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Les Bien-Aimés

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Christophe Honoré, France, 2011, 139 mins, 2.35:1
Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Ludivine Sagnier, Louis Garrel, Milos Forman, Paul Schneider, Rasha Bukvic, Michel Delpech, Omar Ben Sellen
French Theatrical Release: 24 August 2011, Le Pacte
Review by Noel Megahey
Returning for his latest film to the director’s now familiar style of the modern Parisian street musical – developed […]

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Après le Sud

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Jean-Jacques Jauffret, France, 2011, 92 mins, 2.35:1

Adèle Haenel, Sylvie Lachat, Ulysse Grosjean, Yves Ruellan, Julien Bodet, Isalinde Giovangigli

French Theatrical Release: 12 October 2011, Jour2fête

Review by Noel Megahey
You don’t need to look much further than the poster for Jean-Jacques Jauffret’s debut feature to determine that the build up of scenes in each of the various episodes […]

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The Artist

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Michel Hazanavicius, France, 2011, 100 mins, 1.33:1
Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Missi Pyle, Beth Grant, Joel Murray, Malcolm McDowell, Ed Lauter
French Theatrical Release: 12 October 2011, Warner Bros. France
Review by Noel Megahey
The highest praise I can make for The Artist is that it’s only when you reflect afterwards on […]

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Valérie Donzelli, France, 2011, 100 mins, 2.35:1
Valérie Donzelli, Jérémie Elkaïm, César Desseix, Gabriel Elkaïm, Brigitte Sy, Elina Löwensohn, Michèle Moretti, Philippe Laudenbach, Bastien Bouillon, Béatrice de Staë
French Theatrical Release: 31 August 2011, Wild Bunch Distribution
Review by Noel Megahey
Drawn from her own experience of dealing with the news that her young three-year old son was […]

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Hors Satan

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Bruno Dumont, France, 2011, 109 mins, 2.35:1
David Dewaele, Alexandra Lematre, Valérie Mestdagh, Sonia Barthelemy, Juliette Bacquet, Christophe Bon, Dominique Caffier, Aurore Broutin
French Theatrical Release: 19 October 2011, Pyramide Distribution
Review by Noel Megahey
You would think that by now Bruno Dumont has said all he has to say about the people and the land of the north […]

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De bon matin

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Jean-Marc Matout, France, 2010, 91 mins, 2.35:1
Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Valérie Dréville, Xavier Beauvois, Yannick Renier, Laurent Delbecque, Aladin Reibel, François Chattot, Nelly Antignac, Pierre Aussedat, Ralph Amoussou
French Theatrical Release: 5 October 2011, Les Films du Losange
Review by Noel Megahey
What drives a man, working in the financial sector, to go to the office one morning and shoot […]

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Cinémoi - August 2011 round-up

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

In addition to some more classic Jean Gabin and the Blier/Depardieu work premiered last month, August on Cinémoi saw some gritty crime drama from the working classes in the provinces, and, in complete contrast, a colourful musical about AIDS. (Noel Megahey).
Le jour se lève - Marcel Carné, 1939

There’s a fabulously brooding, fatalistic noir tone to […]

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Beautiful Lies (De vrais mensonges)

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Pierre Salvadori, France, 2009, 104 mins, 1.85:1
Audrey Tautou, Nathalie Baye, Sami Bouajila, Stéphanie Lagarde, Judith Chemla, Cécile Boland, Didier Brice, Daniel Duval
UK Theatrical Release: 12 August 2011, Pathé
Review by Noel Megahey
From the moment the film opens, there’s no doubt about it that Beautiful Lies is firmly in romantic comedy territory.  Timid handyman, Jean (Sami Bouajila) […]

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Jean Gabin, Godfather of French Cinema

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Cinémoi, the UK’s first and only channel dedicated to French film, dedicate a special season to Jean Gabin in September in association with Chez Gérard.
“In almost 100 films from the early 1930s to the late 1970s, Gabin built an unparalleled career and unique screen image, as a much loved star and mythical vision of Frenchness. […]

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The Big Picture

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Eric Lartigau, France, 2010, 114 mins, 2.35:1
Romain Duris, Marina Foïs, Niels Arestrup, Branka Katic, Catherine Deneuve, Eric Ruf, Enzo Caçote, Luka Antic
UK Theatrical Release: 22 July 2011, Artificial Eye
Review by Noel Megahey
An adaptation of US author Douglas Kennedy’s thriller, The Big Picture is Eric Lartigau’s first feature in the drama genre, having previously been known […]

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