Punk comedy goes own way.
FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL: The French writing and directing team of Gustave de Kervern and Benoét Delépine are good-hearted absurdists. The Big Night, the follow-up to their offbeat 2010 road movie Mammuth, is not so much a celebration of the...
A wickedly deadpan black comedy.
Currently in cinemas, the French film Seraphine caused a minor sensation when it swept this year’s Cesar awards, including winning the top actress trophy for Yolande Moreau’s remarkable portrayal of a rural housemaid driven to paint. Now local...
It shows how fleeting happiness can be, how quickly your life can be transformed...
Irreversible is, like Memento, a movie told backwards. It starts with the end credits, then, with weirdly off-centre camera angles, captures an enigmatic conversation between two men, one of them the central character of director Gaspar Noe\'s...
Filled with good humour and genuine emotion.
Making a multi-story film about love and calling it Paris, risks being as clichéd as putting a beret on a baguette. But Cedric Klapisch has taken that gamble, and the big surprise is how fresh his film feels.With almost as many characters as...
Cancer fantasy falls short in final moments.
FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL: A terrific conceit falls short of its potential in The Clink of Ice (Le Bruit des Glacons). The idea of literally confronting one’s own mortality has been visited often in films, but Bertrand Blier’s dark, bittersweet...