Summertime (La belle saison)

Summertime (La belle saison) France (2015) Dir. Catherine Corsini It seems any French film dealing with lesbian relationships will incur hasty comparisons, or at least a cursory nod towards Blue Is the Warmest Colour. For actor-writer-director Catherine Corsini, her latest outing possesses only the barest of similarities, proving quite quickly to be substantial enough to … Continue reading Summertime (La belle saison)

Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois)

Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois) France (2013) Dir. Cédric Klapisch With this film writer-director Cédric Klapisch brings his Spanish Apartment Trilogy to a close, reuniting the main characters and former flatmates from the previous films - Pot Luck and Russian Dolls - who are all older but in some cases, not any wiser, this time in New … Continue reading Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois)

En équilibre (In Harmony)

En équilibre (In Harmony) France (2015) Dir. Denis Dercourt We’ve all seen those adverts on TV from insurance companies and injury lawyers trying to garner our custom with the promise of helping us receive sufficient compensation following a work related accident, but are they on the level? Denis Dercort’s latest film - his first released … Continue reading En équilibre (In Harmony)

A Secret (Un secret)

A Secret (Un secret) France (2007) Dir. Claude Miller Quite often when a film set during the war bears the accompanying legend “Based on a True Story” it is not uncommon for some viewers to reach for a bag of salt before settling down to watch it. However, in this case such cynicism is not … Continue reading A Secret (Un secret)

Russian Dolls (Les poupées russes)

Russian Dolls (Les poupées russes) France (2005) Dir. Cédric Klapisch Russian Dolls is the second film in what has become known as the Spanish Apartment Trilogy from French writer-director Cédric Klapisch, appearing three years after the original film Pot Luck. It is not really fair to call this a sequel as such since most of … Continue reading Russian Dolls (Les poupées russes)

Pot Luck (L’auberge espagnole)

Pot Luck (L'auberge espagnole) France (2002) Dir. Cédric Klapisch The European Union has been a central political talking point in this country of ours for many a year now but as ever most European citizens try to put politics aside in the name of harmony, creating cosy little multi-national relationships for themselves. This is the … Continue reading Pot Luck (L’auberge espagnole)

The Kid With A Bike (Le gamin au vélo)

  The Kid With A Bike (Le gamin au vélo) Belgium/France (2011) Dirs. Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne 12 year-old Cyril Catoul (Thomas Doret) has been abandoned by his father Guy (Jérémie Renier) and left to live in a state run youth house. Absolutely determined to find his father and prove everyone wrong, Cyril tries to … Continue reading The Kid With A Bike (Le gamin au vélo)