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Anne Sophie Lapix, Jacqueline Bisset and Gerard Lanvin - British actress Jacqueline Bisset attends the premiere of Bon Retablissement during the Champs-Élysées Film Festival, Paris - Paris, France - Monday 16th June 2014

Anne Sophie Lapix, Jacqueline Bisset and Gerard Lanvin
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Point Blank [A Bout Portant] Review


Excellent
Lean and fierce, this French thriller wastes no time getting our adrenaline pumping. It throws us straight into a frantic situation and continually asks us what we'd be willing to do to survive.

Samuel (Lellouche) is a hospital orderly trying to become a qualified nurse just as his wife Nadia (Anaya) has been bed-bound in her last months of pregnancy. Then Hugo (Zem) arrives in the emergency room after a road crash, and everything changes. Nadia is kidnapped, and Samuel finds himself in the middle of a war between criminal thugs and a dirty cop (Lanvin). And the one detective (Perrier) who's trustworthy thinks Samuel's involved in a murder. At this point Samuel realises it's useless to clear his name; he just needs to rescue Nadia.

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Mesrine: Public Enemy No 1 Review


Excellent
Picking up where Killer Instinct left off, this second part of the biopic has a 1970s style, with grittier edges and darker violence. But it takes the same anecdotal approach, never quite letting us in.

In 1973, rampant criminal Jacques Mesrine (Cassel) has finally been captured by the cops but stages a daring courtroom escape with the help of his pal Charlie (Lanvin). He's soon back to his bank-robbing, executive-kidnapping ways, taunting the tenacious detective Broussard (Gourmet) even when he's arrested.

In prison he concocts an elaborate escape with fellow inmate Besse (Amalric), and the two go on another brazen crime-spree, meeting Mesrine's next wife Sylvie (Sagnier) along the way. But as Mesrine adopts the politics of Germany's Baader-Meinhof gang, the cops are closing in.

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Mon Homme Review


OK
Hooker befriends homeless man one night, and figures she'll take him home, bang him rotten, clean him up, and make him her pimp. Ah yes, only in France. The story only gets more surreal from there, with the pimp recruiting other women, sleeping around, and soon enough getting busted. Then two of said hookers get together and approach a kid in a coffee shop to sire their children. Blistering with relevance on modern life, no? Notable for its Barry White soundtrack.

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The Taste Of Others Review


Excellent
In The Taste of Others, a wealthy suburban businessman named Castella gets infatuated with a theatrical actress and becomes a frequent visitor of her bohemian circle of friends. The premise might not be very original but the delicious twist of the story is that it is not so much about Castella's pursuit as it is about how different social strata are formed and how they intersect with one another.

Castella (Jean-Pierre Bacri) and his wife have to attend a local stage production of Bérénice, in which their daughter plays a small part. They don't care for the theatre and can't understand the verse, but, to Castella's own surprise, he finds himself unusually moved by a leading actress Clara. The charming point here is that Clara isn't a young aspiring theatrical diva but an aging, harried, and often unemployed actress from a small provincial theatre. Castella, however, doesn't see her that way: For him, she brings into his dispassionate routine the whiff of a free-spirited life including cozy, drunken late-night talks and vibrant gallery gatherings. Through happenstance, Castella's new business arrangement requires him to learn English, and Clara (Anne Alvaro) becomes his teacher.

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The Taste Of Others Review


Good

Romantic frustration is the common thread that ties together a piquant assembly of interconnected but quite divergent lives in "The Taste of Others," a deft, distinctive and personal multi-character dramedy from France.

Nominated for nine César Awards and this year's Best Foreign Film Oscar, this simple yet manifold film was co-written and directed by a César favorite, actress-screenwriter Agnés Jaoui, who also plays a pivotal role in the film as a bartender at the pub where all the film's stories converge.

Although it is a balanced and equally penetrating ensemble piece, if "The Taste of Others" has a primary character, it would be Castella (Jean-Pierre Barci, Jaoui's husband), an irritable middle-aged businessman in the manufacturing trade whose business negotiations with an Iranian company have forced several changes into his static life. His insurance company has insisted he hire a bodyguard and he's reluctantly agreed to take English lessons so he can more effectively communicate with his international partners.

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Point Blank [A Bout Portant] Movie Review

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Mesrine: Public Enemy No 1 Movie Review

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Picking up where Killer Instinct left off, this second part of the biopic has a...

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The Taste of Others Movie Review

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