries everything she can think of in […]

Apaches

Apaches

| December 2, 2014

There have been a rash of similar teen dramas in recent years.  These films are all about kids doing drugs, drinking, and having sex while ignoring authority and being generally awesome.  No, not awesome, the other one… lame.  Apaches has other problems other than being a generic teen drama.  The biggest issue I had watching […]

Ernest and Celestine

Ernest and Celestine

| June 17, 2014

The Oscar nominated French animated film, Ernest and Celestine, gets major points for sweetness. This delicate, uniquely drawn work is endearing, yet its effect quickly dissipates. Functioning as a rather tired paean for tolerance, the story feels thinly sketched and unsubstantial, with critical components of the film’s world possessing an arbitrary quality. Additionally, the English […]

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Mobius

Mobius

| April 13, 2014

I would have a difficult time summarizing this film, as the plot is not easy to follow.  From what I understand, a division of the French police headed by Gregory (Jean Dujardin; The Artist) is out to bring down a corrupt American businessman (Tim Roth; Lie to Me) with the help of a French financial […]

Bastards

Bastards

| April 8, 2014

Claire Denis’ follow up to 2009’s White Material is a gritty film-noir about a Parisian sex ring entitled Bastards. The French title Les Saluds is certainly more poetic, but the film is anything but. As in her previous productions, Denis remains an unsympathetic provocateur. Bastards opens with Navy officer Metro leaving his ship to fix a family problem in Paris. Though […]

Mademoiselle C

Mademoiselle C

| March 11, 2014

I knew literally nothing about this film going into it.  I didn’t know it was a documentary.  I didn’t know it was about Carine Roitfeld.  I didn’t know who Corine Roitfeld was.  Turns out she is a very famous French fashion editor.  After being the editor in chief of Vogue Paris for ten years, she […]

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You Will Be My Son

You Will Be My Son

| February 24, 2014

Paul (Niels Arestrup) and his longtime business partner Francois (Patrick Chesnais) have been running a successful French vineyard for years.  They take a lot of pride in their work and the future is looking bright until Francois is diagnosed with cancer and given 6 months to live.  Now, Paul is forced to take on a […]

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The Prey (La proie)

The Prey (La proie)

| January 22, 2014

Let me put this out there right off the bat: the 2011 French action-thriller The Prey (La proie) from Eric Valette (One Missed Call (2008)) bears a striking resemblance to The Fugitive (1993). You can tell as much from the trailer. But this is by no means a bad thing. In fact, if nothing else, […]

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For Ever Mozart

For Ever Mozart

| January 11, 2014

This week, the Cohen Film Collection debuted two films by venerated French director Jean-Luc Godard on Blu-ray, Hail Mary (1985) and For Ever Mozart (1996). Although a review of Hail Mary is indeed forthcoming, but this review will focus on the dense and beautiful For Ever Mozart. In For Ever Mozart (1996), Godard turns his […]

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Thérèse

Thérèse

| August 23, 2013

François Mauriac’s legendary 1927 novel of French provincial life has been gloriously brought to the screen by the inestimable Claude Miller in his final film Thérèse. Sumptuously photographed to capture the full beauty of the pine-forested Landes area in southwest France, Thérèse  is a beautifully conceived drama of exquisite taste. Marvelously played by the luminous […]