Tom Ridgway

Tom Ridgway is a freelance editor and writer based in Paris since 1995. Francis Ford Coppola once told him he looked like Oscar Wilde; he is still not sure if it was meant as a compliment.


February 7, 2010 | By Tom Ridgway | Archive

Split Personality Julia (Tilda Swinton): aging goodtime girl, serious alcoholic and marvellously self-destructive. March 12, 2008 Typical. You wait 10 years for a new Erick Zonca movie and then five come along at once. Unfortunately, the director of The Dreamlife … Read More

Les Témoins

February 7, 2010 | By Tom Ridgway | Archive

False Witness Johan Libereau, Michel Blanc and Emmanuelle Béart party down. In André Téchiné’s Les Témoins (The Witnesses), it’s 1984 and Manu (Johan Libereau) has just arrived in Paris. He soon meets a doctor, Adrien (Michel Blanc), in a cruising … Read More

Mauvaise Foi

February 7, 2010 | By Tom Ridgway | Archive

Keeping the Faith Ismaël (Roschdy Zem) and Clara (Cécile de France) confront the issues in Mauvaise Foi. Ismaël (Roschdy Zem) and Clara (Cécile de France) have been together for four years. They’re a happy couple, but when Clara discovers that … Read More

La Californie

February 7, 2010 | By Tom Ridgway | Archive

Deadly Serious The splendid Nathalie Baya is great at playing a drunk. Last week I went to see two vastly different, yet similar, films. Both were well-written, well-directed, well-acted – and both were deadly dull. The first was Clint Eastwood’s … Read More


February 7, 2010 | By Tom Ridgway | Archive

Vote Non! Président isn’t a bad film – it’s a monumentally terrible film. You’re watching a film about a fictional president of France with the surprising title of, well, Président, and you’re thinking, Now, any country can make a mistake … Read More


February 7, 2010 | By Tom Ridgway | Archive

The Devil You (Don’t) Know Would you want to spend the night here? Photo: Alex Lamarque Sheitan is “un film de genre,” a disparaging term in France for any movie that isn’t exactly high art, which this most definitely isn’t. … Read More

Le Temps qui Reste

February 7, 2010 | By Tom Ridgway | Archive

This Is the End The last few months in a young man’s life. François Ozon’s Le Temps qui Reste (Time to Leave) can be seen as a companion piece to the director’s 2000 film Sous le Sable. Both are meditations … Read More


Funny Peculiar

December 11, 2007 | By Tom Ridgway | Film

Benoît Poelvoorde. You probably don’t recognize the name, but you might remember him as the charismatic serial killer in his 1992 debut, Man Bites Dog. Since then he has gone on to become one of France’s most beloved actors (even … Read More