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

SAMBA

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano Stars: Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim, Youngar Fall, Izia Higelin, Isaka Sawadogo, Helene Vincent. The wonderful, upbeat and life affirming comedy drama The Intouchables, about the relationship between a paraplegic and his carer from the wrong side of the tracks, was one of my favourite films from 2011. And it seems that the rest of the world loved it too, as it grossed over $440 million. However, the follow up film from directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, which also looks at an Continue reading

ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2015 – REVIEWS

By GREG KING. Celebrating its 26th year in 2015, the Alliance Française French Film Festival is a highly anticipated and extremely popular event on the Australian cultural calendar. It is not only the biggest film festival in Australia; it is also the biggest festival of French films outside of France. Over a period of eight weeks, a program consisting of blockbusters and independent films alike will screen at palace cinemas in eight cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Perth and Hobart. The festival also includes glamorous opening nights, Continue reading

THE INTOUCHABLES

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano Stars: Francois Cluzet, Omar Sy, Cyril Mondy. This charming and very enjoyable feelgood comedy from France is another odd couple buddy comedy/drama that deals with the unlikely friendship that develops between a quadriplegic and his carer. The film is based on a true story, and it deals with familiar themes of friendship, family, race, and it even explores the social divide in contemporary France. The film opens with a car chase with police pursuing a Ferrari through the same tunnels in Paris where Continue reading