Water Drops On Burning Rocks (Gouttes d’eau sur pierres brûlantes)

Water Drops On Burning Rocks (Gouttes d'eau sur pierres brûlantes) France (2000) Dir. François Ozon This is a collaboration of sorts between two arthouse heavyweights which would have blown a few minds had it occurred when one of them was still alive. French enfant terrible François Ozon adapts a stage play by German auteur Rainer … Continue reading Water Drops On Burning Rocks (Gouttes d’eau sur pierres brûlantes)

Through The Air (La résistance de l’air)

Through The Air (La résistance de l'air) France (2015) Dir. Fred Grivois It’s amazing what some people will do for money; then again, perhaps it isn’t since we all need it and everyone has their price. Some will endure public humiliation if it means that extra bit of cash, while others might be persuaded to … Continue reading Through The Air (La résistance de l’air)

Lou!

Lou!   France (2014) Dir. Julien Neel Are French children old before their time or is it just the way they are portrayed in films? Certainly if the 12 year-old protagonist and her friends featured in this quirky comedy are any indication, there is definitely something in the water that makes French seem more mature … Continue reading Lou!

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)

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)

Love Crime (Crime d’amour)

Love Crime (Crime d'amour) France (2010) Dir. Alain Corneau Ambition, hard work and acute business acumen sees the stock of young executive Isabelle Guérin (Ludivine Sagnier) rise in the eyes of her boss Christine (Kristin Scott Thomas), who blatantly steals one of Isabelle’s ideas as her own to score a big contract. But when Isabelle … Continue reading Love Crime (Crime d’amour)