The Truth (La vérité)

The Truth (La vérité) France/Japan (2019) Dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda What exactly is “the truth”? Despite its definition of being something incontrovertible and factual, it does seem to quite a subjective thing for many people. This might depend on memory but ultimately it is what people want to believe, resulting in waters becoming very muddied if … Continue reading The Truth (La vérité)

The Young Girls Of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort)

The Young Girls Of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort) France (1967) Dir. Jacques Demy When people fall in love they feel the need to shout it from the rooftops for everyone to hear, and maybe even break out into a spontaneous dance routine to express the joy they are current experiencing. Only in the movies … Continue reading The Young Girls Of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort)

3 Hearts (3 coeurs)

3 Hearts (3 coeurs) France (2014) Dir. Benoît Jacquot “Sisters, sisters / There were never such devoted sisters” So wrote legendary songwriter Irving Berlin in 1954 and while this sentiment has stood the test of time, it also provides us with the central conceit of this French romantic melodrama. Ironically, whilst it doesn’t star real … Continue reading 3 Hearts (3 coeurs)

The Midwife

The Midwife (Cert 12) 1 Disc (Distributor: Curzon Artificial Eye) Running Time: 112 minutes approx. Life. It’s a funny old game. Whilst it is up to us how we live it, we need help coming into it and help when we are ready to leave it - the problem is that during the latter, we … Continue reading The Midwife

The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament)

The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament) France (2015) Dir. Jaco Van Dormael Religion is a touchy subject to create art from, even more so if you choose to lampoon it - just ask the Monty Python team! Clearly not fazed by the prospect of being smote by a bolt of lightning, Belgian writer-director … Continue reading The Brand New Testament (Le tout nouveau testament)

In The Courtyard (Dans la cour)

In The Courtyard (Dans la cour) France (2014) Dir. Pierre Salvadori Known for his glossy and amiable comedies such as Après Vous, Priceless and Beautiful Lies, French Corsican director Pierre Salvadori returns with a film which is rich with the inherent Gallic charm of his previous works but with an air of melancholy rarely seen … Continue reading In The Courtyard (Dans la cour)

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les parapluies de Cherbourg)

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les parapluies de Cherbourg) France (1964) Dir. Jacques Demy 1957 and in the small Normandy coastal town of Cherbourg, 16 year-old Geneviève Emery (Catherine Deneuve), who lives and works with her mother (Anne Vernon) in their small and struggling umbrella shop, is in love with young mechanic Guy (Nino Castelnuovo). Madame … Continue reading The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les parapluies de Cherbourg)

Beloved (Les bien-aimés)

Beloved (Les bien-aimés) France (2011) Dir. Christophe Honoré In a story that spans three decades, we meet Madeline (Ludivine Sagnier) in the early 1960’s, a shoe shop assistant who one day is mistaken for a prostitute but takes the deal anyway. Through this line of work Madeline meets Czech doctor Jaromil (Rasha Bukvic), with whom … Continue reading Beloved (Les bien-aimés)