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Review: Les Intouchables

By on Aug 13, 2014 in Films | 0 comments

French cinema is having something of a renaissance, with films sweeping across the channel attracting a global audience. Les Intouchables raises the bar even higher, breaking box-office records set by previous smashes such as ‘Amelie’ and ‘The Chorus’. A laugh-out-loud comedy, and a touching, original story, watch it before Hollywood gets their hands on the rights. Language: French Running Time: 112 minutes Director: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano Starring: François Cluzet, Omar Sy Genre: Comedy Drama Rating: 4 stars The Film Philippe (Cluzet), is a multi-millionaire Parisian with a short temper and a love of classical music and pretentious art. He is also a quadriplegic, confined to a state-of-the-art wheelchair. Driss (Sy), is a French-African born into the slums of Paris, where drugs and violence are a way of life. They form an unlikely partnership when Driss...

An Amelie Tour of Paris

By on Jun 27, 2014 in Europe, Films, Travel | 4 comments

Thirteen years ago, an off-beat French film captured the hearts and imaginations of people all over the world and propelled Audrey Tatou to stardom. Le Fableux Destin d’Amelie Poulain remains an iconic Parisian film, with such a sweet story at its heart that you just can’t help but fall in love with Amélie and her city, and there’s no better way to relive the film than with an Amelie tour of Paris.  If you’d like to know more about the film, read the review here. These days, though the Amélie obsession there once was in Paris has quietened, the film is still deeply intertwined into Paris life. Stand long enough in the Gare du Nord, which was one of the locations used in the film, and the tinkling, melodic music of Yann Tiersen’s soundtrack will fill the air, courtesy of an amateur pianist at one of the public pianos. But it is in Montmartre that the film really...

Review: Little White Lies

By on Jan 9, 2014 in Films | 0 comments

Following the success of Tell No One (2006), writer-director Guillaume Canet and actor Francois Cluzet reunite for this close-up look at friendship. With a stellar ensemble cast that also includes Marion Cotillard, we are invited on a holiday where small deceptions and hard truths are revealed. Language: French Year of Release: 2011 Running time: 154 min Director: Guillaume Canet Starring: Marion Cotillard, François Cluzet, Benoit Magimel, Jean Dujardin Genre: Drama/Comedy Rating: 4 stars The Film                                                                                                               Max (Francois Cluzet) is a rich and successful Parisian restaurateur who owns an idyllic summer home by the sea. Every summer, he invites his close circle of friends to come and spend a month there, where they pass lazy days on his boat, at the beach and visiting the fatherly...

Friday Photo: Autumn

By on Sep 21, 2012 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Tomorrow marks the first day of Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere – it is the Autumn Equinox – that special time of year when the seasons are actually equal all over the world and we have an equal amount of night and day. It’s a beautiful  moment in the year.   I love the Autumn. The food at this time of year is at its most glorious, the trees put on their show of colour, there are bonfires, woodland walks, mugs of spiced chai tea. I can’t wait to go tramping through the Chilterns as the leaves blaze with colour, spend time with friends in cosy cafes, a pot of tea between us, wrap up warm for Bonfire Night. So I hope you enjoy this autumnal photo, taken in woodland high in the French Alps.  You now have the right to snuggle beneath a blanket with a mug of cocoa and some soup cooking on the stove. Happy Autumn!...

Photo Friday: Fruits Glacés

By on Apr 13, 2012 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Throughout April, we are celebrating food with everything from the weird to the wonderful from around the world. For this Photo Friday, we’re at the wonderful end of the scale… At its best, food is simply divine – and the glace fruits in this French artisan shop must have fallen from the laps of the gods themselves, so tempting and sweet were they. No visit to France can pass without encountering wondrous food presented in a most beautiful manner and this was a typically eye-catching display in the town of Sarlat, in the Dordogne region. Vive la France, Vive la gastronomie!...

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