French Cinema

Le Parc

By David Jenkins

An innocent date in the park turns sinister in this burnished experimental gem from French director Damien Manivel.

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The Son of Joseph

By David Jenkins

Director Eugène Green mixes absurdism and sincerity in this tragidrama starring Mathieu Amalric.

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Why Is Paris Burning? remains one of the great anti-war epics

By Brogan Morris

Released 50 years ago, this understated and underloved drama is deserving of a reappraisal.

Is Leos Carax’s new film Annette a secret homage to Jacques Tati?

By David Jenkins

Rooney Mara, Adam Driver and Rihanna are on board, and pop duo Sparks are supplying the music.

Theo and Hugo

By David Jenkins

A captivating Parisian gay love story with lashings of steamy sex.

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The Blue Room

By David Jenkins

The always exceptional Mathieu Amalric directs and stars in this compelling literary noir.

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A Woman’s Life – first look review

By Katherine McLaughlin

There’s shades of Lars von Trier in this exquisitely crafted period piece from director Stéphane Brizé.

Frantz – first look review

By Katherine McLaughlin

François Ozon returns with a full-bodied tale of stunted romance and the pained legacy of warfare.

Things to Come

By David Jenkins

Director Mia Hansen-Løve delivers something wonderful and somewhat unexpected – a film about cats.

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Valley of Love

By David Jenkins

A film in which Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu play fictional versions of themselves should’ve been better.

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Up for Love

By Catherine Karellis

The hilarity of being a short person is leveraged in this very silly, single-note French rom-com.

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Is La La Land an homage to The Umbrellas of Cherbourg?

By Stephen Puddicombe

Director Damien Chazelle has admitted this ’60s classic is a key influence on his forthcoming musical.

Summertime

By David Jenkins

This ultra conventional lesbian melodrama from French director Catherine Corsini shows that going through the motions still has its pleasures.

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How Summertime channels the pro-choice spirit of One Sings, the Other Doesn’t

By Katherine McLaughlin

Catherine Corsini’s new film carries the torch for Agnès Varda’s feminist musical.

Eva Husson explains why all the actors in Bang Gang are white

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

The French writer/director on the non-diversity casting of her intimate ‘modern love story’.

Long Way North

By Sophie Yapp

This visually lustrous animated adventure film is hamstrung by its simplistic central story.

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Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)

By Mathilde Dumazet

Hot sex and cold moralising come together in this strange examination of how French teens spend their downtime.

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