Emily in Paris

Lost in Translation

October 14, 2020 | Comedy | By Heidi Ellison

It’s a classic yet ever-popular tale: a young American realizes her dream of moving to Paris. It’s also a natural for a Netflix series, especially when created by the man who brought us “Sex and the City,” the producer Darren … Read More

Adolescentes

Five Years of Teen Trauma

September 23, 2020 | Documentary | By Heidi Ellison

Director Sébastien Lifshitz is a brave man. For five years he embedded himself and his camera in the lives of two adolescent girls in the French provincial town of Brive, recording the traumas and joys of that fraught stage of … Read More

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