Here are all our reviews of European movies, including French, Belgian, British, Danish films and more.

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The Lure

in Polish Movies

Somewhat based on The Little Mermaid, The Lure (Córki dancingu) is a daring, surprising work that manages to turn a children’s tale into an adult horror story while preserving its innocence. Set in Poland in the 80’s and featuring several new wave influenced music performances, The Lure centers on 2 mermaids, Gold and Silver, who find a new life as […]

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The Apostate

in Spanish Movies

Directed by Uruguayan filmmaker Federico Veiroj and set in Madrid, The Apostate is a weird little comedy following one man’s attempts to become an apostate, which means abandoning a religion and removing oneself from any church records such as baptism, etc. If I say weird, it’s partly because in today’s society this sounds somewhat like an incongruous waste of time […]

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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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Louder Than Bombs

in Norwegian Movies

After gaining attention on the international film festival circuit with two Norwegian-language works, Reprise (2006) and Oslo, August 31st (2011), Scandinavian filmmaker Joachin Trier is now ready to take over the world with Louder than Bombs, his first English-language effort which is supported by a solid cast including Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects), Isabelle Huppert (Valley Of Love) and Jesse […]

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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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Son Of Saul

in Hungarian Movies

Son of Saul’s opening shot is fixed and blurry. A character walks into the frame, gets closer and becomes focused. From there, the camera will follow him with a long sequence shot. Laszlo Nemes’s first film establishes its marks right away, with rigorous direction, realism and pertinence. The Hungarian filmmaker used an almost documentary-like approach to tackle his difficult, traumatic […]

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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

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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Tale of Tales

in Italian Movies

For his new film, the decidedly surprising filmmaker Matteo Garrone (Gomorra) revisits Neapolitan poet Giambattista Basile’s tales, showing once again he’s not averse to taking risks. Unfortunately, this time around, his ambitions fall short. When watching Tale of Tales, it becomes clear that Mr. Garrone’s intent was to shake a film genre’s foundations:  Here, the princess does not wait to […]

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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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