BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL: ‘I want my beast back!’ wailed Greta Garbo, famously – and perhaps apocryphally – after seeing the regal creature transform into Jean Marais in Cocteau’s 1946 masterpiece. I know, now, how she felt. ‘My’ beast remains that...
A French clown and his merry misfits make light work of Juenet's latest shenanigans
Apparently the title of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s vibrant new film lacks an exact English equivalent – loose translations vary between 'a mixture" and 'shenanigans". But with a name like that you don’t need to know what Micmacs means literally to...
In the underbelly of the Parisian criminal world, the Police are frustrated by a gang.
For decades crime films were a staple of French cinema, popular with both critics and audiences. Named \'le film policier noir\', meaning \'a genre in film\' where the narrative centres on a criminal case or the world of crime\', they first...
Quentin, Gerard Depardieu, isn't quite the full quid. To be brutal, he's thick as a brick. When he robs a currency exchange, and all he can get from the cashier is yen, he just doesn't know what to do. But, to give him his due, he's a very...
A nostalgic reminiscence.
Friends Garris (Jacques Gamblin) and Riton (Jacques Villeret) live on the edge of a marsh making a living from the flora and fauna of the region, which they sell in the neighboring town. Garris arrived here just after the Great War, a war which...