• Les Garçons et Guillaume à Table! - La Cage Aux Folles Meets the Comédie Française

    By Dimitri Keramitas

    Les Garçons et Guillaume à Table (literally The Boys and Guillaume, At the Table) did very healthy box office in France and won the César for Best Picture (over stiff competition like La Vie d’Adèle and Jimmie P.)  But despite starring the talented Guillaume Gallienne (“of the Comédie Française”), who also wrote and directed, dealing with the current go-to subject of sexual orientation, and having many funny moments, it’s unlikely to transcend the local market as The Artist did a couple years ago.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 31 March 2014 )
  • Week Ends: Weekends Long and Lost

    By Dimitri Keramitas

    Week Ends, directed by Anne Villacèque, serves up not just a slice of French life, but several of them, during one married couple’s trials and tribulations and another’s bemused continuity. Both couples own weekend houses on the Normandy coast, a popular destination for Parisians to get away from it all for a couple of days.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 14 March 2014 )
  • Jacky dans le Royaume des Filles (Jacky in the Kingdom of Girls): Gender’s End

    By Dimitri Keramitas

    Riad Sattouf’s comic delirium literally translates as Jacky in the Kingdom of Girls, which indicates that it’s not quite the forward-minded spoof of gender attitudes that it seems. Jacky imagines a fantasy world where sex roles are reversed: women are macho brutes, the men snivelling harpies who wear chadors.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 10 February 2014 )
  • Yves Saint Laurent : He came, he saw, he sewed

    By Dimitri Keramitas

    There are many iconic names in the fashion capital of the world, but Yves Saint Laurent was more than a name. His YSL logo was as recognizable as the ‘60s LOVE poster, and he himself was instantly recognizable. A big-budget biopic was inevitable. The problem is that an artist’s life is his work, which isn’t easy to dramatize.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 18 January 2014 )
  • Comment J’ai Détesté les Maths-How I Hated Math: Let Me Count The Ways!

    By Dimitri Keramitas

    Comment J’ai Detesté Les Maths (literally How I Hated Math), the amusing new documentary directed by Olivier Peyon comes at a very à propos moment for mathophobes on both sides of the Atlantic: the PISA evaluation of students around the world has shown both the Americans and the French sorely lacking in various subjects, of which math. How I Hated Math explores the hate—but also the love—of math in France, America and other countries.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 December 2013 )
  • La Vie d’Adele (Blue Is the Warmest Color): Sentimental Sex Education

    By Dimitri Keramitas

    Blue is the Warmest Color is receiving more attention (and stirring up more controversy) than any French film since The Artist. The title’s translation is odd, even if it sounds nice. The French title stresses the protagonist’s character and life arc, and also alludes to a classic novel, La Vie de Marianne (by Marivaux), mentioned in the movie.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 18 November 2013 )
  • Le Week-end

    By Anne McCarthy

    In 1897, Oscar Wilde moved from England to Paris. Wilde sought a life of pleasure that he knew he’d find there. In 2013, Meg and Nick Burrows do the same. Well, for a weekend, anyway.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 08 November 2013 )
  • Neuf Mois Ferme: Human and Inhuman Comedy

    By Dimitri Keramitas

    Sandrine Kiberlain, one of the greatest French actresses of her generation, is a wonder to behold, even physically. With a long narrow face, large, somewhat protuberant eyes, a beak of a nose, rubbery lips trying to find a shape, she looks like a female version of Ichabod Crane.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 09 November 2013 )
  • Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian): The Talking Cure

    By Dimitri Keramitas

    Arnaud Desplechin is one of the French cinema’s best-kept—but most highly regarded—secrets. He’s not an avant-garde director, but his challenging films (Esther Kahn, Rois et Reines, Un Conte de Noel) are firmly situated on the margins. Since his first film, Le Sentinel (which starred a mummified head) he has constantly pushed the celluloid envelope. He is revered by his cohort of film-makers as well the up-and-coming generation.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 October 2013 )
  • French Cinema Takes Over the Toronto International Film Festival

    By Katherine Brodsky

    This year, French films are front and center at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival, which will take place from September 5 to 15. UniFrance Films, a non-profit association that promotes and supports French films, will be presenting 33 films which make up approximately 10% of the official selection at the festival. With so many critically acclaimed titles in the spotlight, it is a very good year for French cinema.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 01 September 2013 )
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