Kaurismaki brings dry laughs to story of the refugee crisis
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2010: A droll battle cry for the downtrodden, Aki Kaurismäki’s Le Havre expertly turns France’s contemporary humanitarian crisis into a retro-themed resistance fable, with sufficient optimism and wit to counterbalance its...
Class warfare drama aims for the heart.
FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL: The first scene of Robert Guediguian’s drama has a delicate sense of irony and sets a melancholy mood. At first, I thought the movie was going to be relentlessly hard.
Auteuil shines in bucolic French melodrama about filial love and forgiveness.
FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL: Marking his debut as a director, veteran actor Daniel Auteuil made a bold and risky choice. Bold because The Well-Digger’s Daughter is a remake of Marcel Pagnol’s 1940 classic La fille du puisatier. Risky on two counts:...
Far less hysterical than its themes may suggest, the predominant drama is restrained until the film’s disturbing climax.
Shortly following its opening pan of Marseilles, we witness a protest for the increase of dockers’ redundancy pay. At first, it appears The Town is Quiet will follow in the vein of Ken Loach’s social realism, but director Robert Guediguian ...

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