Tag Archives: France

The Apparition (L’Apparition)

The Catholic Church has a problem. An 18-year-old novice in a small southern French village claims to have seen an apparition of the Virgin Mary several times, and pilgrims are flocking in their hundreds to attend services with her and the local priest, who is

Le Corbeau

A moment on the pen; a lifetime on the soul. Set in a small French village, Le Corbeau is the dark tale of a number of residents who find themselves the target of poison pen letters that condemn their perceived immoral behaviour. The primary target

Wages of Fear

The Wages of Fear is a masterpiece of suspense by director/co-writer Clouzot, which keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat with each bump and turn in the road. It is not hard to see why it won multiple awards, and why, even today,

The Love of a Woman

‘En dix ans, douze millions de beaux bébés pour la France.’ With those words Charles de Gaulle ushered in a new era of French ‘politique nataliste’ in 1945, a system of government incentives and social and religious pressures intended to address the country’s low birth

Spotlight on a Murderer

Whether it’s Agatha Christie or the likes of Law & Order and NCIS commanding TV schedules today, the murder mystery is one of the dominant genres in narrative media. Literally, every conceivable police department has been imagined in every major city, then there are the

Wooden Crosses

Important cinema is a phrase that has evolved throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, in 2015 it has more to do with the message that a film champions or the reputation of the director involved. Sadly, ‘important’ as an adjective has become tantamount to cultural

Journal de France

Titles, trailers and posters, those are the three components that will first meet you when deciding upon whether to watch a film or not. Taking the title as one of the most important articles it turns Journal de France into something of a bust –

Simon Killer

Antonio Campos graduated from the Sundance Alumni with his breakout debut, Afterschool. That set him out as a talent who never shied away from the explicit in modern life; it also gave an early platform to rising star Ezra Miller (We need to talk about