The Child (L’enfant)

The Child (L'enfant) Belgium (2005) Dir. Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne The Dardenne Brothers seem to have found their niche in gritty social dramas in which the central protagonist is one at odds against the system in one form or another. This bleak 2005 effort follows a similar path but for a different reason, at time … Continue reading The Child (L’enfant)

Student Services (Mes chères etudes)

Student Services (Mes chères etudes) France (2010) Dir. Emmanuelle Bercot Laura (Déborah François) is student with dreams of becoming an interpreter but like many young people in further education she has her debts, not helped by her lazy boyfriend Manu (Benjamin Siksou) who demand she pays her way without contributing himself. Her parents can’t help … Continue reading Student Services (Mes chères etudes)


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 Monk

  The Monk (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor Metrodome) Running Time: 96 minutes approx. In 17th century Madrid, a monk named Ambrosio (Vincent Cassel), who was abandoned as a baby at a monastery and raised by capuchin Monks, is one of the most revered and respected holy men due to his resolute devotion to his … Continue reading The Monk