Toronto International Film Festival 2017 (Everything French + Capsule Reviews))


The 42nd edition of the Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 7th -17th.   55 feature films (28 majority coproductions) and 11 short films will be on view.

Keep checking the site for updated Capsule Reviews of the French related films.

French talent that will be present incudes Sandrine Bonnaire, Xavier Beauvois, Nathalie Baye, Gilles Lelouche, Michel Hazanavicius, Louis Garel, Robert Guédiguian, Ariane Ascaride, Tonie Marshall and Alain Gomis.

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Film Review: In This Corner of the World

IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD (Japan 2016) ***1/2

Directed by Sunao Katabuchi

This animated feature from studio MAPPA is a rare treat.  It is seldom that North Americans get to see a Japanese anime that is not violent manga and not from Studio Ghibli.  That is not to say that Studio Ghibli stuff is bad but variety is the spice of life as they say.  Based on the award-winning Japanese manga by Fumiyo Kouno, IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD is written and directed by Sunao Katabuchi and produced by GENCO and Japanese animation studio MAPPA.  Bolstered by emotionally resonant storytelling, as is evident from the very first frame and exquisite hand-drawn animation, this acclaimed animated feature recently won the coveted Animation of the Year award at this year’s 40th Japan Academy and the Jury Prize at ANNECY 2017.

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Film Review: L'Economie du Couple (After Love)

L’ECONOMIE DU COUPLE (AFTER LOVE) (France 2016) ***1/2

Directed by Joachim Lafosse 

Those that know Cédric Kahn will definitely remember his excellent 2004 directed suspense drama FEUX ROUGE (RED LIGHTS) which he also co-wrote.  The story concerns the marriage breakdown of a mediocre salesman Antoine (Jean-Pierre Darroussin) and his attractive, successful and increasingly aloof wife, Hélène (Carole Bouquet), as they are en route to pick up their daughter from camp, bickering as usual.   The broken relationship is seen from the backdrop of her sudden disappearance when she decides to take the train.

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Film Review: La Passion d'Augustine

LA PASSION D’AUGUSTINE (The Passion of Augustine) (Canada 2015) ***1/2

Directed by Léa Pool

A small but talented music school is at risk of being closed for good due to financial difficulties.  The school must win a music contest in order to survive.  Into the school arrives a spirited but sometimes troublesome new girl.  It does not take a genius to guess that this girl will (try to and almost, anyway) save the school from financial ruin.

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