French author Delphine de Vigan is very successful at setting up an original mystery, but she gets bogged down in overly literary reflections.
10 Aug 2017
The Bonjour Effect is too closely tailored to North American sensitivities to properly connect with French conversation culture.
25 Jul 2017
Behind a veneer of youthful glamour, the Euro all but groaned under the weight of excess global capital, merciless media scrutiny, hyperprofessionalization, domestic French anxieties, and geopolitics.
24 Jan 2017
The protagonist in Patrick Modiano's Villa Triste is a monomaniacal flâneur in world shrunk to a few predictable details.
09 May 2016
Although there's not much new in its' story, the way that director Cédric Jimenez balances formal style and emotional substance makes The Connection a worthwhile watch.
06 Oct 2015
The fundamentalist atheism and myopic intellectualism of Woody Allen's latest depiction of an older man/younger woman dynamic makes it a pale imitation of his best work.
04 Dec 2014
The French electronic project helmed by Simon Delacroix, the Toxic Avenger, has a new LP out on June 10th entitled Romance and Cigarettes.
06 Jun 2014
What Blue is the Warmest Color demands of its viewers is to stop looking and start sensing, start engaging with cinema with all five senses.
13 Apr 2014
Philip Short's book is a masterfully written, sweeping narrative of Mitterrand’s life with decisive, revealing anecdotes and a meticulous chronicling of fact that is remarkable enough to be fiction.
03 Apr 2014
Algerian Chronicles is a stirring and lasting work of moral conviction. Camus illustrates the impossible challenge of pursuing justice in a conflict marked by heinous crimes.
04 Jun 2013
One of television's most beautiful shows -- like Game of Thrones but with 100% more Popes -- explores the idea of historical fiction in its occasionally stunning second season, with a finalé for the ages.
26 Mar 2013
Are women forgoing motherhood because they're afraid they'll fall short of the ideal of the "good mother"? Badinter makes an occasionally convincing if myopic case for that, but frankly, I hope not.
03 May 2012
Werner Herzog finds a way to speculate on spiritual matters and remain genuine while making theoretical leaps.
06 Dec 2011
In Rose Tremain's new novel about two pairs of siblings battling over past injustices and a stone farmhouse in the south of France, misery loves company to a fault.
07 Oct 2010
In these stories about the French before and during WWII, Némirovsky abjures commentary and merely observes the way that human beings go about their petty and ever-disappointing daily business. Thus, her writing is especially cruel.
08 Aug 2010
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