Céline Dion's life, love and power ballads come to the big screen as "Aline" tops the box office here in France. Film critic Lisa Nesselson tells us why she was charmed and entertained by Valérie Lemercier's take on Quebec's most famous musical export.
Taking aim at the press and those who peddle it, “Lost Illusions” sees Honoré de Balzac settling scores within his sprawling multi-volume epic Comédie Humaine.Director Xavier Giannoli has brought 19th century Paris to life for his film adaptation of the novels, with celebrity, advertising and journalism in the crosshairs. Critic Lisa Nesselson tells us why the movie is as topical as it is entertaining.
In this edition we pay tribute to Jean-Paul Belmondo, a leading figure in French film who's died aged 88. The cool rebel of the New Wave of French cinema shot to international fame in Jean-Luc Godard's revolutionary classic "Breathless". Film critic Lisa Nesselson tells us about her memories of meeting Belmondo.
From the Venice Film Festival, critic Emma Jones speaks to Eve Jackson about the event’s most anticipated movies, including Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana in "Spencer" and Pedro Almodovar's "Parallel Mothers", starring Penelope Cruz. In the studio, critic Lisa Nesselson tells us about two new movies out in French cinemas: "France" with Léa Seydoux and the erotic and mysterious Japanese film "Drive My Car".
Film critic Lisa Nesselson speaks to Eve Jackson about the week's movie news, including Armando Iannucci's adaptation of Charles Dickens's "The Personal History of David Copperfield" for the silver screen, starring Dev Patel. It was intended for movie theatres but starts streaming in France this week on Amazon Prime. We also give our top French film tips, including "Burning Ghost", a strikingly original take on life versus the afterlife, set mostly in Paris's 19th arrondissement, plus Jean Cocteau's "Orpheus", both of which you can watch outside France on MyFrenchFilmFestival.com.
6 Dec 2020
Lisa Nesselson speaks to Eve Jackson about the week's film news, including Jesse Eisenberg's role in "#Resistance", playing the legendary mime star Marcel Marceau who helped thousands of Jews escape the Nazis. They also discuss restored films from 20th century Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu and the online Black Australia Festival, which is devoted to lifting up indigenous voices.
2 Oct 2020
A new documentary, Billie, will delve into the life of jazz great Billie Holiday with the help of hours of never-before-heard interviews. The project is centered around 200 hours of previously unreleased interviews that Linda Lipnack Kuehl conducted during the Sixties for a biography of Holiday that was never finished.
23 Jul 2020
With anti-racist protests erupting in Europe and the United States, Jean-Pascal Zadi and John Wax's film on the particularities of French racism is a timely release. "Tout Simplement Noir" brings together a star-studded cast who manage to find the humour in some serious social questions.
12 Oct 2019
Film show: Why our film critic isn't laughing at 'Joker'
6 Jun 2019
Film show: Aretha Franklin documentary released 50 years after it was filmed.
9 May 2019
Film show: 'The Aftermath', 'Tremors' and 'Coming Out'.
14 Apr 2019
Film show: The best Stephen King adaptation to date?