My Golden Days (Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse)

My Golden Days (Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse) France (2015) Dir. Arnaud Desplechin Memories are a huge part of our lives, good and bad, but is it really worth dragging them back up having moved on and left the past in the past? My Golden Days finds director Arnaud Desplechin in a Proust-inspired reflective mood … Continue reading My Golden Days (Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse)

Ishmael’s Ghosts

Ishmael’s Ghosts (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray/DVD / 2 Discs Ltd Ed. Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: Theatrical Cut - 113 minutes approx / Director’s Cut - 134 minutes approx. NB: This review is based on the Director’s Cut No giant white whales for this particular Ishmael to tackle but maybe the events of … Continue reading Ishmael’s Ghosts

Daguerrotype (aka Le secret de la chambre noire)

Daguerrotype (aka Le secret de la chambre noire) France/Japan (2016) Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa Leave it to Kiyoshi Kurosawa to be different. While other Asian or non-English speaking directors seek the glamour and big budgets of Hollywood to ply the trade beyond their home markets, Japan’s top psychological horror auteur chose France for his overseas cinematic … Continue reading Daguerrotype (aka Le secret de la chambre noire)

Venus in Fur (La Vénus à la fourrure)

Venus In Fur (La Vénus à la fourrure) France (2013) Dir. Roman Polanski It’s fair to say that over the past few years Roman Polanski cinematic endeavours have been overshadowed by his personal life, namely an indiscretion from almost 40 years ago which has haunted him ever since. Regardless, Polanski continues to work with this … Continue reading Venus in Fur (La Vénus à la fourrure)

Regarde la mer And Other Films

Regarde la mer And Other Films France (1994-2006) Dir. François Ozon One of France’s most prolific and boldest filmmakers of the past twenty years, François Ozon has amassed quite the catalogue of varied films covering a myriad of themes, which has seen him rise from obscure Enfant terrible to acclaimed mainstream heavy hitter who can … Continue reading Regarde la mer And Other Films

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)

You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet (Vous n’avez encore rien vu)

You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet (Vous n'avez encore rien vu) France (2012) Dir. Alain Resnais A select group of well known French actors – Mathieu Amalric, Pierre Arditi, Sabine Azéma, Anne Consigny, Michel Piccoli, Jean-Noël Brouté, Anny Duperey, Hippolyte Girardot, Gérard Lartigau, Michel Robin, Lambert Wilson, Michel Vuillermoz and Jean-Chrétien Sibertin-Blanc (all playing themselves) – … Continue reading You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet (Vous n’avez encore rien vu)

Wild Grass (Les herbes folles)

Wild Grass (Les herbes folles)France (2009) Dir. Alain ResnaisMarguerite Muir (Sabine Azéma) a single, strong willed middle aged woman who has her handbag snatched while out shopping. Her wallet is discarded in an underground car park which it is found by Georges Palet (André Dussollier), promptly handing it in to the police but imagines a … Continue reading Wild Grass (Les herbes folles)