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By The Grace of God : a powerful dramatization of when the Catholic Church in Lyons condoned abuse.

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  French queer auteur François Ozon is always full of surprises .  His prolific output of films  has ranged from  the very profound and  serious to the outright camp, and never failing to delight even with his less successful films. He changes tack again with his latest movie an  engrossing take on a-ripped-from-the-headlines story that … Continue reading



Don’t Look Down (Haut Perches) : Sex, Love and Grudges

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  Gift wrapped in sex, perversity and symbolism Don’t Look Down tells a simple truth: It’s hard to let go of a grudge because it’s easier to have someone else to blame when love does not go as wished. The film ticks out a countdown like a highly structured piece of conceptual theater. Olivier Ducastel … Continue reading



Road To Love : may not always be straight

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  From 2001 comes this queer tale from French filmmaker Rémi Lange about an Arab sociology student at the Sorbonne in Paris who decides to make a documentary about homosexuality as his class project. Karim (Karim Tarek) lives in the small top floor apartment with his girlfriend Sihem (Sihem Benamoune).  She thinks butter melts in … Continue reading



The Shiny Shrimps : The best thing in speedos between here and Mykonos

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  Let’s get the elephant in the swimming trunks out of the way. The thing stopping this joyful underdog comedy, about a gay water polo team, from becoming a hit is that it is French and subtitled. Somewhere an eagle-eyed film exec is probably about to cash in on an American translation with a known … Continue reading



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