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Romain Gavras on The World Is Yours: 'It's pretty different to what we usually do in France'

19 Apr 2019

French-Greek director discusses his flamboyant pop-gangster comedy

When Romain Gavras' The World Is Yours played in Cannes last year, the French crowds went wild. 'It was such a pleasure to have such a responsive audience,' reflects Gavras, when we meet in Paris at promo event UniFrance. 'A pop-gangster comedy', as…

The World Is Yours

4 Mar 20194 stars

GFF 2019: Isabelle Adjani and Vincent Cassel excel in this flamboyant European crime caper from Romain Gavras

If you've seen any heist movie, you'll know the score: a crook opts for one final job that'll be his ticket out of the criminal world, and things don't quite go to plan. However, with a wink to the audience, The World Is Yours is more Ocean's Eleven…

Vincent Cassel blasts Hollywood's muscle obsession

1 Aug 2018

Film gossip

Vincent Cassel thinks Hollywood attaches too much importance to muscle. The 51-year-old actor believes that the muscular appearance of an actor often detracts from their actual talents, and he has insisted that creating a "tough" persona is more to…

Vincent Cassel says his energy drives him to play wildcard characters

16 Feb 2017

Film gossip

Vincent Cassel has admitted his energy drives him to play live wire film roles. The 50-year-old film star is renowned for portraying charismatic characters - having starred as nobleman François Toulour in the 'Ocean's' film franchise and played…

Jason Bourne

26 Jul 20164 stars

After a disappointing fourth film without them, director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon return for the most bombastic instalment yet

Jason Bourne is back – and this time you'll understand why. Director Paul Greengrass has reunited with star Matt Damon to bring us the perfect 'soft reboot' of one of the best actioners ever devised…

Vincent Cassel won't push daughters into acting

27 May 2016

Film gossip

Vincent Cassel has admitted he won't push his daughters into acting. While the trade runs in the family - Cassel's father Jean-Pierre Cassel was an actor who starred in an array of films, including 2000's 'The Crimson River'- the star says his eldest…

Mon Roi

23 May 20163 stars

Maïwenn directs a story of troubled lovers, with Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Bercot

A relationship drama turned up to 11, this fourth feature from French actress-turned-director Maïwenn is a high-velocity tale that sets out to deconstruct the undulating nature of a long-term coupling. Seen through the eyes of the already divorced Tony…


4 Jan 20163 stars

Vincent Cassel is as compelling as ever in Ariel Kleiman’s intriguing if frustrating debut

A moody, menacing performance from Vincent Cassel can carry a film a long way. In Australian director Ariel Kleiman’s intriguing feature debut Partisan, the French star is on charismatic form as a cult leader determined to keep the outside world at…

Vincent Cassel 'to play a villain in new Bourne movie'

2 Sep 2015

Film gossip

Vincent Cassel is to play a villain in the new 'Bourne' movie. The 48-year-old star - whose previous film credits include 'Black Swan' and 'La Haine' - will make a rare appearance in a big-budget Hollywood movie, which will mark Matt Damon's return…

Vincent Cassel backs calls for a La Haine sequel

26 May 2015

Film gossip

Vincent Cassel thinks a 'La Haine' sequel "would be the next great movie of Mathieu Kassovitz". The 48-year-old actor - who starred in the ground-breaking 1995 drama - has backed the director to make the eagerly-awaited follow-up film, suggesting the…

Tale of Tales

14 May 20152 stars

Cannes 2015: Eccentric, sprawling fairytale hodgepodge from Matteo Garrone

You cannot accuse Italian director Matteo Garrone of playing it safe. He followed his 2008 international breakthrough crime thriller Gomorrah with an old-fashioned satire of reality television’s fatal attraction in 2012's Reality. Now, he offers a loose…

Child 44

13 Apr 20153 stars

Tom Hardy is at the centre of an ambitious thriller from Daniel Espinosa

'There can be no murder in paradise.' That's the intriguing backbone of both Tom Rob Smith’s 2008 bestseller and this solid adaptation from Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Easy Money), which casts Tom Hardy as Leo Demidov, a battle-hardened member of the…

Monica Bellucci wants to be a 'Bond lady'

23 Feb 2015

Film gossip

Monica Bellucci wants to be called a 'Bond lady'. The 50-year-old actress - who has been cast opposite Daniel Craig, 46, in the latest James Bond movie 'Spectre' - believes women will be thrilled the female lead has gone to an older actress but…

Vincent Cassel joins Child 44

30 Aug 2013

Film gossip

Vincent Cassel has joined the cast of 'Child 44'. The 46-year-old actor - known for his role in 'Trance' - has been signed up as a last-minute replacement for Philip Seymour Hoffman - who dropped out - in Daniel Espinosa's adaptation of Tom Rob…


22 Mar 20134 stars

Vibrant, genre-subverting thriller contains trio of assured performances

Director Danny Boyle has a flair for making vibrant, zeitgeist-capturing films about characters in extreme situations ultimately overcoming the odds – whether it’s an Edinburgh heroin addict in Trainspotting, a teenaged Mumbai orphan accused of cheating…

The Monk director Dominik Moll - interview

26 Apr 2012

The French director discusses his dark and beautiful adaptation of Matthew Lewis’ Gothic horror

'Film has a lot to do with dreams and nightmares,' says Dominik Moll, 'and what I like about making films is that they allow you to show a surface and also what’s underneath. I’m attracted to this double-layer idea.' The German-born French filmmaker…

The Monk

17 Apr 20123 stars

Vincent Cassel stars in Dominik Moll's visually impressive but otherwise inert thriller

(15) 101min It’s been seven years since Dominik Moll’s last film, but the talented filmmaker who made the blackly comic thrillers Harry, He’s Here to Help and Lemming, is back with his most ambitious film yet. Sadly, Moll’s adaptation of Matthew…

Best of 2011: Films

14 Dec 2011

Best films of 2011, including Drive, Neds, A Separation, Black Swan and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy Starring a firmament of male British character actors, this taut, sparse and moody le Carré adaptation, directed by Swede Tomas ‘Let The Right One In’ Alfredson, is an incredibly stylish orange-tinged 70s package (yet not a…

Our Day Will Come - Romain Gavras interview

20 Jun 2011

Provocative debut feature from director of MIA's Born Free furthers redhead theme

From the stage of the Filmhouse on Friday night, Romain Gavras introduces the UK premiere of his debut feature film as a “romantic comedy”. Those who have seen his controversial music video for MIA’s Born Free are not fooled. And shortly, that will be…

Black Swan - A taut psychological backstage thriller

18 Jan 20114 stars

Darren Aronofsky's intense and involving companion piece to The Wrestler

(15) 108min Darren Aronofsky’s follow up to The Wrestler is a similarly intense and involving companion piece. Parallels can be drawn between the struggles of Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson at the end of his working life with the more immediate drama of…

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…

Lights, camera, action - Edinburgh International Film Festival launches programme

14 May 2009

The Edinburgh International Film Festival has launched its much-anticipated line-up boasting 135 features from 33 countries and 23 world premieres. Recent Oscar-winner Kate Winslet is expected to inject some glamour to the proceedings, work schedule…