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...
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...
A compelling, tightly wound thriller.
Navigating the terrain of this film is much like going on a road trip with a short-sighted map reader; just when the audience thinks it’s on the right track, a new sign appears, the brakes are on and a whole new trajectory is taken at a faster...