RogerEbert.com — The Innocents

Veteran French director Anne Fontaine approaches a spiritually and emotionally complex real-life slice of history with deftness and understated drama in “The Innocents,” about a group of nuns who became pregnant after Soviet soldiers raped them at the end of World War II. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

RogerEbert.com — Bang Gang

Bored, privileged French teens get drunk and high and engage in wild orgies after school in “Bang Gang,” the feature debut from writer-director Eva Husson. She creates an intimate, dreamlike portrait of angst and longing. But if you’re a parent watching this, you’ll probably think it’s a nightmare. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

RogerEbert.com — In the Shadow of Women

My first RogerEbert.com review of 2016 is of “In the Shadow of Women,” the latest from French New Wave veteran Philippe Garrel. Given that it’s January, I’d say I lucked out big-time. Garrel may not be saying anything terribly new about infidelity, but he’s saying it in lush black and white and with strong performances. […]

RogerEbert.com — The King and the Mockingbird

This beautiful and beautifully strange animated film, which originally was released in France in 1980, has taken a long and tortured road to reach the United States. It’s a surreal satire of the perils of tyranny, told in twisted fairy tale form. Try and find it if it comes anywhere near you. My RogerEbert.com review. […]

RogerEbert.com — Yves Saint Laurent

The first of two biopics this year about the influential French fashion designer, “Yves Saint Laurent” is visually lush but emotionally shallow. Pierre Niney bears a striking resemblance to the late haute couture powerhouse with his lanky frame and those signature spectacle. But we never get a strong sense of what drove him. My review, […]

RogerEbert.com — Brick Mansions

The last film Paul Walker completed before his death in a November 2013 car crash is an English-language remake of the French action thriller “District B13.” It’s ridiculous, but at least it has the decency to acknowledge that it’s ridiculous. And it’s a solid showcase of Walker’s charisma, agility and strong screen screen presence. He […]

RogerEbert.com — Paris Countdown

“Paris Countdown” is a middle-aged bromance tucked inside a French crime thriller, a slick and brutal B-action picture that finds writer-director Edgar Marie channeling Nicolas Winding Refn channeling early Michael Mann. It all feels familiar but never feels memorable. My Roger Ebert.com review. Read the review here

RogerEbert.com — Capital

Comedian Gad Elmaleh is chilling as the young CEO of a powerful French bank trying to master the various power plays in motion around him. Veteran director Costa-Gavras finds greed may not be as good as it used to be in this financial thriller. My RogerEbert.com review. Read the review here

RogerEbert.com — You Will Be My Son

French director and co-writer Gilles Legrand shows great mastery of tone and pacing in his third feature, which begins life as a domestic drama set at a family-owned vineyard and slowly morphs into a tense thriller. The great Niels Arestrup is a towering force as the world-renowned, egomaniacal winemaker who humiliates his only son at […]