Hold Your Breath (Dans la brume)

Hold Your Breath (Dans la brume) France/Canada (2018) Dir. Daniel Roby Parents are forever in the bad books with their children for making decisions directly affecting them which they believe are in the child’s best interest but are rarely are seen that way. Of course, it is seldom appreciated or understood until the child gets … Continue reading Hold Your Breath (Dans la brume)

Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois)

Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois) France (2013) Dir. Cédric Klapisch With this film writer-director Cédric Klapisch brings his Spanish Apartment Trilogy to a close, reuniting the main characters and former flatmates from the previous films - Pot Luck and Russian Dolls - who are all older but in some cases, not any wiser, this time in New … Continue reading Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois)

The New Girlfriend (Une nouvelle amie)

The New Girlfriend (Une nouvelle amie) France (2014) Dir. François Ozon No-one can accuse François Ozon of being a director who plays it safe. With the central issue of his latest film being a rather prominent one in the news of late, to handle it with anything other than sensitivity would be a dangerous move. … Continue reading The New Girlfriend (Une nouvelle amie)

Mood Indigo (L’écume des jours)

Mood Indigo (L'écume des jours) France (2013) Dir. Michel Gondry Sometimes one sees a film, painting or another piece of art with a surreal bent to it and the first thought is “What was going through their mind when they came up with that?” Sometimes it is best not to ask - watching the films … Continue reading Mood Indigo (L’écume des jours)

Russian Dolls (Les poupées russes)

Russian Dolls (Les poupées russes) France (2005) Dir. Cédric Klapisch Russian Dolls is the second film in what has become known as the Spanish Apartment Trilogy from French writer-director Cédric Klapisch, appearing three years after the original film Pot Luck. It is not really fair to call this a sequel as such since most of … Continue reading Russian Dolls (Les poupées russes)

Pot Luck (L’auberge espagnole)

Pot Luck (L'auberge espagnole) France (2002) Dir. Cédric Klapisch The European Union has been a central political talking point in this country of ours for many a year now but as ever most European citizens try to put politics aside in the name of harmony, creating cosy little multi-national relationships for themselves. This is the … Continue reading Pot Luck (L’auberge espagnole)

Populaire

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