Journal de France Reviews

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Jonathan Romney
Sight and Sound
February 6, 2014
This fascinating film really belongs to those people whose names never made the history books, barely even their local newspaper headlines.
Paul Whitington
Irish Independent
February 5, 2014
These clips are fascinating, but Journal de France would have been a stronger documentary if Monsieur Depardon had provided narrations for some of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]
February 1, 2014
It's fascinating fare, offering both an insight into the emergence of Depardon's still influential "direct cinema" aesthetic, and an affectionate portrait of a unique visual artist and cultural archivist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
January 31, 2014
Has moments of magic, but you can't help feeling that an outsider would have fashioned something with more bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
January 31, 2014
Very touching. Very compelling. Very French.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
January 30, 2014
An engrossing and valuable personal record of the work of photographer and film-maker Raymond Depardon, depicting his autumnal journey across France, taking pictures of buildings and street scenes that he believes are in danger of dying out.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
January 30, 2014
Journal de France is really two films, awkwardly joined but rejoicing in a paradox the French, of all, must surely love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
January 30, 2014
A nostalgic cine-scrapbook on the life and times of famed French documentarian Raymond Depardon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
January 30, 2014
Best treated as a sampler of his career highlights, this might well serve as a good introduction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 28, 2014
A fascinating introduction to one of France's major filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
January 27, 2014
Depardon is engaging, but so reserved that he never quite comes into focus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
January 27, 2014
Gently moving and subtly powerful, this will thrill Francophiles.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Kinnear
Total Film
January 27, 2014
Even in fragments, the humanism of Depardon's gaze moves and inspires.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Jay Weissberg
Variety
May 30, 2012
A tribute to a masterful eye, a humanistic heart and a wondrous life, "Journal" is a natural for docu fests and Euro satcasts.
Fionnuala Halligan
Screen International
May 30, 2012
We never get a feeling for the man behind these images, which may be entirely appropriate in his other work, but here it makes a fragile pillar for a 100-minute running time.
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Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
May 22, 2012
[Offers] up an enticing amuse-bouche to an artist whose body of work has become essential viewing.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
March 3, 2013
| Original Score: B-
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