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

THE COUNTRY DOCTOR

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Thomas Lilti Stars: Francois Cluzet, Marianne Denicourt, Christophe Odent, Yohann Goetzmann, Isabelle Sadoyan, Felix Moati. Une Pratique De Pays? After screenings at the French Film Festival this gentle, bittersweet drama gets a limited cinematic release on the art house circuit. Jean-Pierre Werner (played by Francois Cluzet, from The Intouchables, etc) is a dedicated doctor in a regional area of France. He is the sort of old fashioned doctor who puts his patients ahead of monetary considerations, a bit like the Gallic equivalent 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