NORMANDY NUDE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Phillipe Le Guay Stars: Francois Cluzet, Gregory Gadebois, Toby Jones, Arthur Dupont, Phillipe Rebbot, Patrick d'Assumcao, Lucie Muratet, Daphne Dumons, Pili Groyne, Julie Ann Roth. This French comedy/drama tells of a town of struggling farmers who prepare to strip off and pose nude for a photo shoot. If this brief synopsis makes it seem like a Gallic variation on both The Full Monty and Calendar Girls you wouldn’t be far off the mark. The film is set in Mele sur Sarthe, a small farming community in Normandy. With the price of Continue reading

C’EST LA VIE

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano Stars: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Gilles Lellouche, Eye Haidara, Jean-Paul Rouve, Benjamin Lavernhe, Judith Chemla, Vincent Macaigne, Suzanne Clement. A Gallic The Wedding Planner? Max Angeley (played by Jean-Pierre Bacri, from Look At Me, etc) is a veteran wedding planner and caterer who offers first rate service and lavish affairs for couples. But after thirty years he wants to get out of the business. After a couple of decades, he now lacks tolerance for couples who want to compromise on the Continue reading

TWO IS A FAMILY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Hugo Gelin Stars: Omar Sy, Clemence Poesy, Antoine Bertrand, Gloria Colston, Ashley Walters, Clementine Celarie, Raphael von Blumenthal. A remake of the 2013 Mexican comedy Instructions Not Included, the crowd pleasing Two Is A Family is sort of a Gallic Kramer Versus Kramer that deliberately tugs at the heartstrings. It was the most popular film at the French box office in 2017-18, and recently screened to great acclaim at the French Film Festival here in Australia. It stars Omar Sy, who was wonderful in the fantastic French Continue reading

BPM – interview with writer Philippe Mangeot

by GREG KING BPM is a fictional drama based on the activities of ACTUP, an AIDS activist group in Paris in the 1990s. Philippe Mangeot and filmmaker Robin Campillo (Eastern Boys, etc) were both members of the group. They have drawn upon their experiences and memories for this powerful and confronting drama - a rousing call to arms that delves into the politics of the group. At the centre is also a beautiful love story. BPM (Beats Per Minute) screens at the Melbourne International Queer Film Festival on Sunday March 24, and the Alliance French Film Festival in March. Continue reading

ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FILM FESTIVAL 2018 – interview with artistic director Philippe Platel

by GREG KING The 29th Alliance Francaise French Film Festival screens at Palace Cinemas around the country throughout March. The program features 50 films, ranging from comedies to contemporary dramas. The opening night film is C’est La Vie, a comedy from the directors of the superb The Intouchables. The closing night film is 50 Is The New 30, a romantic comedy.  This year there is a strong LGBT stream, with films like BPM and 4 Days In France. Greg spoke to Philippe Platel, the artistic director of the French Film Festival to find out more Continue reading