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    Despite the Night movie poster

    Despite the Night

    in French Movies

    A sordid, obsessive romance set in the Parisian porn industry, Despite the Night (Malgré La Nuit) aspires to be a provocative French arthouse film with existential ambitions. Directed by Philippe Grandrieux (Un Lac), an experimental artist and filmmaker, this movie uses a pretty simple premise – a young man looking for his missing call-girl/prostitute girlfriend – to take us on an increasingly […]

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    The Measure of a Man

    in French Movies

    Everything is pretty ordinary in The Measure of a Man. As the title implies, the film follows one simple man through his ordinary life as he struggles to get a job. The film’s direction and script are however far from being simplistic, creating an experience that will haunt you for a while. As soon as the movie opens, you get […]

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    Dheepan

    in French Movies

    Rather than playing it safe, award-winning French filmmaker Jacques Audiard (A Prophet, Rush and Bone) always tries to push the boundaries of cinema, whether it’s in terms of content or format. With his latest movie, Dheepan, he attempts to create a realistic work, this time taking on topical themes, immigration and violence in the projects. While he doesn’t pretend to […]

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    Valley Of Love

    in French Movies

    Valley of Love is kind of a concept work, reuniting powerhouse French film couple Isabelle Huppert and Gerard Depardieu, 35 years after Maurice Pialat’s iconic Loulou. The rendez-vous is this time set in California’s Death Valley, following their son’s death and this is mostly a pretext to allow them to visit the ghosts of their past and make us witness […]

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    In the Shadow of Women

    in French Movies

    Known for a body of work influenced by the French New Wave film movement, French director Philippe Garrel continues his exploration of relationships making both universes cross in his latest entry. Stanislas Merhar (The Art of Love) plays Pierre, a struggling documentary filmmaker whose movie and relationship seem to be works in progress. Like it is the case with lots […]

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    Love

    in French Movies

    Gaspar Noé’s latest much talked-about provocation isn’t exactly what you might expect: it isn’t just a 2-hour skin flick; it is a beautiful film. There are no improbable stunts here, no plumber coming to fix some girl’s pipes. There are lots of sex – some real, some fake – graced by beautiful bodies and an elegant light. And, to be frank, […]

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    Breathe

    in French Movies

    For her sophomore directing effort, the French actress Mélanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds, Enemy) explores once again relationships between women, this time focusing on a couple teenage girls. Charlie (Joséphine Japy) is a studious and introverted 17-year old girl raised in a broken home. While she seems to see her young mother (Isabelle Carré – Romantics Anonymous, Beautiful Memories) almost as […]

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    Grace of Monaco

    Grace of Monaco

    in French Movies

    The announcement made during the opening credits sounds like an excuse: “the film that you are about to watch is a fiction based on real facts”.  With Grace of Monaco, French filmmaker Olivier Dahan (La Vie en Rose) delivers his own adaptation of a true story in order to create an ambitious work and this is certainly his right. The […]

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    Standing Tall

    in French Movies

    Malony is your typical troubled kid from Dunkirk. Frail, blond with light eyes, he skips school to steal cars and doesn’t fit the clichéd immigrant profile: we quickly understand that director Emmanuelle Bercot wants to avoid stigmatizing part of the population, Standing Tall focusing instead on those people whose jobs are to save kids. Through Malony’s 10-year learning journey, the filmmaker […]

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    Saint Laurent

    in French Movies

    When Saint Laurent screened at the Cannes film festival last year, some critics and journalists rushed to praise Bertrand Bonello’s film, claiming it was a masterpiece. They were probably the same ones who had also applauded his previous work, House of Tolerance, before realizing later that they had missed the mark. The same thing is most likely happening with this […]

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