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Comedy

Lost in Paris

A throwback to the physical comedy of Jacques Tati comes up short.

Lolo

Slapstick meets The Bad Seed in Julie Delpy’s fitfully charming tale, marked by contradictory impulses and abrupt, bewildering shifts in tone.

Bicycling with Molière

Written and Directed by Philippe Le Guay, based on an original idea by Fabrice Luchini and Le Guay Produced by Anne-Dominique Toussaint Released by Strand Releasing. French with English subtitles France. 104 min. Not rated With Fabrice Luchini, Lambert Wilson, Maya Sansa, and Laurie Bordesoules I have had only a little experience with the plays […]

Le Chef

Directed by Daniel Cohen French with English subtitles Released by Cohen Media Group France. 85 min. Rated PG-13 Aspiring chef Jacky (Michaël Youn) is the stereotypical figure that strikes fear into the hearts of the less gastronomically adventurous. He’ll materialize from the kitchen if diners prefer red wine with white meat, and woe betide the […]

Genre Films | Cannes 2014

The Directors’ Fortnights at the Cannes Film Festival was established in 1969 as an alternative to the official selection, as a way of opening the door to “free and adventurous cinema” (per its program guide) and promoting new directors. It has since become a showcase for the up-and-coming, spotlighting Martin Scorsese, Michael Haneke, Werner Herzog, […]

On My Way

Directed by Emmanuelle Bercot Written by Bercot and Jérôme Tonnerre Produced by Olivier Delbosc and Marc Missonnier Released by Cohen Media Group French with English subtitles France. 113 min. Not rated With Catherine Deneuve, Nemo Schiffman, Gérard Garouste, Camille, Claude Gensac, Paul Hamy, Mylène Demongeot and Hafsia Herzi Filmmakers like knocking Catherine Deneuve, now in […]

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2014

If you’re lucky enough to see only a handful of what the mini-festival Rendez-Vous with French Cinema has to offer, you’re likely to have a sense of déjà vu, or at least left wondering, strange, I’ve seen that face before. One of the resulting pleasure of this annual series—23 features this year—is that in a […]

In the House

Written & Directed by François Ozon, adapted from the play, The Boy in the Last Row, by Juan Mayorga Produced by Eric & Nicolas Altmayer Released by Cohen Media Group French with English subtitles. France. 105 min. Rated R With Fabrice Luchini, Kristin Scott Thomas, Emmanuelle Seigner, Denis Ménochet, Ernst Umhauer & Bastien Ughetto Following […]

My Worst Nightmare

Directed by Anne Fontaine Produced by Francis Boespflug, Philippe Carcassonne, Bruno Pesery & Jérôme Seydoux Written by Fontaine & Nicholas Mercier Released by Strand Releasing French with English subtitles France. 103 min. Not rated With Isabelle Huppert, Benoît Poelvoorde, André Dussollier & Virginie Efira Anne Fontaine has had a curious career. The French director has […]