“Courted,” (“L’Hermine”), TRIBECA

"Courted" got nominated thrice for France's César
Fabrice Luchini, Sidse Babett Knudsen and Eva Lallier
Directed by Christian Vincent

I’m not too fond of the English title for Christian Vincent’s new courtroom drama. “Courted” sounds too much like a smarmy romantic comedy, emphasizing the idea of courtship and love. While there is certainly a romantic subplot in “Courted”, it it only a small piece of the film’s puzzle. Its original French title is much more appropriate: "L’Hermine." Translated into English, it means “ermine,” ... more >

NEXT MONTH | Francois Ozon’s new “In the House”

French pic opens April 19th in limited markets

A sixteen year-old boy, Claude, (Ernst Unhauer) gradually insinuates himself into the house of a fellow high-school student, Rapha, (Bastien Ughetto) and writes about his family in essays that perversely blur the lines between reality and fiction for his jaded literature teacher, Germain (the exceptional French actor Fabrice Luchini). Intrigued by this gifted and unusual student, Germain ... more >

Big French win at San Sebastian Fest

François Ozon win caps fest's anniversary edition

French film director François Ozon won the Golden Shell for Best Picture at the 60th San Sebastian Film Festival during a ceremony on Saturday for his film “In the house.” [François Ozon directed "The Swimming Pool" and more recently "Potiche," both of which are on Netflix] In his film, which was loosely adapted from a play by Spanish playwright Juan Mayorga, actor Fabrice Luchini ("The ... more >


Legendary actress Catherine Deneuve shines very brightly
Catherine Deneuve, Jérémie Régnier and Gérard Depardieu
Directed by François Ozon

French actress Catherine Deneuve has never been terribly hip, thank God, but she has been consistent in popping up on the big screen year in and year out. But her career did go through a period of slouching as Deneuve seemed to be lining up one uninspiring movie role after another in the last decade. There were some courageous choices, such as Je Veux Voir, a documentary in which she travels to ... more >