Tagged with french films

Review: Let the Sunshine In, 2018, dir. Claire Denis

Review: Let the Sunshine In, 2018, dir. Claire Denis


For a movie with such a cheery, upbeat title, Let the Sunshine In is determinedly melancholic. Check the director’s name and that makes sense: Claire Denis doesn’t really make straightforwardly upbeat movies, from Trouble Every Day to White Material, so naturally she’d make a romantic comedy dripping in sadness. But it’s a good kind of sadness founded on a real … Continue reading

Review: Revenge, 2018, dir. Coralie Fargeat

Review: Revenge, 2018, dir. Coralie Fargeat


In the words of Michael David Cummings, everybody needs a little vengeance, especially rape victims, and then especially rape victims left for dead in the desert by their married boyfriend and their boyfriends’ friends (one of whom is the rapist). That’s the set-up for Coralie Fargeat’s excellent debut, Revenge, a French genre exercise that’s as gory and … Continue reading

Review: Mrs. Hyde, 2018, dir. Serge Bozon

Review: Mrs. Hyde, 2018, dir. Serge Bozon


Nothing like watching a weird-ass movie adaptation of one of your favorite books that is nigh-unrecognizable from the book, am I right? I doubt Serge Bozon wants me to be mad about Mrs. Hyde; I doubt he made the movie expecting it’d actually make anyone mad. Without a doubt, though, I can say that the movie did … Continue reading

Review: False Confessions, 2017, dir. Luc Bondy

Review: False Confessions, 2017, dir. Luc Bondy


“What a fun lark,” said my frosted side after watching Luc Bondy’s False Confessions. “Is this sort of story still worth recycling in 2017?” said my whole wheat side while stroking his beard. Maybe I’m being a spoilsport here, but sitting through False Confessions, I couldn’t help but wonder at its basic conceit and whether it’s really … Continue reading

Review: Slack Bay, 2017, dir. Bruno Dumont

Review: Slack Bay, 2017, dir. Bruno Dumont


You know what? Normally I’d write a spiel here, but Slack Bay is kind of hard to give spiel to. It’s weird. It’s fucking weird, even, which is my impolite way of saying that it doesn’t fit easily into any category or genre. Basically, it’s Looney Tunes on France’s northern coast wrapped up in a comedy of manners … Continue reading

Review: Lolo, 2016, dir. Julie Delpy

Review: Lolo, 2016, dir. Julie Delpy


You probably have pretty strict expectations laid aside for any romantic comedy you choose to engage with. You probably assume that any film bearing that oft misjudged appellation will be saccharine and utterly fake. You probably also haven’t seen Lolo, mostly because it has only been in theaters for a couple of weeks and will expand … Continue reading