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...
A family feud that simmers slowly.
French playwright and novelist Yasmina Reza’s directing debut is a disappointingly slender dramedy stretched thinly over 80 minutes plus closing credits.Based on her stage play A Spanish Play, Chicas focuses on the dysfunctional extended family...
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...
Stylishly shot with strong performances across the board, the experience is not only affecting but also reflective.
This stylish ensemble drama from one of France’s greatest directors, Alain Resnais (Hiroshima Mon Amour, Last Year In Marienbad, Same Old Song), was awarded the Silver Lion at the 2006 Venice Film Festival. Released in France as Coeurs (literally...