French FF 2012: Un amour de jeunesse

Hansen-Løve’s third feature authentically examines its central relationship (and its aftermath) with bracing honesty, and, at times, a touching warmth. As Olivia, Lola Créton is remarkable: her skilful portrayal conveys the full weight of Olivia’s past. Continue reading French FF 2012: Un amour de jeunesse

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French Film Festival Wrap-up

The fourth annual French Film Festival was held recently in Auckland. Among the films screened were Costa-Gavras’ Eden à L’ouest, which tracks the Odyssean journey of a rootless young man adrift in the world; Ugly Mélanie, a parody/reversal of the immensely popular Amélie in which, Cinderella-style, an ugly duckling is transformed; Caroline Bottaro’s Joueuse, a romantic drama starring Kevin Kline in his first French-speaking role; … Continue reading French Film Festival Wrap-up

Preview: French Film Festival in Auckland

The fourth annual French Film Festival begins in at the Rialto Cinemas in Newmarket on February 10th with what the festival organisers are labelling a “world ‘avant-première’”—the film being shown, Tony Gatlif’s Korkoro (Liberté) will not open in France until February 24th. Gatlif is perhaps best known outside France for Exils, a road movie starring Romain Duris, and his new film follows a Gypsy family—Gatlif … Continue reading Preview: French Film Festival in Auckland