Tag: france

Review: MANDIBLES, Gigantic Fly, Absurd Misadventures

Written and directed by Quentin Dupieux, the film stars Gregoire Ludig, David Marsais, Adele Exarchopoulos, India Hair, Romeo Elvis, Coralie Russier, and Bruno Lochet.

Cannes 2021 Review: BLOODY ORANGES Turns Savage in Cynical Satire

New French Burlesque meets Grand Guignol in Jean-Christophe Meurisse's latest comedy that mixes quirky and perverted.

Friday One Sheet: TITANE

An almost 'street art' design for Julia Ducournau's sophomore feature, Titane, debuting at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, features a mixture of haute couture and body horror, in high contrast 'club lighting' colours. Using nearly all the poster real estate...

Now Streaming: HORSEHEAD, Where Dreams May Haunt

Lilly Fleur-Pointeaux and Catriona MacColl star in a distinctive, memorable, and unsettling film, directed by Romain Basset, now streaming on Shudder.

Review: THE WITCHES OF THE ORIENT Goes Far Beyond a Nickname

The documentary by director Julien Faraut examines how a sports team from Japan became an international sensation.

Review: THE MONOPOLY ON VIOLENCE, Timely Contemplation on Excessive Force in Era of Yellow Vest, BLM

Directed by David Dufresne, the documentary is exemplary in reflecting insightful thoughts after one of the most violent and prolonged civil unrests in France's modern history.

TITANE Trailer: Julia Ducournau Returns, More Striking Than Ever

Julia Ducournau smashed out of the gate with Raw, her feature debut as writer and director, and her new film looks even more impressive. Take a look below. It's in the Official Competition at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, and...

Review: SUMMER OF 85, François Ozon's Naughty Take on a Summer Fling Movie

Félix Lefebvre, Benjamin Voisin, and Philippine Velge star in an erotically charged period piece, filled with pastel colors and 80s pop songs. It's a deliciously seductive summer fun movie.

Review: THE PRINCE'S VOYAGE, Monkey Crosses Sea, Discovers Strange New World

Directed by Jean-François Laguionie and Xavier Picard, the gorgeous animated tale from France is delightfully surprising and kindly philosophical.

Criterion in July 2021: DEEP COVER, WORKING GIRLS, MIRROR and More

Bill Duke's Deep Cover, Lizzie Borden's Working Girls, and Andrei Tarkovsky's Mirror lead the class of July 2010 from the Criterion Collection. In keeping with the season, Jacques Deray's La piscine is also on the release slate, along with Howard...

Review: A GIRL MISSING, Freedom of Expression

Tsutsui Mariko stars in director Fukada Kôji's piercing character study, now streaming on The Criterion Channel.

JUMBO Exclusive Clip: Jeanne Shares Her Creations

Zoé Wittock's contemporary fairy tale Jumbo is coming to VOD and DVD on March 16 from Dark Star Pictures. We have an exclusive clip to share with you today. You will find it and a selection of stills below.    Jeanne,...

Review: QUO VADIS, AIDA?, Searing Indictment of War From Not So Distant Past

Writer/director Jasmila Zbanica presents a powerful, harrowing film, with a stellar performance by Jasna Djuricic in the title role.

Review: KEEP AN EYE OUT, At Its Best, Absolutely Brilliant

The first scene of Keep an Eye Out, another crazy film by France’s Quentin Dupieux, evokes that memorable speech from Rubber about how all the great films have stuff with "no reason" to be. That’s because in said sequence, we...

Rotterdam 2021 Review: THE WITCHES OF THE ORIENT Celebrates and Experiments With Sports Proficiency

Julien Faraut's 2018 documentary In the Realm of Perfection worked with the recorded footage of a sporting event to speak about philosophy, image creation, editing and the impetus behind proficient sportsmen and women like John McEnroe, the "protagonist" of the...

Review: JUST DON'T THINK I'LL SCREAM, Ode to Cinema in Obsessive Visual Assemblage

Not since Godard's essay films, have I encountered a purely visual film that is culled from existing material that is also immensely pleasurable. Just Don't Think I'll Scream works beautifully, precisely because it's so personal. This is what an essay film of a true cinephile should look like.

Review: SAVAGE STATE, French Western Dissolves Into Something Else

Alice Isaaz, Kevin Janssens and Deborah Francois star in writer/director David Perrault's ambitious, elegant-looking drama.

Now Streaming: LUPIN, The Gentleman Thief Returns

Omar Sy stars in the crime-drama series, now streaming on Netflix.

Busan 2020 Review: COALESCE Shows Cambodia as a Land Compromised by Opportunity

Three young men look to forge their own paths in the fast-developing Kingdom of Cambodia in French filmmaker Jessé Miceli’s keenly observed debut feature. Employing non-professional actors and an entirely Cambodian cast, what follows is a coherent and engaging story...

Now Streaming: ILS (THEM), Terror That Jangles the Nerves

Olivia Bonamy and Michaël Cohen star in a disturbing French horror thriller, directed by David Moreau and Xavier Palud, and now streaming on Shudder.