Category Archives: French Cinema

Vincent, François, Paul et les Autres (the Others)

Mid-life unease is worn as light as a 1970s sports jacket in Claude Sautet’s expose of friendship and floundering between three men. Energetic entrepreneur, Vincent (Yves Montand), the uptight doctor, François (Michel Piccoli) and disillusioned writer, Paul (Serge Reggiani) all … Continue reading

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Conte d’Hiver (A Winter’s Tale)

Eric Rohmer reinvents fairytale with grey cold, charming chattering and the hopes of an ordinary woman. Neither Grimm nor Disney, greedy witch or shallow promise, Rohmer’s magic rests in the day-to-day and a heart’s steadfast belief that something, contrary to … Continue reading

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César et Rosalie

Male adoration and infatuation takes two forms in Claude Sautet’s love-triangle serenade, starring Romy Schneider as the woman unable to choose between a passionate entrepreneur and an aloof artist. Both are obsessed with her, but show their interest in different … Continue reading

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Le Boucher (The Butcher)

A disturbed butcher falling for a small-town schoolteacher forms the blood and bones of Claude Chabrol’s classic 1970 thriller. Set in the heart of the Dordogne close to one of the region’s prehistoric caves, Popaul (Jean Yanne) is a needy … Continue reading

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Paris Nous Appartient (Paris Belongs to Us)

Wide spaces and open ideas connect with paranoia and penned-in desire in Jacques Rivette’s first feature, the title of which is inspired by Charles Péguy’s reflection that Paris belongs to those who spend the summer there preparing for the winter … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Jean-Hugues Anglade

Jean-Hugues Anglade talks about his inner-fiction, solitude and the landscapes of his youth. And a changing France … I first met Jean-Hugues Anglade last August at the Festival Film Francophone d’Angoulême, where he was the president of the jury, and promoting … Continue reading

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Après Vous

One simple act of kindness and the hilarious complications that follow form the heart-stone of Pierre Salvadori’s romantic-comedy, one that rolls out bad luck and angst-ridden romance with gags and some very pretty flower arrangements. Daniel Auteuil, French-cinema’s Prince-of-buried-emotion,  plays … Continue reading

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Trois Couleurs: Blanc (Three Colours: White)

Dominique (Julie Delpy) steps out of the church into white light; she’s an unobtainable bride, too pure and too radiant to be made love to by her hapless Polish hairdresser husband. Or at least this is what Karlos’s (Zbigniew Zamachowski)…

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Belle de Jour (Beauty of the Day)

Corridors of erotic fantasies help Séverine (Catherine Deneuve) navigate the confines of her private and public life. Or, as the original trailer says: ‘a divorce between the soul and the flesh.’ Séverine has been married to her doctor husband, Pierre … Continue reading

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La Cambrure (The Curve)

Eva is adamant she doesn’t want to be seen as an object of desire. ‘Why not an object of love?’ Roman retorts.
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