Chambre 212

Ghosts of Lovers Past

November 13, 2019 | Comedy | By Nick Hammond

Although not born in the city, Christophe Honoré has become the quintessential Parisian film director. Many of his movies (such as Dans Paris and my particular favorite, Les Chansons d’Amour) are set in very recognizable locations around the city. His … Read More

Atlantique

Ghostly Romeo and Juliet

October 16, 2019 | Drama | By Heidi Ellison

Having only seen the trailer, I went to the film Atlantique, directed by Mati Diop and winner of the Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, under the misapprehension that it was a film about the struggles of migrants … Read More

Alice et le Maire

Political Talkie

October 7, 2019 | Drama | By Heidi Ellison

Éric Rohmer, the king of “talkies,” helped give French cinema its all-talk, no-action reputation. Most of his quiet, charming movies were filled with intellectual discussions about the politics of love, with little actual lovemaking. Now, one of Rohmer’s favorite actors, … Read More

Les Hirondelles de Kaboul

Just a Woman

October 2, 2019 | Drama | By Heidi Ellison

It’s not exactly news that life for women in Afghanistan under the rule of the Taliban was a nightmare, but the animated film Les Hirondelles de Kaboul (The Swallows of Kabul), by Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec, offers a pertinent … Read More

Le Daim

French Davy Crockett Goes Berserk

July 24, 2019 | 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

Sibyl

Woman as Volcano

June 5, 2019 | Drama | By Heidi Ellison

No wonder there is so much mistrust of psychiatrists when the French keep making films like Sibyl, directed by Justine Triet. Sibyl (Virginie Efira) is a novelist turned shrink who wants to write another novel, so she dumps most of … Read More

#Female Pleasure

Sex Crimes Uncovered

May 29, 2019 | Documentary | By Heidi Ellison

The documentary #Female Pleasure doesn’t have much to do with France per se (except that a few scenes were shot in Paris), but its themes are universal, and I was dismayed to learn that this well-made documentary of compelling interest has had only … Read More

Lourdes

Believe It or Not

May 22, 2019 | Documentary | By Heidi Ellison

Ever wonder what really goes on at Lourdes, aside from a roaring trade in bottled holy water, statuettes of the Virgin Mary, rosaries and a multitude of kitschy souvenirs? The new documentary Lourdes, by Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai (both … Read More

J’Veux du Soleil

Just People

May 8, 2019 | Documentary | By Heidi Ellison

I went to see the documentary J’Veux du Soleil! (I Want Some Sun!) hoping to find an answer to the question that seems to be on everyone’s mind in France these days: what do the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests) want? Directors … Read More