Boys

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  This French made-for-TV movie written and directed by Christophe Charrier is an intriguing tale of two incidents in young Jonas’s life that occured some 18 years apart and that are totally intertwined. When we first see him as a quiet  gameboy-obsessed 16 year old game boy in 1995,  Jonas ( Nicolas Bauwens) obviously has some demons to … Continue reading



The Test of Love aka L’Épreuve d’Amour

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  Marielle’s (Marie-Josée Croze) life for the past 20 years with husband Paul (Fred Testot) and their two teenage children in this sleepy provincial French town has been happy and relatively uneventful.  That is until she leaves work unexpectedly early one day and arrives home to discover her husband dressed in women’s clothes.   Her initial disgust quickly turns to anger … Continue reading



My Life With James Dean

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My Life With James Dean is one of those idiosyncratic French oddball comedies which are very much an acquired taste, which very, fortunately, we absolutely love.  It’s the tale of a  filmmaker Géraud Champreux (Johnny Rasse) who has been invited to a small Northern town by the local film curator to screen his latest indie film.  … Continue reading



Ismael’s Ghosts

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  This latest movie from French auteur Arnaud Desplechin is an indulgent convoluted jumble of an excessive number of conflicting storylines that at times would test the patience of a saint.  It’s art for art’s sake with scant regard for the viewer trying to unravel it and get some semblance of understanding or enjoyment. Ismael (Mathieu Amalric) … Continue reading




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