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    Holy Motors

    Holy Motors

    in French Movies

    I have a project: becoming crazy. Holy Motors leaves you groggy, as if you were awaking from sleepwalking. This magnificent work needs to be digested slowly; we not only get enveloped by this melancholic trip but also amused by the filmmaker’s carefree attitude. This film takes us from one emotion to another – confusing, irritating, annoying, sad, funny, beautiful, ugly, well-crafted and shaky -, […]

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    The First Man

    The First Man

    in French Movies

    The First Man is based on an unfinished autobiographic novel by French author Albert Camus (The Stranger). The film follows his alter-ego Jean Cornery (Jacques Gamblin –The Names of Love), a famous writer who returns to Algiers on the eve of the Algerian war. As he wanders through the streets of the city, he not only remembers his childhood but is […]

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    The Princess of Montpensier

    The Princess of Montpensier

    in French Movies

    During his presentation at Cannes, Bertrand Tavernier had explained at a press conference his intentions with his period piece, La Princesse de Montpensier, adapted from a short story by Madame de La Fayette: by centering the film on the feelings of the main protagonists, that of four men vying for the favors of a woman, and giving the project a […]

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    A Prophet

    A Prophet

    in French Movies

    While one might have expected another prison movie, A Prophet goes far beyond the limits of this sub-genre. Supported by a scenario of infinite richness, Jacques Audiard’s film takes the time to breath, halfway, taking the audience on surprising roads with unpredictable ends… Beginning with a 50 franc bill and ending with thousands of euros, A Prophet is about the […]

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    Cache

    Cache

    in French Movies

    One of the amusing things about watching an enigmatic film with an American audience fatly fed on Hollywood-style suspense is that they assume that every mystery must have a logical explanation, a twist that should be revealed in its last sequence, taking you off-guard and flattering your intelligence. At the end of the premiere at AFI Fest, there was much […]

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    Time Of The Wolf

    Time Of The Wolf

    in French Movies

    Following his provocative Piano Teacher, Michael Haneke has chosen to study the evolution of social codes following a disaster. While the film never reveals what happened, what interests the director here is the aftermath rather than the cause, as the absence of any police or military presence seems to point at some conflict-type event. Time of the Wolf follows Isabelle […]

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    The Piano Teacher

    The Piano Teacher

    in French Movies

    Never has perversion been so shockingly real without going for cheap thrills or voyeurism. In this tale of painful love and frustration, Isabelle Huppert plays Erika, a loveless piano teacher who escapes her oppressive mom (Annie Girardot) and working routine by frequenting peepshows. When a student, Walter (Benoît Magimel), unexpectedly falls for her, she finally finds a way to materialize […]

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