Le Grand Bain

A Plunge into Implausibility

January 9, 2019 | Comedy | By Nick Hammond

Isn’t it just typical? You wait so long for a film about a middle-aged male synchronized swimming team, then two come along at once. In Britain, Swimming with Men, starring comedian Rob Bryden, has received middling reviews (“likably daft,” said … Read More


A Life Torn in Two

October 10, 2018 | Drama | By Stephen O'Shea

Following his award-laden outing with Fatima, director Philippe Faucon returns with yet another finely observed immigrant drama. The title character of Faucon’s Amin, played with winningly stoic charisma by Moustapha Mbengue, is an alpha Senegalese who splits his time between … Read More


Wild Child

September 26, 2018 | Drama | By Nick Hammond

We may all have had our fill of movies about a tart with a heart, but Sauvage is something different. The central character, Léo (Félix Maritaud), is a 22-year-old gay male prostitute who, despite being obliged to perform degrading acts … Read More


History Repeated?

May 2, 2018 | Drama | By Heidi Ellison

The French-German production Transit, directed by Christian Petzold, is an odd bird of a film. It takes place in present-day France (oddly, no one has a cellphone, however), where unidentified “Fascist” occupiers are moving through the country arresting foreigners. The … Read More

Le Redoutable

Taking the 'God' Out of Godard

October 18, 2017 | Drama | By Heidi Ellison

The title of the film Le Redoutable comes from a radio play Jean-Luc Godard (played by Louis Garrel) listens to every morning in his kitchen. He repeats its catchphrase in a voice dripping with radiophonic drama from time to time … Read More

Visages Villages

Seeing the Power of the Imagination

July 26, 2017 | Documentary | By Nick Hammond

What a surprising pleasure to see the new documentary Visages, Villages, by 89-year-old Agnès Varda, made with 34-year-old artist JR and first shown out of competition at this year’s Cannes Film festival. Throughout the course of the film, both Varda … Read More