Let The Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur)

Let The Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) France (2017) Dir. Claire Denis In the romance game, finding “The One” is a thankless task for many people. Generally, this is undertaken while people are still young, unlike the subject of this mordant essay about dating in your later years. 50-something Isabelle (Juliette Binoche) is a … Continue reading Let The Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur)

Valley Of Love

Valley Of Love France (2015) Dir. Guillaume Nicloux Take two of France’s greatest actors, a story with a unique and intriguing premise and a multi-hyphenate writer-director to helm the project, and the rest should theoretically take care of itself, correct? Sadly in this case of this Palme d’Or nominated film that isn’t quite the end … Continue reading Valley Of Love

Shut Up! (Tais-toi!)

Shut Up! (Tais-toi!) France (2003) Dir. Francis Veber For what is essentially a buddy movie, and a zany one at that, Shut Up! is a unlikely choice of title, deliberately not telling us anything about the story; even its alternative English title of Ruby & Quentin, which at least lets us know it is about … Continue reading Shut Up! (Tais-toi!)

My Afternoons With Margueritte (La tête en friche)

  My Afternoons With Margueritte (La tête en friche) France (2010) Dir. Jean Becker In a small French town, an illiterate labourer Germain Chazes (Gérard Depardieu) strikes up an unusual friendship with the well read 95 year-old Margueritte (Gisèle Casadesu), whom he meets in the park everyday and she reads to him her favourite passages … Continue reading My Afternoons With Margueritte (La tête en friche)

Nathalie…

  Nathalie... France (2003) Dir. Anne Fontaine Catherine (Fanny Ardant) is a married woman who suspects her businessman husband Bernard (Gérard Depardieu) is cheating on her, so he hires high class prostitute Marlène (Emmanuelle Béart) – working under the pseudonym “Nathalie” - to seduce Bernard in order to get the truth. Marlène is paid by … Continue reading Nathalie…

Les Valseuses (Going Places)

  Les Valseuses (Going Places) France (1974) Dir. Bertrand Blier Jean-Claude (Gérard Depardieu) and Pierrot (Patrick Dewaere) are a couple of scumbags who drift from town to town causing mayhem then running away from the mess they’ve caused. In one town they get more than they bargained for when they steal the car of a … Continue reading Les Valseuses (Going Places)