BACK TO BURGUNDY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Cedric Klapisch Stars: Pio Marmai, Ana Girardot, Francois Civil, Jean-Marie Winling, Maria Valerde, Yamee Couture, Jean-Marc Roulot, Eric Caravaca, Tewfik Jallab, Bruno Raffaelli, Hugo Soyer. Set in the wine growing region of the Loire Valley over the course of one year, this French drama is a tale of family, relationships, the ties that bind us, and, of course, wine. Raised on a vineyard in Burgundy with his siblings, Jean (played by Pio Marmai) left home a decade ago to travel the world and also to escape from the presence 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

JUST TO BE SURE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Carina Tardieu Stars: Francoise Damiens, Cecile de France, Alice de Lencquesaing, Guy Marchand, Andre Wilms, Esteban. Erman Gourmelon (played by Francois Damiens, from the entertaining comedy The Family Belier, etc) is a widower in his mid-forties. He works as a bomb disposal expert, helping to clear mines and building sites of unexploded munitions from WWII. But little does he know that his personal life is about to become a minefield. His 22-year-old daughter Juliette (Alice de Lencquesaing, from the Continue reading

MONSIEUR CHOCOLAT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Roshcdy Zem Stars: Omar Sy, James Thieree, Clotilde Hesme, Olivier Gourmet, Noemie Lvovsky, Frederic Pierrot, Alice de Lencquesaing, Alec Pesces. A hit at the recent French Film Festival, this entertaining and lavish low budget film from France is an exploration of the origins of comedy. In the late nineteenth century, vaudeville and the circus were the pioneers of physical comedy. This biopic charts the rise and fall of Rafael Padilla (played here by Omar Sy, from The Intouchables, etc), a former slave from Cuba who was the Continue reading

THINGS TO COME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mia Hansen-Love Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Andre Marcon, Roman Kolinka, Edith Scob. The fifth feature film from French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Love (Father Of My Children, etc), Things To Come is a deeply personal and subtle slice of life drama about a woman caught up in something of a midlife crisis. The film explores some rich and resonant themes about love, loss, abandonment, loneliness, aging, philosophy, love and politics. It is also a character study of a woman on the edge. Things To Come has been loosely inspired by Continue reading