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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"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."
‑ Edward Porter, Times [UK]
"The writing - unfunny, repetitive - is barely sitcom standard; the lighting is brutal; the performances desperate."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"The actors give their all, but there's not enough here that's fresh. French Film is plodding and predictable - frightfully English, and not in a good way."
‑ Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail [UK]
"This is a British film which features Eric Cantona poking fun at pretentious Gallic movies, it turns out to be surprisingly amusing."
‑ , Sun Online
"A bland, unfunny Gallic/English stew."
‑ Don Groves, sbs.com.au
"The film is clever, funny and emotionally truthful and the parodies of Grimandi's films are deadly accurate."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"The result, however, is uneven: lurching from little-Englander spoofery to heartfelt emotionalising and back again - often in the same scene."
‑ Andrew Pulver, Guardian [UK]
"A relationships drama with almost nothing to say about relationships - except that they ain't easy - the only memorable thing about this is a supporting turn by former footballer Eric Cantona."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"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."
‑ Karl French, Financial Times
"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."
‑ Victor Olliver, Teletext
"Sacre bleu! C'est un perky British rom a la com avec un great self-mocking performance by Eric Cantona."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"This is a rich, beautifully written exploration of romantic self-delusion. The playing - particularly Bonneville - is assured and the dialogue constantly fires off cracking one-liners."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"An engagingly lightweight romcom."
‑ Mark Adams, Sunday Mirror [UK]
"Cantona provides a few bright moments in French Film, a damp squib of a romantic comedy with little in the way of wit, flair or sparkle."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
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