French Cinema

Is this the greatest teen movie ever made?

By David Jenkins

Maurice Pialat’s A Nos Amours is a movie masterpiece about the violence that comes from being a teenager.

Back to Burgundy

By Claire Langlais

A prodigal son relinquishes the jet set to run his ailing father’s vineyard in this lacklustre comedy-drama.

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Why Jacques Tourneur is a filmmaker for our troubled modern times

By Justine Smith

The French master’s work mirrors today’s climate of social anxiety, as revealed in a recent retrospective.

The Odyssey

By David Jenkins

French undersea explorer and educator Jacques Cousteau is the subject of the middling, unofficial biopic.

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Scribe

By Josh Howey

François Cluzet enters the shady world of phone tapping in this old school French thriller.

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The Death of Louis XIV

By David Jenkins

The great Jean-Pierre Leaud is at his comi-tragic best in this humanist portrait of a dying monarch.

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My Life as a Courgette

By David Jenkins

There’s magic in every stop-motion frame of this miniature gem from Claude Barras and Céline Sciamma.

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Jeune Femme – first look review

By David Jenkins

This delectable French coming-of-age farce is powered by a stunning central performance from actor Laetitia Dosch.

Le Redoutable – first look review

By David Jenkins

A light but ultimately unnecessary recreation of Jean-Luc Godard’s late ’60s from director Michel Hazanavicius.

120 Beats Per Minute – first look review

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

Robin Campillo’s rousing dramatisation of ’90s AIDS activism in France is a sure-fire Palme d’Or contender.

Lover For a Day – first look review

By David Jenkins

Another quietly astounding monochrome miniature on love and other demons from the great French director Philippe Garrel.

Let the Sunshine In – first look review

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

The art of flirting and flirting as art are the subjects of this extraordinary romcom from Claire Denis.

Barbara – first look review

By David Jenkins

A sultry and sensational performance from Jeanne Balibar fuels Mathieu Amalric’s experimental music biopic.

How to film a heart transplant

By David Jenkins

Katell Quillévere, director of the wonderful Heal the Living, reveals her tactics.

Heal the Living

By David Jenkins

Katell Quillévéré’s extraordinary third feature follows the journey of a human heart from one body into another.

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Watch the charming trailer for My Life as a Courgette

By Little White Lies

Claude Barras’ stop-motion gem is being released in both subtitled and dubbed versions.

In praise of Philippe Garrel, unsung hero of the French New Wave

By Matt Thrift

The director has been producing casual masterpieces since 1964.

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