French Film

2009

French Film

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Average Rating: 3.4/5

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English hang-ups about romance get satirically filtered through the perspective of French movies in this witty, cinematically-literate comedy helmed by British director Jackie Oudney and scripted by Aschlin Ditta. The creators set up two narratives: in a framing device, Eric Cantona stars as the elitist, pretentious French writer-director Thierry Grimandi, who could use a lesson in humility; he operates according to the mantra, "I consider myself lucky firstly because I am French, secondly because I make movies, thirdly because I understand love." As Grimandi periodically crops up to pontificate on film and relationships, a second narrative emerges. Hugh Bonneville stars as Jed Winter, a smug, unhappy British journalist enduring a super-dysfunctional relationship with long-term girlfriend Cheryl (Victoria Hamilton). She just rejected his marriage proposal out of dissatisfaction for the lack of romantic chemistry in their relationship; they tentatively remain together, but that all seems poised to change when Jed begins to develop feelings for his friend Marcus's girl, Sophie (Anne-Marie Duff) - and it just so happens that Marcus falls for someone else, leaving the situation wide open for Jed to waltz in and sweep Sophie off her feet.

Cast

Eric Cantona
as Thierry Grimandi
Hugh Bonneville
as Jed Winter
Jean Dell
as Alain
Marie Gaëlle Cals
as French Apartment Woman
Marie-Gaëlle Cals
as French Apartment Woman
Vincent Winterhalter
as French Apartment Man
David Matthews
as Counseling Man
Nichola Christie
as Counseling Woman
David Oudney
as Accordion Player
Jack Crutch
as Bike Thief
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Critic Reviews for French Film

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4)

  • 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
    Top Critic
  • 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)
    Top Critic
  • 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
    Top Critic
  • A bland, unfunny Gallic/English stew.

    Dec 31, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Director Oudney's great skill is to play a touch on national stereotypes (that's comedy for you) before delving into the heart of her characters.

    May 20, 2009 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for French Film

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.
Walter M.

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A terrific little story about two couples going through a bit of upheaval in their relationships.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

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