Été 85

Summer Love

July 22, 2020 | Drama | By Nick Hammond

Director François Ozon’s Été 85, originally scheduled to be part of the official Cannes Film Festival lineup this year before the coronavirus crisis forced the festival’s cancellation, is the first major movie to be released in France post-lockdown. It also … Read More

Mythomaniac

Madame Giannini, C’est Moi!

July 8, 2020 | Drama | By Paul Scott

In the 2019 French Netflix show Mythomaniac (Mytho in the original French), creator Fabrice Gobert, who brought us the neo-zombies of Les Revenants, focuses on the zombification of contemporary suburban lifestyles. Most horror takes place in suburbia, as if to … Read More

Ad Vitam

Happily Ever After?

May 27, 2020 | Drama | By Paul Scott

In the 1980s, a chance discovery revealed that a species of small jellyfish, Turritopsis dohrnii, which self-regenerates and never reaches maturity, is biologically immortal. This process is currently being studied by many groups of scientists around the world with a … Read More

Osmosis

Future Fairy Tale

May 6, 2020 | Drama | By Paul Scott

Although they don’t get much credit for it, the French were pioneers in the literature of science fiction, and they are now excelling in the genre on cinema and television screens as well. In the past few years, several original … Read More

L’État Sauvage

Calamity Jeanne Rides Again

March 11, 2020 | Drama | By Heidi Ellison

A feminist French Western? Well, why not? Just about every other imaginable kind of Western has already been made, so not much else is left. L’État Sauvage (Savage State), directed by David Perrault, takes place in 1861 during the American … Read More

Les Misérables

Hugo in the Projects

March 4, 2020 | Drama | By Nick Hammond

In the midst of the furor surrounding Roman Polanski’s award as best director for J’Accuse at last week’s Césars (the French Oscars), Les Misérables, the movie that won for best film, has undeservedly gone under the radar. Those hoping for another … Read More

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

On a Slow Burn

February 26, 2020 | Drama | By Heidi Ellison

I am rather late in seeing Portrait de la Jeune Fille en Feu (Portrait of a Lady on Fire), directed by Céline Sciamma, but the movie, released in the United States on Valentine’s Day, is topical once again. It is … Read More