FRANCE | Leïla Bekhti in the Joachim Lafosse-directed LES INTRANQUILLES (“The Restless”)

A painter, Damien (Damien Bonnard, who appeared in “Les Misérables”), leads a comfortable existence with his wife, Leïla (Leïla Bekhti), who restores antiques, and their young boy. While on vacation, Damien acts oddly, he’s spastic, hungry, sleepless, ready for anything and everything without seeming completely delusional. "LES MISERABLES" (review) Leïla's fallen asleep on the beach. Damien ... more >


CANNES FESTIVAL – Ladj Ly’s “Les Misérables,” the scream of the French inner-city

The film was inspired by the 2005 riots in Paris's suburbs
Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti and Djibril Zonga
Directed by Ladj Ly

Many a filmmaker has shot the inner city, the tough neighborhoods, in order to highlight the plight of the locals. In press documents for “Les Misérables” director Ladj Ly has said, “I hope the President [of France] watches the movie, so he can get a sense for what’s going on here.” Making movies is a personal project, innately, but not all stories are autobiographical. This one is. Ly has ... more >


In Dunkirk, England Wins World War II. Again.

Cooler heads prevailed
Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles and Tom Hardy
Directed by Christopher Nolan

For "Dunkirk" Christopher Nolan cast the puppy-eyed lead singer of One Direction, Harry Styles, as a British soldier during the famed 1940 evacuation. This is entirely appropriate. I say this because the British Army fought World War II with the ferocity of a boy band. I don’t understand why the British feel such a reflex to celebrate it. Here’s a trip down the the pathway of British military ... more >


CANNES FESTIVAL | Alain Guiraudie makes big comeback

Film was produced by Sylvie Pialat
Will compete for the Palme D'Or
Written and directed by Alain Guiraudie

Book author Léo (Damien Bonnard), is conducting research on wolves in the Lozère region of Southern France. It’s hill country, where grassy plateaus are dotted by the occasional rock formation and sheep farms, just like the one Leo encounters on his path, complete the landscape. Leo meets a shepherd by the name of Marie (India Hair). Nine months later, their baby is born. What could possibly ... more >