Cécile De France

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11 Jul 20163 stars

Cécile De France stars in a sympathetic yet predictable romance from Catherine Corsini

Veteran director Catherine Corsini balances the personal with the political in her engaging autobiographical romance Summertime (La Belle Saison). She invites a warm nostalgia for 1970s France and a time, under the presidency of Georges Pompidou, when…

Chinese Puzzle

4 Jun 20143 stars

Third instalment in series is as slick, fun and ultimately insubstantial as its predecessors

The third in French writer/director Cédric Klapisch’s occasional series of films following the life and loves of writer Xavier (Romain Duris) continues on from Pot Luck (2002) and Russian Dolls (2006), and is as slick, fun and ultimately insubstantial…

The Kid with a Bike

28 Feb 20125 stars

Naturalistic storytelling from the Dardenne brothers, starring Cecile de France and Thomas Doret

(12A) 87min The Dardenne brothers’ latest film is one of their very best – the story of the relationship between a young boy Cyril (Thomas Doret), recently taken into foster care, and local hairdresser Samantha (Cecile de France). The two meet by…

GFF 2012 - Kid With a Bike and On The Ice

20 Feb 2012

Dardennes brothers film strikes a chord but Inuit thriller fails to excite

Before the Film Festival began, when talking to people about highlights, one of the picks that kept coming up was the Dardennes brothers' Kid With a Bike. The Dardennes (Jean-Pierre and Luc) are the Belgian filmmaking pair responsible for La Promesse…

Hereafter - A load of sentimental hogwash despite strong Matt Damon performance

18 Jan 20112 stars

Clint Eastwood-directed, Peter Morgan-written intertwining tale

(12A) 129min Matt Damon brings his earnest charm to bear as George Lonegan, a shy medium whose gift for contacting the dead destroys any chance of romance. After his relationship flops with Melanie (Bryce Dallas Howard) and he’s made redundant from…

Mesrine: Killer Instinct (l’Instinct de Mort)

30 Jul 20094 stars

Tracing a line from Mesrine’s disillusioning military service during the Algerian war to the beginning of his notoriety in 1972 (when he graduated to murder), the first instalment of this epic crime tale is derivative, energetic and hugely…

Orchestra Seats

12 Feb 20072 stars

‘A comedy about people who are suffering’, is how director and co-writer Danièle Thompson describes Orchestra Seats. In fact, this predictable slice of middlebrow entertainment resembles a Gallic Love Actually. Set in and around Paris’ prestigious…