French Cinema

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.

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.

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