Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2018
Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2018
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Nick Dent is the Film Editor and Special Projects Director at Time Out Australia.
For five years he was the Sunday film critic at News Ltd newspapers nationally.

DOUBLE LOVER – L'AMANT DOUBLE

"François Ozon is a filmmaker who delivers one of the things we love most about French cinema – effortless eroticism. His new film is about a former model, Chloé (Marine Vacth, who starred in Ozon's Young and Beautiful) who suffers mysterious stomach pains and crippling ennui. She consults a therapist, Paul (Jérémie Renier), and falls in love with him, but their romance is complicated by the presence of a malevolent identical twin.
The movie is equal parts Hitchcock and David Cronenberg, with the dash of Ozon’s typical naughtiness. Jacqueline Bisset, who was a movie sex symbol of the 1970s, turns up late in the movie playing a key role."

SEE YOU UP THERE – AU REVOIR LÀ-HAUT

"At the end of the carnage of World War I, a sadistic lieutenant (Laurent Lafitte) orders his men to make one more pointless charge against the enemy. In the chaos, a humble bookkeeper, Albert Maillard (Albert Dupontel) has his life saved by a sensitive artist, Edouard Péricoult (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart), who loses his jaw in the process. After the war the two team up to pull an artistic scam.
Actor and filmmaker Albert Dupontel has made a bittersweet comedy adapted from Pierre Lemaitre's novel The Great Swindle. Celebrating the birth of artistic modernism in response to the horror of war, it's delightful melodrama that is also a visual love letter to Paris in the 1920s."

THE RETURN OF THE HERO – LE RETOUR DU HÉROS

"This period romcom is perfectly modulated for the talents of Jean Dujardin, the Oscar-winning star of The Artist. Again playing a handsome pretender, Dujardin stars as a Napoleonic-era Lothario, Captain Neuville, who fails to write to his new fiancée, Pauline, so Pauline's older sister Elisabeth (Mélanie Laurent, Inglourious Basterds) steps in, Cyrano-like, to invent his letters from the front. When Neuville returns to town in disgrace, Elisabeth must do some fast rewriting.
There are shades of Pride and Prejudice in the latest film from writer-director Laurent Tirard (The Story of My Life, Molière), not least in the naming of its heroine, and the film is a delight from start to finish."

BLOODY MILK – PETIT PAYSAN

"France's dairy industry is as highly regarded as its wine and fashion trades, so what happens when a bovine disease sweeps across Europe?
This gripping rural thriller, which played at Critics' Week in Cannes, centres on a young farmer, Pierre (Swann Arlaud), who obsessively tends to his herd of cows. When he suspects one of the animals has the dreaded dorsal hemorrhagic fever he does everything he can to cover it up. But there are systems in place to ensure that a cow cannot simply go missing, and the unfolding events take on the uncanny quality of a tale of murder."

LET THE SUNSHINE IN – UN BEAU SOLEIL INTÉRIEUR

"The new film by Claire Denis (Beau Travail) is an incredibly intimate portrayal of loneliness. Juliette Binoche plays Isabelle, a middle-aged artist looking for love in Paris, who bounces between men who don’t deserve her, including a caddish, married banker (Xavier Beauvois) and a tentative actor (Nicolas Duvauchelle).
The film is full of frank conversations between Binoche and various friends played by the likes of Josiane Balasko and Bruno Podalydès, and Gerard Depardieu appears at the end of the film as a therapist/clairvoyant. It's not for everyone, but fans of Binoche and Gallic philosophising will love it.”

 

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