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    Reality

    Reality

    in French Movies

    In just 4 years, Quentin Dupieux has established himself as one of the most iconoclastic filmmakers on the international film circuit and with Reality he delivers his most ambitious and weirdest work to date – which says a lot. The French director who also had a successful electronic music career as Mr. Oizo came under the spotlight with his second […]

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    Timbuktu

    Timbuktu

    in French Movies

    The opening scene of Timbuktu summarizes pretty well the theme of this film. A group of armed jihadists are chasing an antelope. They are shooting their AK47 not to kill it but to scare this animal, which is a metaphor for a young orphan seen running at the end of the movie. Those two scenes aim at underlining the premise […]

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    Stranger By The Lake

    Stranger By The Lake

    in French Movies

    Stranger By The Lake is an intriguing film. Capturing the simple beauty of nature, observing quietly and candidly its characters, Alain Guiraudie’s work could certainly be seen as naturalistic. The camera often stands still, whether it’s to listen to conversations, follow a swimmer in the lake or watch those naked bodies. Every day is shown as a ritual, which starts […]

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    Les Hommes

    Les Hommes

    in French Film Noir, French Movies

    Les Hommes is the debut effort from Daniel Vigne who, 10 years later, found success with the medieval tale The Return of Martin Guerre. Les Hommes can easily fall into the unofficial subgenre of crime films set in Marseille along several major hits taking place in this French harbor, from Jean-pierre Melville’s Le Deuxième Souffle to William Friedkin’s French Connection […]

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    Blue Is The Warmest Color

    Blue Is The Warmest Color

    in French Movies

    It would be a mistake to only remember Blue Is The Warmest Color for its sex scenes showing bodies closely, without taboo or shame. Those beautiful, extended sequences – one of them lasting 7 minutes – depict the passion between Adèle, a high school girl who likes literature and want to be a teacher and Emma, an art student who […]

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    The Past

    The Past

    in French Movies

    Here is one the films that some might call a masterwork but beware … Since his previous success with A Separation, the Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi has become one of the rising figures on the international film scene. Far from being handicapped by the language barrier, he directs his actors with acute precision, even if it means filming in France, with […]

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    Young And Beautiful

    Young And Beautiful

    in French Movies

    Young and pretty, she certainly is; newcomer Marine Vacth has the looks and talent to give life to her role, infusing her performance with fragility, absence and rebellion. French director François Ozon (Swimming Pool) certainly knows how to choose his muses. This promising actress is radiant throughout the film, carrying it on her frail shoulders. She assumes her nakedness, offered […]

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    Amour

    Amour

    in French Movies

    Since the White Ribbon, which won a well-deserved Golden Palm award in Cannes, Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke seems to have found peace, having abandoned his taste for gratuitous provocation. Filled with sadness, Love shows the director’s – sometime exasperating – aspirations to take spectators hostage of his film mechanisms. This time, Mr. Haneke expresses some affection for his characters, his camera following them […]

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    Rust and Bone

    Rust and Bone

    in French Movies

    You are watching a masterpiece! With the first shot of Rust and Bone, French director Jacques Audiard establishes the tone of his new film. Trying to set the bar high, the opening credits look like a video clip or a perfume commercial. While they aim at letting spectators know they are watching a complex, rich and deep oeuvre, they instead warn […]

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    Unforgivable

    Unforgivable

    in French Movies

    The latest film from French director André Téchiné (The Girl on the Train) is a perfect example of what American spectators usually expect from current French cinema and, to that extent, they should be satisfied: Unforgivable offers a gallery of twisted and decadent characters who cheat, lie and indulge in various vices, from sex to drugs. There are emblematic femmes […]

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