Promises (Les Promesses) – Film Review | Venice 2021

Clémence (Isabelle Huppert) is a soon to be retired mayor of a small, French town outside of Paris. Together with her Chief of Staff, Yazid (Reda Kateb), Clémence is faced with the choice of becoming a Minister in Paris or following the path already set out in front of her. Despite its seemingly uninteresting plot, …

Bloody Oranges – Film Review | Cannes 2021

“The old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters.” ― Antonio Gramsci Alex (Alexandre Steiger) is a lawyer looking to make his way up in the world when he starts working with the corrupt Financial Secretary of France, Stéphane (Christophe Paou), who is trying to change …

AF French Film Festival 2021 – ‘Love Affair(s)’ (Les choses qu’on dit, les choses qu’on fait)

“Love affairs are usually strewn with obstacles and incidents” After a terrible break up, struggling novelist Maxime (Niels Schneider) takes a trip out the country to visit his cousin François (Vincent Macaigne) and his new wife Daphné (Camélia Jordana) and maybe come up with a fresh idea about what to write about. Over the course …

AF French Film Festival Review – ‘Summer of 85’ (Été 85)

François Ozon’s new film ‘Summer of 85’, an adaptation of the novel by Aidan Chambers, is a coming of age story that’s often predictable when exploring the romantic feelings of a boy suddenly crushing on his new friend, before tragedy strikes and capsizing altogether. The 80s aesthetic is incredibly endearing and well established, without ever …

AF French Film Festival 2021 Review – ‘The Man Who Sold His Skin’

But is it art? After a video of his declaration of love is misinterpreted as an act of rebellion against the Syrian government, Sam Ali (Yahya Mahayni) needs to get out of the country. With the aid of his sister he flees to Lebanon to start his new life. After a year of being a …

AF French Film Festival 2021 – ‘Bye Bye Morons’ (Adieu les cons)

SPOILERS AHEAD! Bye Bye Morons is a French comedy-drama that morphs into an unexpected romance-drama. With it’s autumn-coloured grading, cleverly linked dialogue and successful running jokes, writer and director Albert Dupontel creates a heartwarming film that touches on themes of life, death, and love.  The film follows Suze Trappet (Virginie Efira), a 45-year-old hairdresser diagnosed with an …

AF French Film Festival 2021 Review – ‘Black Box’ (Boîte noire)

‘Black Box’ thrillingly takes us deep inside the world of black box analyzing. Like a mysterious puzzle straight out of The Da Vinci Code, this grounded aerospace thriller doesn’t hold back when it comes to revealing the truth behind whistleblowing, corporate conspiracies and how far people are willing to go to cover/uncover the truth. When …

Netflix Review – ‘The Misadventures of Hedi and Cokeman’

The Misadventures of Hedi and Cokeman is a French Harold & Kumar-like film that is unbearably loud and annoying. The unfunny comedy follows unlikeable characters Hedi (Hedi Bouchenafa) and Cokeman (Nassim Lyes), two low-life drug dealers with a friendship as dysfunctional as their own characters, who spend most of their time scamming snobby city kids …

Review – ‘Two of Us

Fresh from scoring a Golden Globes-nomination for Best Motion Picture – International Feature, ‘Two of Us’ (otherwise known as ‘Deux’) has won a series of international awards while cruising the festival circuit. This delicate love story is Filippo Meneghetti’s feature debut, and tells the story of Nina (Barbara Sukowa) and Madeleine (Martine Chevallier). These two …

FIFF2020 Review – ‘Un Triomphe’

In Emmanuel Courcol’s sophomore feature, the French director tells the story of an actor past his prime, who’s asked to give drama lessons to prisoners, but sees potential to go bigger and bolder and attempts to stage “Waiting for Godot.” Based on a true event, ‘The Big Hit’ (aka ‘Un Triomphe’) is set for a …