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

J’ai Perdu Mon Corps

Body Issues

December 18, 2019 | Drama | By Heidi Ellison

Unlike Les Hirondelles de Kabul, reviewed here recently, the film J’ai Perdu Mon Corps (I Lost My Body), directed by Jérémy Clapin, has good reason to be animated. Full of fantasy elements. it would have been most difficult to make … Read More

Hors Normes

Do-Good, Feel-Good Film

December 11, 2019 | Drama | By Heidi Ellison

Directors and screenwriters Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache seem to be making a career out of feel-good movies about gnarly subjects. Their huge hit, Intouchables (2011), the second most successful film ever made in France, was an upbeat film about … Read More

Matthias et Maxime

Will They or Won't They?

December 4, 2019 | Drama | By Nick Hammond

Having just turned 30, the director and actor Xavier Dolan can no longer be called the wunderkind of Canadian cinema, but the fact that he has already directed eight full-length features shows how prolific he has been. He has also … Read More

La Belle Époque

High-Tech Time Machine

November 27, 2019 | Drama | By Nick Hammond

My heart sinks these days when I see the cast list of new French movies containing familiar names of great actors from the past. All too often they seem to have phoned in their roles and appear perfectly content to … Read More