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Less postings of late
You will have noticed a dropping off of posts on this page. There are a number of reasons for this, including some personal distractions, but it is also the case that my French at 60 Facebook page has become the place where I post most of the day to day French snippets.

If you do not follow the Facebook page I would urge you to do so. You will find a mix of French media ranging from cartoons to more serious articles, although the bias is definitely towards the amusing and educational.
French Mornings with Elisa
French Mornings with Elisa
A useful resource that offers regular 3 minute videos dealing specifically with spoken French as you will encounter it in the street. There are also longer videos dealing with slang and more general advice in respect of informal spoken French.
Caché (Hidden)(☞imdb)
A classic psychological drama that will leave you asking many questions, many of which may never be answered. Everything unwinds like a conventional 'whodunnit' but this film is far from conventional and will almost certainly leave you searching for answers. There is no tidy denouement I'm afraid.

You can find my short review in the Drama section of my cinema pages.
Tu mérites un amour
Tu mérites un amour (☞imdb)
Lila is a young woman who has been dropped by her boyfriend and is struggling to come to terms with what has happened. She is thrust back into the dating scene while all the while not really being over her ex.

You can find my short review in the Romance section of my cinema pages.
Mademoiselle Chambon
Mademoiselle Chambon (☞imdb)
In a small French town Jean is a builder, happily married to Anne-Marie. When Jean goes to collect their son from school one day he meets his teacher, Mlle Chambon, who appears to be instantly attracted to him. And it isn't long before he responds.

You can find my short review in the Romance section of my cinema pages.
Quatre aventures de Reinette et Mirabelle
Quatre aventures de Reinette et Mirabelle (☞imdb)
From French New Wave director Éric Rohmer, a gentle story in four parts of the developing friendship between two young women from very different backgrounds.

You can find my short review in the Comedy section of my cinema pages.
The Artist and the Model
The Artist and the Model (☞imdb)
A study of the relationship between an ageing artist, Marc, and a young country girl, Mercè. It starts as a typical artist/model situation, with him seeing her body as inspiration for his work and nothing more. But as time passes emotions intrude.

You can find my short review in the Light Drama section of my cinema pages.
New catalogue page
Cinema catalogue page
With my ever-growing collection of film reviews I decided to add a catalogue page to the Cinema section of the site.

This will allow you to browse all the films on a single page with each thumbnail image linking to the associated review.
La Haine
La Haine (☞imdb)
A ground-breaking 1995 film that exposed many of the problems associated with the treatment of the people in the French banlieues. It follows three angry young men over a 24-hour period, invoking a constant feeling of impending disaster.

You can find my short review in the Drama section of my cinema pages.
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