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

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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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The Angels’ Share

The Angels’ Share

in British Movies

Ken Loach’s filmmography is quite contrasted, the British director usually alternating between heavy fares and light comedies, like if he was trying to breathe some air into his tense body of work. Whether his movies tackle politics –The Wind That Shakes the Barley – or social struggles– Sweet Sixteen – his films always brush a gritty portrait of a British […]

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Beyond the Hills

Beyond the Hills

in Romanian Movies

Following 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days, which had been crowned with a Golden Palm at the Cannes film festival, Romanian director Cristian Mungiu is back with his much-anticipated new feature. While his new story is as strong as in his previous film, which dealt with illegal abortion, the only similarity between those 2 movies is the presence of […]

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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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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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Summer Games

Summer Games

in Italian Movies

For his 4th film, Swiss Italian writer director Rolando Colla follows the adventures of a group of kids discovering freedom and love while vacationing in a camping.  Summer Games centers on two kids: Nic, a 12-year old boy whose mother and abusive father are trying to work things out one last time and Marie, a teenage girl desperately looking for […]

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Paradise: Love

Paradise: Love

in Austrian movies

The first chapter of an acerb trilogy, Paradise: Love proves to be quite an ironical title as the film focuses on doomed relationships. Following the adventures of a group of Austrian women vacationing in Kenya, this movie explores one again the business of sex, which was already the theme of director Ulrich Seidl’s previous entry Import / Export. The first […]

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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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