The Guardians (Les gardiennes)

The Guardians (Les gardiennes) France (2017) Dir. Xavier Beauvois Stories from World War I continue to appear, adding new perspectives to improve our understanding of what life was like during this period, even when fictionalised. One area seldom explored is the women left to run the home whilst the men were fighting in the trenches, … Continue reading The Guardians (Les gardiennes)

It’s Only The End Of The World

It’s Only The End Of The World (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Curzon Artificial Eye) Running Time: 99 minutes approx. What is it about families that they are usually the last people we tell big news to? Why do we fear their reactions the most? Is it out fault or theirs? Prodigious French-Canadian writer-director Xavier … Continue reading It’s Only The End Of The World

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!

Laurence Anyways

  Laurence Anyways Canada (2012) Dir. Xavier Dolan Laurence Alia (Melvil Poupaud) is a thirty-five year old literature teacher and budding author in along term relationship with Frédérique “Fred” Belair (Suzanne Clément), a fiery and gregarious woman. On his birthday Laurence reveals to Fred and his friends that he has been living a lie and … Continue reading Laurence Anyways