Princesse Tam-Tam (1935)

Facing writer’s block, Max (Albert Prejean) has decided to pay a visit to the much more exciting land of Tunisia. He leaves his society-obsessed French wife, Lucie (Germaine Aussey), behind and takes a few weeks to clear his head. Arriving at his vacation/writing retreat destination, Max finds himself amused by a local girl (Josephine Baker). Meanwhile, back at home in France, Max’s wife finds herself … Continue reading Princesse Tam-Tam (1935)

Orphée (aka Orpheus) (1949)

Orphée, directed by Jean Cocteau, tells the story of a self-centered and commercially successful French poet of the same name (Jean Marais). When we meet him, he’s hanging out at a poet’s cafe in Paris, which is packed with artists. He meets “the Princess” (Maria Casares), a woman who has started her own artistic movement of sorts by publishing a “nudism” journal — a journal in … Continue reading Orphée (aka Orpheus) (1949)

Les demoiselles de Rochefort (1967)

Dance teacher Delphine (Catherine Deneuve) and her musician sister Solange (Françoise Dorléac, Deneuve’s real-life sister) live in Rochefort, a somewhat sleepy seaside town. Their mother Yvonne (Danielle Darrieux) owns a local café. Both sisters dream of leaving Rochefort to find excitement and true love, while their mother daydreams about a lost love. When a fair comes to Rochefort and takes over the town square, Delphine … Continue reading Les demoiselles de Rochefort (1967)

Period film: Populaire (2012)

Rose Pamphyle (Déborah François) is a 21-year-old girl who helps her widower father run a store in a small French village. It is the spring of 1958, and all she wants to do is escape from the life she’s doomed to, ending the decade right with a new and exciting job as a secretary. She’s engaged to the son of her village’s mechanic, and she’s … Continue reading Period film: Populaire (2012)

Le Retour de Martin Guerre (1982)

*This is a review of the film in its original French language, viewed with English subtitles. Do yourself a favor and stay away from the dubbed version, which I’ve heard does not do the actors justice! Le Retour de Martin Guerre (The Return of Martin Guerre) (1982): 4.5/5 Based on true accounts in 16th century France, Le Retour de Martin Guerre tells… the story of … Continue reading Le Retour de Martin Guerre (1982)