French Film 2009

French Film

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English writer Jed (Hugh Bonneville) thinks he understands love better than Thierry Grimandi (Éric Cantona), the French director he interviews. But when Jed's relationship with Cheryl (Victoria Hamilton) falls apart, he reconsiders the notion of love with the help of Thierry, as well as his relationship counselor and his friend, Marcus (Douglas Henshall). Jed soon ends up falling for Marcus' girl, Sophie (Anne-Marie Duff), and realizes there is something to the French people's idea of love.

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Critic Reviews for French Film

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (9)

  • The director, Jackie Oudney, gives Bonneville and Duff's scenes a proper romcom glow, but Aschlin Ditta's script resorts to a lot of faffing about to postpone the inevitable happy ending.

    May 17, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Not a good film by a long stretch, but there's something so harmless about this debut directorial effort (from a script by Aschlin 'Scenes of a Sexual Nature' Ditta) that to pull it apart would be like savaging a child's first attempt at storywriting.

    May 15, 2009 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
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  • The writing - unfunny, repetitive - is barely sitcom standard; the lighting is brutal; the performances desperate.

    May 15, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • The result, however, is uneven: lurching from little-Englander spoofery to heartfelt emotionalising and back again - often in the same scene.

    May 15, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Andrew Pulver

    Guardian
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  • The treatment of French cinema is rather facile, and ultimately this is no more substantial than a half-decent television sitcom, or one of the slight, love-themed sketches in Scenes of a Sexual Nature, writer Aschlin Ditta's previous credit.

    May 15, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A bland, unfunny Gallic/English stew.

    December 31, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for French Film

  • May 17, 2013
    In "French Film," struggling with the preparation for an interview with noted film director Thierry Grimandi(Eric Cantona) is the least of Jed's(Hugh Bonneville) problems as his ten-year relationship with Cheryl(Victoria Hamilton) has just taken a turn for the worse recently when she turned down his marriage proposal. So, they are now in couples counseling. At least, their friends Marcus(Douglas Henshall) and Sophie(Anne-Marie Duff) are doing much better, even with the threat of a bit of Marcus' past returning back into his life. "French Film" is an amiable enough movie with a likable cast(it's nice to see Douglas Henshall smile for a change) that barely acknowledges an incident that could be thought of as emotional rape which dwarfs any discussion of journalistic ethics. Otherwise, the movie resembles a Woody Allen film (or Woody Allen doing European films) more than the French films it seems to be commenting on. A large part of that involves separating the fiction from the reality in a relationship as the movie makes a great case for it not being important how two people meet("Scandal" has the exception to this rule) but rather how much they love each other.(The movie implies that there is something seriously wrong in Jed's waiting 10 years to propose whereas it could have just been a case of not wanting to wreck a good thing.) For example, most of the significant people I have known in my life I have met in incredibly insignificant ways.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 20, 2009
    A terrific little story about two couples going through a bit of upheaval in their relationships.
    Mark A Super Reviewer

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