L’Innocent

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

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