French Cinema

Films to last a lifetime – RIP Jean-Luc Godard

By David Jenkins

In memory of one of cinema’s most formidable and pathfinding talents, who has died at the age of 91.

Little Ones – first-look review

By David Jenkins

Debut director Julie Lerat-Gersant offers up a vivid character study of a pregnant teen who’s adamant to give up her baby.

The Passengers of the Night – first-look review

By David Jenkins

This aimless and thin family portrait set in ’80s Paris is boosted by an affecting turn from Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Nobody’s Hero – first-look review

By David Jenkins

The latest from French filmmaker Alain Guiraudie is an eccentric urban farce combining true love and terrorism.

L’Événement – first-look review

By David Jenkins

Audrey Divan’s lacerating and necessary drama follows a young student seeking a clandestine abortion in 1960s France.

Deception – first-look review

By David Jenkins

Arnaud Desplechin judiciously adapts Philip Roth’s verbose 1990 novel about an adulterous author.

Looking beyond the violence of Baise-moi

By Daisy Phillipson

Virginie Despentes and Coralie Trinh Thi explore sexual agency, trauma and the power of female friendship in this controversial 2000 thriller.

On Location: The title sequence from Jacques Tati’s Mon Oncle

By Adam Scovell

The Parisian town of Joinville provides the backdrop to the French director’s 1958 masterpiece.

After the Wave: Exploring French cinema in the 1970s

By Adam Scovell

The decade following the Nouvelle Vague saw the emergence of progressive filmmakers like Chantal Akerman and Maurice Pialat.

Sauvage

By Ella Kemp

Camille Vidal-Naquet’s impressive debut feature is infused with skin-prickling energy.

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The Workshop

By Trevor Johnston

Writer Robin Campillo and director Laurent Cantet team up for this slight exercise in social commentary.

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Why I love Jean Seberg’s performance in Breathless

By Adam Scovell

The American star led something of a tragic life, but she will forever be remembered for her role in Jean-Luc Godard’s debut feature.

L’Amant Double

By Manuela Lazic

This twisty psycho-thriller from François Ozon sees a perplexed young woman dating identical shrinks.

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Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin’s forgotten cine revolution

By Little White Lies

Read an exclusive extract of a long-lost conversation between these innovative French filmmakers.

In praise of Holy Motors

By Ben Nicholson

One of the great screen visions of modern Paris come to the ICA on 35mm in association with MUBI

In praise of Jacques Tati’s Playtime

By David Jenkins

We have teamed with MUBI and the ICA to host a 35mm screening of this true original.

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.

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