Alliance Francaise French Film Festival

Alliance Française French Film Festival Review: The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir is indeed an extraordinary journey

March 21, 2019

If Love, Actually had a child with Around the World in Eighty Days, The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir would be that child. It throws its trickster and street magician protagonist Aja (Dhanush) into a chain of unexpected adventures. He meets a diverse group of people from a celebrity to mobster-like big guys to a swindling cab […]

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Alliance Française French Film Festival Review: Jean-Paul Gaultier: Freak & Chic (France, 2019) is no regular Jean’s parade of weird oddities

March 9, 2019

Models are cool people. Beautiful glamazons. You don’t think of them as freaks unless you’re Jean Paul Gaultier. The French designer dedicated an entire show to just this. Freak & Chic is a feature documentary that shows us this crazy world, as well as the hard work and creativity that went into shaping this wild […]

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Alliance Française French Film Festival Review: Wine Calling (France, 2018) toasts France’s organic wine industry

March 2, 2019

It is not uncommon to see reviewers describe a film as “Like a love letter” to something. In the case of French documentary, Wine Calling this is also true, but given the subject matter a toast seems more appropriate. This film is a deep dive into the worlds inhabited by a group of passionate and […]

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Alliance Francaise French Film Festival Review: Double Lover is a surreal, sensuous and salacious experience

March 6, 2018

There are two pleasures in life that without them, we living things would never exist: gastronomy and sexuality. And there are many talented people out there that try their best to portray their interest for it on many artistic endeavours, especially in cinema. Such talented auteurs out there are Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct, The Third […]

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AF Film Review: Four Days in France (France, 2016) is all in the name

March 4, 2018

Four Days in France really is about four days outside of Paris. Since Pierre (Pascal Cervo) has floored it out of the city into a freeway odyssey, with no change of clothes and no clear destination, he is relying on other gay men for somewhere to sleep and just pass the time. He finds young, […]

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Alliance Francaise French Film Festival Review: The Workshop (L’Atelier) isolation becomes xenophobia

March 3, 2018

Laurent Cantet’s The Workshop is the product of creative introspection, a film that reflects on the subtexts of creating a contentious political thriller, while forwarding a narrative that takes its own advice. It’s a tense and insightful film from the Palme d’Or winner that snowballs radical tensions, while offering audiences a window to Cantet’s writing […]

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Alliance Française French Film Festival Review: Rock’n Roll (France, 2017) is an uneven mockumentary dripping in silliness & excess

February 27, 2018

Rock’ n Roll is a film that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The same can also be said about the film’s star, writer and director, Guillaume Canet. The result is an uneven French comedy and a satire that examines the worst of Hollywood and show business ego, and while it deserves points for originality, the […]

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Alliance Française French Film Festival Review: Rodin (France, 2017) is a dull & inert bio-pic

February 27, 2018

Auguste Rodin was a renowned French sculptor who produced works like “The Thinker” and “The Kiss”. Some people even declare this artist a genius. But the same cannot be said about his eponymous bio-pic. This French film manages to make this famous man’s life seem so hollow and pedestrian that there is more life emanating […]

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AF French Film Festival Review: A Woman’s Life (France/Belgium, 2016) is a melancholy look into a past patriarchal life

March 26, 2017

A dark, moving yet warming adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s classic novel Une vie is eloquently created in to a period arthouse picture by director Stéphane Brizé (The Measure of a Man), as a young woman comes to grasp the turmoil that unfolds around her in 19th-century France. The aesthetic of the film is created perfectly by […]

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AF French Film Festival Review: Monsieur Chocolat (France, 2016) is an emotional ride that leaves you in deep contemplation

March 19, 2017

Breathtaking and magical, Monsieur Chocolat (directed by Roschdy Zem) is one to watch if you want to experience a Parisian night. Immerse yourself in the world of 19th-century French circus and follow the biopic story of Chocolat (Omar Sy). He journeys from a performer acting as the “cannibal” to a more respected position as a […]

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AF French Film Festival Review: Daguerrotype (France, Belgium, 2016) has its flaws, but creates the perfect eerie atmosphere

March 12, 2017

Best known for his contribution to Japanese horror, director Kiyoshi Kurosawa brings an interesting take on a ghost story. Daguerrotype (Le Secret de la Chambre Noire) follows a Parisian named Jean (Tahar Rahim) who is hired to be an assistant to the elusive photographer Stéphane (Olivier Gourmet). With Jean’s help, they create heart-stopping daguerreotypes, an old form of permanent […]

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Interview: Planetarium director Rebecca Zlotowski discusses her unique foreign film and how an Oscar winner came to be involved

March 11, 2017

As the 28th annual Alliance Francaise French Film Festival makes its way across the major Australian states through March and April, the toast of French cinema will be at the ready for audiences seeking a sense of European style.  One film sure to hold interest throughout the festival is Planetarium, a lush pre-war drama starring […]

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Win a double pass to the Alliance Française French Film Festival in your city

February 21, 2017

The 2017 Alliance Française French Film Festival is enjoying its 28th anniversary this year, and to celebrate we have TEN double, single session passes (valid nationally) on offer. Featuring a fabulous line-up of 45 films, the Festival showcases the very best of contemporary French Cinema and will screen at Palace Cinemas around Australian from March […]

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Alliance Française French Film Festival announces dates for its return in 2017

December 23, 2016

Coming back for its 28th season, Alliance Française French Film Festival will be returning to Palace Cinemas in 2017 throughout the Autumn months of March and April. The festival will offer a broad range of films and documentaries among the French Film industry as a way to celebrate the talent for those on-and-off camera. Alliance Française French […]

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Alliance Francaise French Film Festival Review: Saint Laurent (MA15, France, 2014)

March 23, 2015

Late in the film, iconic fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent is rumoured to have died. A few opportunistic journalists decide to get a head­start on the obituary. They discuss their angle: take it easy on the drugs, alcohol. They agree he was a visionary, that he transformed fashion. They say they ‘liked’ him. Maybe they mean ‘admired’, since […]

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Alliance Francaise French Film Festival Review: Sex, Love and Therapy (Tu veux… ou tu veux pas?) (France, 2014)

March 23, 2015

Sex, Love & Therapy (Tu veux… ou tu veux pas?) contains about as much insight and laughs regarding love as a garden hose and a bread basket. This French rom-com is a superficial tale about a sex-obsessed man and woman who have to work together. It’s a complicated romantic situation but the script is simple […]

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Alliance Francaise French Film Festival Review: The New Girlfriend (R18+, France, 2014)

March 22, 2015

Claire (Anaïs Demoustier) and Laura’s (Isild Le Besco) friendship is not that unique. Having met when they were young, they had grown up together, and forged a relationship that would see them through school, first love, first heartbreak, marriage and children. Their friendship is like any between two women who grew up together as little girls. When Laura dies […]

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