La Nuit du 12

A Caring Copper

July 20, 2022 | Drama | By Nick Hammond

As crazy as it might seem to be going to the movies in the middle of a heatwave in Paris, over two hours spent in an air-conditioned cinema afforded a much-needed respite from temperatures that have been edging above 40 … Read More

Peter von Kant

Rages and Tears

July 6, 2022 | Drama | By Heidi Ellison

What’s the point of remaking an old film? Not much that I can see in such cases as Gus Van Sant’s word-for-word and shot-for-shot 1998 copy of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. That is not a problem, however, in the stylish new … Read More

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