Tag Archive: Gerard Depardieu

Valley Of Love

BBB.5 (out of 5) A divorced couple meet in Death Valley after the recent suicide of their son, having been instructed to go there by letters delivered to them after his passing. The… Continue reading

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Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (Preparez vos Mouchoirs)

BBB (out of 5) Bertrand Blier once again examines the effect of male Peter Pan syndrome on frustrated female maturity in this toned-down version of his much more outrageous and, frankly, much more… Continue reading

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1900 (Novecento)

BBBB (out of 5) Robert De Niro and Gerard Depardieu are born on the same day at the very beginning of the twentieth century, one the grandson of the padrone (Burt Lancaster) who has ownership… Continue reading

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Deux

BB.5 (out of 5) The manager of a famous composer (Gerard Depardieu) hires a real estate agent (Maruschka Detmers) to help him find a new house. After seeing a few homes together they… Continue reading

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Last Holiday

BBB (out of 5) Queen Latifah‘s charms can be blamed for the enjoyment here, for while this feelgood comedy by Wayne Wang has most of its cliches telegraphed to the audience by megaphone,… Continue reading

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The Man In The Iron Mask (1998)

BBB.5 (0ut of 5) Leonardo DiCaprio‘s first film release after Titanic is this adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel. Aging musketeers Jeremy Irons, Gerard Depardieu, Gabriel Byrne and John Malkovich come out of retirement to end… Continue reading

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The Closet (Le Placard)

BBBB (out of 5) Francis Veber has the ability to make comedies whose feeling is light but whose after-effect runs much deeper, a skillful combination of essential social commentary and entertaining physical panache.… Continue reading

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Mon Oncle D’Amerique

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Leave it to experimental filmmaker Alain Resnais to not only film an interview with behavioural scientist Henri Laborit but to create a narrative out of its principles. It concerns… Continue reading

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Camille Claudel

BBBB (out of 5) Like many female classical artists of yesteryear, Camille Claudel was a talented, gifted sculptor whose work has long been ignored or (mistakenly?) attributed to a male artist who worked… Continue reading

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Potiche

BB (out of 5) Francois Ozon returns to kitsch with this ironic comedy about female empowerment.  Catherine Deneuve is delightful as a trophy housewife whose children (Jérémie Renier, Judith Godrèche) are ashamed of… Continue reading

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Crime Spree

B (out of 5) Messy garbage directed and written by Brad Mirman, scribe of that classic Madonna thriller Body Of Evidence. Gerard Depardieu and pals are bumbling thieves who have screwed up their last… Continue reading

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102 Dalmatians

BBBB (out of 5) The smarmy, overlong and annoying 101 Dalmatians directed by Stephen Herek gets a huge lift from a highly superior sequel, this time directed by Tarzan‘s Kevin Lima. More faithful… Continue reading

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Boudu

BB.5 (out of 5) While hitting on his office assistant in the front seat of his car by a canal, a financially strapped art gallery owner (Gerard Jugnot, who also directs) sees a… Continue reading

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Cyrano De Bergerac (1990)

BBBB (out of 5) Gerard Depardieu is a compelling Cyrano, a nobleman with a laughably big nose who falls in love with the beautiful Roxane (Anne Brochet) but instantly assumes he cannot have her… Continue reading

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The Horseman On The Roof (Le Hussard Sur Le Toit)

BBB (out of 5) Enjoyable costume drama from France is as empty-headed as a low-rent romance novel. An epidemic has broken out in a peaceful region in France during the nineteenth century, plunging… Continue reading

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Bon Voyage

BB.5 (out of 5) Bubbleheaded adventure that, like many of Jean-Paul Rappeneau’s films, doesn’t equal in dramatic content what it has in visual splendour. Isabelle Adjani, who really does have an ageing portrait… Continue reading

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The Woman Next Door (La Femme d’à côté)

BBBB (out of 5) Fanny Ardant is sinfully beautiful in this absorbing drama about love lost and later rekindled.   Gerard Depardieu and his wife enjoy a quiet life in their beautiful French village… Continue reading

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The Last Metro (Le Dernier Metro)

BBBB (out of 5) One of the last great films to come from a giant of European cinema, Francois Truffaut. Catherine Deneuve is excellent as a famous actress working in a theatre in Nazi-occupied… Continue reading

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The Return Of Martin Guerre (Le Retour De Martin Guerre)

BBBBB (out of 5) Every once in a while you get a film whose various elements are so beautifully in tune with each other that watching it is akin to listening to a… Continue reading

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1492: Conquest Of Paradise

BB (out of 5) This Ridley Scott disaster chronicles Christopher Columbus discovering America, trying to maintain a peaceful colony there until the Spanish government recalled him to Europe. Gerard Depardieu puts a lot of energy into… Continue reading

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Vatel

BB.5 (out of 5) Roland Joffe produces a visually stunning but shallow period piece involving an eighteenth century French prince (Julian Glover) who puts on a lavish spectacle when the Sun King, Louis… Continue reading

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Green Card

BBBB (out of 5) This heartfelt romance comes across in so simple a way that it will capture your heart without you ever even noticing. Andie MacDowell is excellent as a woman who… Continue reading

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Drole D’Endroit Pour Une Rencontre (A Strange Place To Meet) (Strange Place For An Encounter)

BBBB (out of 5) Catherine Deneuve produced this sweet-natured romantic comedy, in which she stars as a married woman thrown out of a car by her husband and abandoned at a rest-stop outside… Continue reading

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Bogus

B (out of 5) One of the very worst films of its year, and one of the lowest points in Norman Jewison’s career.   This ghastly comedy is about a precocious youngster (Haley… Continue reading

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Maitresse

BBBB (out of 5) A country bumpkin (Gerard Depardieu) comes to Paris and does a few gigs as a petty thief with a friend until he unwittingly stumbles into the parlour of a… Continue reading

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La Vie En Rose (La Mome)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) If love is a battlefield, life was nothing but war for Edith Piaf, and singing was her weapon of choice. This riveting biopic by Olivier Dahan covers the majority… Continue reading

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Tous Les Matins Du Monde

BBB (out of 5) The life of an 18th-century viol player (Gerard Depardieu) and his many romances. The film is beautifully costumed and incredibly respectable, but also too somber for its own good… Continue reading

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Choice Of Arms (Le Choix Des Armes)

BBB (out of 5) Stylish thriller about two convicts who escape from prison and kill two cops in their attempt to outrun the law. The elder of the two, critically wounded in the… Continue reading

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CQ

BBBB (out of 5) It’s 1969, and an American film editor (Jeremy Davies) living in Paris is working on the troubled set of a Barbarella-like science-fiction film. The director (Gerard Depardieu) has passionate… Continue reading

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Unhook The Stars

BBB (out of 5) Gena Rowlands is excellent as a lonely, aging widow who is having trouble keeping her misfit daughter (Moira Kelly) out of trouble. Marisa Tomei is equally effective as a… Continue reading

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Hamlet (1996)

BB.5 (out of 5) Kenneth Branagh has definitely bitten off far more than he can chew with this ambitious adaptation of William Shakespeare’s famous play that faithfully runs four hours and is photographed… Continue reading

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I Am Dina

BB (out of 5) A little girl in a tiny Norwegian village sees her mother die in a horrific accident of which she was blamelessly a part, then grows up believing herself to… Continue reading

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Going Places (Les Valseuses)

BB (out of 5) This cinematic exercise in youthful debauchery is both fascinating and frustrating at the same time. Gerard Depardieu (in one of his earliest film performances) and best pal Patrick Dewaere roam around… Continue reading

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Jean De Florette

BBBBB (out of 5) First part of two films that is completed by its even better sequel Manon Of The Spring. Gerard Depardieu plays a humpbacked farmer who buys a property in the… Continue reading

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A Loving Father (Aime Ton Pere)

BBB.5 (out of 5) A celebrated author (Gerard Depardieu) is awarded the Nobel Prize for literature and decides to make the trip from his French farm to Oslo on his motorbike, while his… Continue reading

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Under The Sun of Satan (Sous Le Soleil De Satan)

BBB (out of 5) Deeply probing meditation on the nature of personal morality that is definitely not for all tastes, but offers some rewards to the devoted viewer all the same.  Gerard Depardieu… Continue reading

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Loulou

BBBB (out of 5) Gerard Depardieu is once again the reckless wanderer who messes up people’s lives in this excellent, erotically charged drama by Maurice Pialat. Depardieu has a one-night stand with a wealthy,… Continue reading

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Danton

BBB.5 (out of 5) With the revolution having fully transformed France, the country still finds itself in massive upheaval. Robespierre’s government has initiated the terrors, executing anyone considered even slightly in opposition to… Continue reading

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Paris, Je T’Aime

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Every heart is beating in sync in the City of Lights (and Lovers) in this wonder of a film. Producers Claudie Ossard and Emmanuel Benbihy invited 21 directors from… Continue reading

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Life Of Pi

BBB (out of 5) Ang Lee transfers Yann Martel’s bestselling novel to the big screen with gorgeous and superficial results. A Canadian journalist (Rafe Spall) goes to the Montreal home of a university… Continue reading

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