CLAIRE DARLING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Julie Bertucelli Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni, Alice Taglioni, Olivier Rabourdin, Simon Thomas. Catherine Deneuve has enjoyed a five-decade long career and is one of the living treasures of French cinema. In her latest film the veteran actress plays the eponymous central character, an aging reclusive widow convinced that she is about to die after hearing voices in her head. She sets out to sell all her trinkets, family heirlooms, precious music boxes and antiques in an impromptu garage sale. She asks ridiculously Continue reading

THE MIDWIFE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Martin Provost Stars: Catherine Frot, Catherine Deneuve, Olivier Gourmet, Quentin Dolmaine. A tale of two Catherines? This slight French melodrama boasting solid performances from two of the country's most formidable and iconic actresses screened at the French Film Festival earlier in the year and now gains a limited commercial release. The Midwife was written especially for France's most beloved actresses in the veteran Catherine Deneuve, who has been an iconic star of cinema for several decades, and Catherine Frot, who was Continue reading

POTICHE

Reviewed by GREG KING Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Frabrice Luchini, Karin Viard, Gerard Depardieu. This sophisticated and witty comedy about business, politics and the dynamics of a dysfunctional family was the opening night attraction at this year’s French Film Festival, and it is a real crowd pleaser. Catherine Deneuve finds one of her best roles for some time here as Suzanne, a stay at home sixtysomething housewife who is married to the smarmy, scheming and philandering Robert (Fabrice Luchini). It transpires that he married her for the family inheritance, the Continue reading