The 7 Lives of Léa

Alluring but Potentially Deadly

May 11, 2022 | Drama | By Paul Scott

The 7 Lives of Léa, a difficult-to-categorize French TV series recently released on Netflix, deals uncompromisingly with racism, sexism, ageism, domestic violence, body-shaming and sexuality. The heroine, Léa, wakes up on seven consecutive mornings in the body of a different … Read More

En Corps

Step by Step

May 4, 2022 | Drama | By Heidi Ellison

In spite of enthusiastic recommendations from friends and good reviews in the press, I was hesitant to see Cédric Klapisch’s new film, En Corps (Rise). I had loved his early film Chacun Cherche Son Chat (When the Cat’s Away) but … Read More

Nous

Take the B Train

February 23, 2022 | Documentary | By Heidi Ellison

Good intentions do not a good movie make, as demonstrated by French director Alice Diop’s latest film, the documentary Nous (We). Diop is strongly committed to showing onscreen the lives of the “little people,” perhaps better described as ordinary humans, … Read More

Inventing Anna

Anna Delvey: The Prequel

February 16, 2022 | Drama | By Heidi Ellison

  Today, everybody knows about Anna Delvey, the “fake heiress” who was convicted in 2019 of swindling New York City financial players and others for over $200,000 and whose story is currently being told in the sensational Shonda Rimes series … Read More

Amants

Where’s the Heat?

December 1, 2021 | Drama | By Heidi Ellison

Act 1 of Nicole Garcia’s new film, Amants: It opens, fittingly for a movie called Lovers, with a couple in bed, her naked body pasted on top of his. She is Lisa (Stacy Martin), he is Simon (Pierre Niney). A small-time … Read More

Les Olympiades

Another Side of Paris

November 24, 2021 | Drama | By Heidi Ellison

Les Olympiades is a place few visitors to Paris have ever seen or would probably ever want to see. A “city within a city” in the 13th arrondissement, the 1970s development consists of bland highrise apartment buildings, shops and offices, … Read More

Lost Illusions

The Corruptions of Paris

November 3, 2021 | Drama | By Nick Hammond

Adapting the sprawling novels of Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850) for the screen is never a simple process, and from all accounts director Xavier Giannoli has been working on the screenplay for Illusions Perdues (Lost Illusions) for a number of years. … Read More

Le Daim

French Davy Crockett Goes Berserk

July 7, 2021 | Comedy | By Nick Hammond

When a French movie is described as a “comedy” and has a July release date in Paris, it almost invariably means that (1) it’s a generic film about a chaotic summer holiday with families/groups of mature male friends/bands of teens … Read More