I have worked as a journalist for 24 years both in London, England and now in Paris, France. I was a broadcast journalist for the English service of Radio France Internationale in Paris for 17 years before leaving to set up a blog for French cinema fans everywhere. I also worked as a reviewer of French films for The Hollywood Reporter and was a jury member for the Prix Michel d'Ornano at the Festival of American Films at Deauville. I am passionate about French films, both old and new, and want to share this passion with filmgoers around the globe.

Microbe et Gasoil – Michel Gondry

Audrey Tautou, Ange Dargent, Théophile Baquet in "Microbe et Gasoil" by Michel Gondry. Read and watch the trailer here!

, 28/09/2015 07:00

Cerise – Jérôme Enrico

Cerise is 14 years old going on 24. With her plum-coloured hair, mini-skirt and six inch heels she is already in full rebellion against her single mother Pascale (Olivia Côte) and the world in gene...

, 11/05/2015 08:00

Les Châteaux de Sable – Olivier Jahan

It’s taken director Olivier Jahan 15 years to produce a second full length feature after the award winning Faites Comme Si je n’étais Pas Là (Pretend I’m not here), so is Les Châteaux de Sable wort...

, 04/05/2015 08:00

Journal d’une femme de chambre (Diary of a chambermaid) – Benoît Jacquot

After Jean Renoir in 1946 and Luis Bunel in 1964, it’s down to French director Benoît Jacquot to give Octave Mirabeau’s novel a 21st century twist. Mirabeau wrote his novel in 1900 as an attack on ...

, 27/04/2015 08:00

2014 Top Ten Best French Films

As 2015 gets underway, it’s never too late to look back at the best of French cinema in 2014. Here is French Cinema Review’s 2014 Top 10 French films. It’s a list of my personal favourites. Feel fr...

, 23/02/2015 06:07

Valentin Valentin by Pascal Thomas

The film opens with the discovery of Valentin’s dead body (Vincent Rottiers) in a park in an eastern suburb of Paris. Valentin was living alone in an apartment building filled with an assortment of...

, 11/02/2015 08:42

La Famille Bélier – Eric Lartigau

Eric Lartigau’s La Famille Bélier has barely opened in cinemas in France and is already being hailed as THE French film of 2014. This is a feelgood movie à la française which piles on the schtick i...

, 21/01/2015 08:00

Un Illustre Inconnu (Nobody from Nowhere) – Matthieu Delaporte

For his eagerly awaited follow-up to Le Prénom (What’s in a Name), Matthieu Delaporte completely changes tack by directing an intriguing, dark thriller with the versatile Matthieu Kassovitz in the ...

, 07/01/2015 08:40

Une Nouvelle Amie (The New Girlfriend) – François Ozon

After the award winning Jeune et Jolie, which was in competition for the coveted Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, François Ozon again explores sexuality with the noirish-drama, Une Nouv...

, 17/11/2014 16:07

Bande de Filles – Céline Sciamma

Widely praised at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Céline Sciamma’s Bande de Filles lives up to expectations with an emotionally-charged, vibrant tale of four young women living in one of France’s...

, 14/11/2014 15:29
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