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French Cinema

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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Adèle Exarchopoulos on filming inside France’s most notorious prison

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

The young star of Blue is the Warmest Colour talks exclusively about going behind bars for Down by Love.

The Measure of a Man

By Phil Concannon

The imperious Vincent Lindon excels as an ill-fated factory worker in this engaging social drama.

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Mon Roi

By Adam Woodward

Emmanuelle Bercot and Vincent Cassel tear each other apart in this so-so relationship drama.

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It’s Only the End of the World – first look review

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

Xavier Dolan returns to Cannes with a star-studded ensemble drama about a dysfunctional family. It’s all a bit flat.

Divines – first look review

By Ed Frankl

There’s shades of Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood in Houda Benyamina’s stirring debut.

Raw – first look review

By Ed Frankl

Julia Ducournau’s French campus cannibal horror serves up plenty of food for thought.

From the Land of the Moon – first look review

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

Marion Cotillard shines in this uneven but soulful meditation on marriage and depression.

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