Les Fantômes d’Ismaël

Hitchcock, Bergman, Truffaut? Non!

May 24, 2017 | Drama | By Heidi Ellison

The popular French film director Arnaud Desplechin is back with a new movie, Les Fantômes d’Ismaël (Ismael’s Ghosts), which opened this year’s Cannes Film Festival. This is another one of the director’s sprawling, apparently autobiographical, angst-ridden psychodramas, so sprawling that … Read More


Backstage at the Opera (And the Ballet)

April 12, 2017 | Documentary | By Heidi Ellison

The Opéra National de Paris is a big, unwieldy machine that encompasses not only the French national opera company but also the national ballet. Jean-Stéphane Bron’s new documentary, L’Opéra, like Frederick Wiseman’s recent documentary on the National Gallery in London, … Read More


American Touch for French Comedy

September 21, 2016 | Comedy | By Heidi Ellison

Director Justine Triet admits that for her third film, Victoria, she set out to make an American-style comedy. Being French, however, she chose as her chuckle-generator the subject of depression, not everyone’s idea of a barrel of laughs. But what … Read More

Rosalie Blum

The Stalker Stalked

April 6, 2016 | Comedy | By Heidi Ellison

Rosalie Blum, the directorial debut of screenwriter Julien Rappeneau, is a feel-good film in the tradition of Amélie, with its quirky storyline and many twists and turns of plot. Those twists and turns make it difficult to write about it … Read More