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Entries Tagged as 'France'

Joyeux Noel (2005) PG-13 1h 56min

April 9th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Joyeux Noel (2005)

“Joyeux Noël” (”Merry Christmas” (UK/US title) or “Happy Christmas”) is a drama set in 1914 during World War I and is inspired by a true story. The film is an international project involving people and locations from France, Germany, UK, Romania and [...]

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Tags: Belgium · Classic Films · DVD · Drama · Epics/Historical · Foreign · France · Germany · Movies · Romania · UK · War

Taken (2008) PG-13 93min

January 31st, 2009 · 3 Comments

Taken (2008)

This action thriller is directed by Pierre Morel, who is mostly known for his work as cinematographer (War (2007), Love and other disasters (2006), The Transporter (2002)). Of course, a French director could not make an action movie without the best French [...]

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Tags: Action · Crime/Gangster · Drama · Foreign · France · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense

Frost/Nixon (2008) R 122min

January 25th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Frost/Nixon (2008)

A great movie by Oscar-winning director and producer Ron Howard (Changeling (2008), The Da Vinci Code (2006), Cindirella Man (2005), A Beautiful Mind (2001), How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)) starring Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Sam Rockwell and Kevin Bacon based on the [...]

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Tags: Biographical · Drama · Epics/Historical · Foreign · France · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · UK · USA

Persepolis (2007) PG-13 138min

September 18th, 2008 · No Comments

Persepolis (2007)

Persepolis is a political film describing life in Iran over the past 40 years in the form of… animated story.
The plot: Marjane Satrapi, director and writer of the movie, uses the comic and now the cartoon to tell the story of her [...]

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Tags: Animation · Black and White · DVD · Drama · France · Movies

Review: Paris, je t’aime (2006) R 120min

June 17th, 2008 · No Comments

Paris, je t’aime (2006) R 120min

18 directors and writers combine their short stories into a collage declaring their love for Paris, a beautiful capital known as ”the city of love”. It stars many famous and wonderful French and American actors, including, but not limited to [...]

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Tags: Cult Films · Drama · Foreign · France · Liechtenstein · Movies · Romance · Switzerland

Review of “Son of Rambow” (2007) PG-13 96min

May 24th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Son of Rambow (2007)

“Son of Rambow” is a British comedy/drama written and directed by Garth Jennings, the man behind the underappreciated The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (2005).
The plot: Summer of 1982 (we know that because the title of the movie refers to [...]

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Tags: Comedy · Drama · Foreign · France · Germany · Movies · UK

Review of “Aristide and the Endless Revolution” (2005) NR 84min

May 7th, 2008 · 1 Comment

This documentary directed by Nicolas Rossier examines the oft-suppressed story of the 2004 coup d’etat in Haiti. Only an hour south of Miami, the elected president of the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation, Jean Bertrand Aristide, has twice been forced from office with complicity [...]

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Tags: Biographical · DVD · Documentary · Foreign · France · Movies

Review of “La Môme” (2007) PG-13 2h 20min

February 27th, 2008 · No Comments

I got the DVD for La Môme (it’s released in USA under the title La vie en rose) from Netflix a few days before the Oscars but haven’t seen it until after. Needless to say, I was anxious to finally see it after [...]

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Tags: Biographical · Czech Republic · DVD · Drama · Foreign · France · Movies · Musicals · UK

Review of “Atonement” (2007) R 122min

January 6th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Christopher Hampton based his screenplay on the novel by Ian McEwan, and Joe Wright directed.
Joe Wright is a very talented director. In 2007 Joe became youngest director presenting at Venice Film Festival. At 34 years old he was already famous as director of [...]

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Tags: Drama · Epics/Historical · Foreign · France · Movies · Romance · UK · War

Review of “Mr. Bean’s Holiday” (2007) G 90min

December 6th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Mr. Bean’s Holiday (2007)

The plot: Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) wins a trip to France in his church’s ruffle. On the way from Paris to Cannes he manages to miss his train, separate Russian boy Stepan (Max Baldry) from his father, film director Emil [...]

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Tags: Comedy · Foreign · France · Germany · UK

La Petite Jérusalem (2005) 96min

October 2nd, 2007 · No Comments

This is a beautiful and gentle drama that looks at several issues that are as old as the World itself. The first one is “Romeo and Juliet” story of love across borders of the clans, or religious borders in this case. The second is even older: can people be rational or logical about things like love and god. The third issue is how can people achieve freedom: by renouncing the law or by following it religiously.

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Foreign · France · Movies

La Chèvre (1981)

September 18th, 2007 · No Comments

“Knock on Wood” is the American title of this excellent French classic – a comedy directed by Msr. Francis Veber and starring great comedian Pierre Richard and famous Gérard Depardieu. I have not seen it since the 80s when it was in theatres and [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Comedy · DVD · Foreign · France · Movies

Delicatessen (1991)

August 13th, 2007 · No Comments

Delicatessen (1991)

This movie is directed by Jean-Pierre Jeonet, same guy who directed “Le Fabuleux destin d’Amelie Poulain” (aka “Amelie” in US release), which was so big in Europe and which I love so much. So I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that [...]

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Tags: Comedy · Cult Films · DVD · Dark comedy · Film Noir · Foreign · France · Movies