L’Été Dernier (Last Summer)

Echoes of Phaedra

September 25, 2023 | Drama | By Heidi Ellison

Writer and filmmaker Catherine Breillat made her name with explicit, prolonged depictions of sex and sexuality, perhaps most notoriously in Romance (1999), in which she directed Italian porn star Rocco Siffredi in a number of unsimulated sex scenes, and À … Read More


(Dangerously) Live Onstage!

September 12, 2023 | Comedy | By Nick Hammond

Quentin Dupieux is one of the most original, innovative and downright wacky movie directors around. All his films have started from a completely absurd premise; for example, in Deerskin, the protagonist falls in love with a deerskin jacket that speaks … Read More

Mon Crime

French Stars Camp It Up

April 12, 2023 | Comedy | By Nick Hammond

Mon Crime is the latest in the extraordinary number of movies that director François Ozon manages to churn out at a very regular rate. Since his first short film in 1988, he has released at least one movie per year … Read More


A Question of Innocence

October 26, 2022 | Drama | By Heidi Ellison

L’Innocent is not really sure what kind of film it is. It’s a kind of stylish mystery/thriller/family drama, like Sophie Marceau’s latest, Une Femme de Notre Temps, but it’s also a kind of heist film, a kind of comedy and … Read More

Une Femme de Notre Temps

Target Practice

October 5, 2022 | Drama | By Heidi Ellison

The French actor Sophie Marceau, who is approaching the age of 57, has been an absolute star in France and elsewhere for some 42 years, ever since her first adolescent role in Claude Pinoteau’s La Boum (The Party) in 1980. … Read More

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