• C’est Dur d’Etre Aimé Par des Cons (It’s Hard to Be Loved By Morons): A Look Back at Charlie Hebdo

    By Dimitri Keramitas

    Daniel Leconte’s documentary about the trial of Charlie Hebdo for disseminating racial hatred was made in 2008 (a year after the trial), but was re-released after the terrorist attacks which decimated its editorial staff. Both the trial and the attacks stemmed from caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed that the satirical newspaper ran on its cover.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 February 2015 )
  • Le Père Noël (Father Christmas): Ho! Ho! Humbug!

    By Dimitri Keramitas

    It’s always interesting when French filmmakers venture into Hollywood genres, not to subvert them like the New Wave directors, but to give them a French spin (and hope for American-style box office).

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 December 2014 )
  • Adieu au Langage (Goodbye to Language) : Not Your Parents’ 3D

    By Dimitri Keramitas

    Jean-Luc Godard has been making films his own way for about 60 years, ever since Une Histoire d’Eau (A Story of Water), the documentary short he co-filmed with François Truffaut, and then the ground-breaking feature Breathless.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 24 November 2014 )
  • Mommy: A French-Canadian Prodigy Takes Paris by Storm

    By Dimitri Keramitas

    Director Xavier Dolan is considered a prodigy in France. At 25-years-old and with several Cannes prizes already under his belt, he’s being hailed as the French-Canadian Orson Welles. His new film, Mommy, has had a rapturous critical reception, and the Parisian public is flocking to this harrowing (and long) film. And Mommy is definitely worth seeing.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 24 October 2014 )
  • Gemma Bovery : Madame Bovary, C’est Elle

    By Dimitri Keramitas

    Gemma Bovery is lushly filmed but oddly constructed, a movie that tickles your senses while your brain wonders whether it’s all a botched cinematic soufflé. It mashes up an update of Flaubert’s novel and an English-French encounter à la A Year in Provence.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 October 2014 )
  • Maestro : Be Careful Of What You Don’t Wish For

    By Dimitri Keramitas

    Maestro is a film you want to like, but almost can’t, because it tries too hard. It has a nice, original concept: Henri Renaud, an aspiring young actor who wants more than anything to be a star in conventional movies, instead lands a leading role in the latest opus of a renowned, but very artsy, auteur.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 August 2014 )
  • Bird People : Lost in Transit

    By Dimitri Keramitas

    Ever since her acclaimed first film Petits arrangements avec les morts, Pascale Ferran has been considered one of the French cinema’s most gifted filmmakers, especially interesting for being slightly askew. The idea of her making a film about an American adrift in Paris was tantalizing. Bird People (her first feature since 2006’s Lady Chatterly) is more than slightly askew—it’s at a vertiginous angle (maybe the perspective of a careening bird).

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 12 July 2014 )
  • Film Review: The Young and Prodigious T. S. Spivet (from the Director of Amelie)

    By Anne McCarthy

    Jean-Pierre Jeunet struck gold with his beloved Parisian film Amelie. The titular protagonist, a whimsical brunette who lives in Montmartre (Audrey Tautou), captured the hearts and minds of audiences and Oscar voters.

    Now, the director has done it again in his latest film, The Young and Prodigious T. S. Spivet. This 3D film features a mixed cast of Anglo and French actors, including Dominique Pinon, Helena Bonham Carter and the film debut of Kyle Catlett. The film is an adaptation of an American novel by Reif Larsen.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 30 June 2014 )
  • Deux Jours, Une Nuit (Two Days, One Night): Sixteen Angry Workers

    By Dimitri Keramitas

    Now that Ken Loach is getting long in the tooth, the Belgian brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne have become the reigning co-monarchs (or co-commissars) of the European social film. 2011’s The Kid with a Bike was a brilliant mix of harsh social observation and sentiment. Their disappointing Deux Jours, Une Nuit (literally Two Days, One Night) may work as an effective tear-jerker (it convinced a jury in Cannes, where it won a special prize) but it’s too schematic to be a very good film.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 June 2014 )
  • 67th Cannes Film Festival - When Film Worlds Collide

    By Anne McCarthy

    Beginning May 14, the Cannes Film Festival enveloped southern France for twelve days. The festival welcomed a plethora of films, both stinkers and winners. The ones that earned the most praise and recognition were those with unalloyed simplicity.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 02 June 2014 )
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