Movie Review – The Lost Prince (Le prince oublié)

The Lost Prince (Le prince oublié) France/Belgium (2020) Dir. Michel Hazanavicius Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs in the world emotionally, from playing the bad guy when children play up to fretting over their welfare when they are out of sight. One of the hardest things for some is accepting their little … Continue reading Movie Review – The Lost Prince (Le prince oublié)

Redoubtable (Le Redoutable)

Redoubtable (Le Redoutable) France (2017) Dir. Michel Hazanavicius Jean-Luc Godard is revered as one of the founding fathers of the French New Wave of the 1960’s, someone whose maverick approach to filmmaking challenged the form, conventions, and language of cinema with films like Breathless. Hailed as a genius by critics, filmmakers and fans alike, if … Continue reading Redoubtable (Le Redoutable)

Sweet Dreams (Fai bei sogni)

Sweet Dreams (Fai bei sogni) Italy (2016) Dir. Marco Bellocchio I guess I was wrong in thinking that Pedro Almodóvar had the monopoly on films about relationships with mothers (Hitchcock’s Psycho notwithstanding) as this offering from Italy’s Marco Bellocchio illustrates. Unlike Almodóvar’s films, the garish warmth and pro-feminist attack suffused within are replaced by a … Continue reading Sweet Dreams (Fai bei sogni)

The Last Diamond (Le dernier diamant)

The Last Diamond (Le dernier diamant) France (2014) Dir. Eric Barbier One thing you can’t accuse Eric Barbier of is rushing things. In his 26-year career, he has directed just five films; if he moved any faster he’d stop. Or maybe we should look at it as “quality over quantity”? Of Barbier works, I’ve only … Continue reading The Last Diamond (Le dernier diamant)

After Love (L’économie du couple)

After Love (L'économie du couple) France/Belgium (2016) Dir. Joachim Lafosse They say all is fair in love and war but when one turns into the other, fairness is often the last concern of those embroiled in a bitter dispute. Belgian writer-director Joachim Lafosse posits this idea via an indefatigable impasse created by the stubbornness of … Continue reading After Love (L’économie du couple)

The Past

The Past (Cert 12) 1 Disc (Distributor: Artificial Eye) Running time: 130 minutes approx. Four years after deserting his wife Marie (Bérénice Bejo) and her two daughters Lucie (Pauline Burlet) and Léa (Jeanne Jestin) from a previous marriage, Iranian Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) returns to France to finalise the divorce. Arriving back at their former home, … Continue reading The Past

Populaire

Populaire (Cert 12) 1 Disc (Distributor: Entertainment One) Running Time: 111 minutes approx. France, 1958 and 21 year-old Rose Pamphyle (Déborah François) is tired of life working in her father’s tiny village shop and has greater aspirations. She attends an interview for a secretary in Normandy for enigmatic insurance agency owner Louis Échard (Romain Duris). … Continue reading Populaire

The Artist

The Artist (Cert PG) 1 Disc (Distributor: Entertainment In Video) Running Time: 100 Minutes approx I’m sure you all know the plot of this homage to the golden era of silent movies in which megastar George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) ignores the advent of talking pictures and falls into obscurity, just as a young dancer Peppy … Continue reading The Artist