French Film
French Film (2009)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 21, 2010
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Calhoun
Time Out

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.

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Edward Porter
Times [UK]

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.

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Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

The writing - unfunny, repetitive - is barely sitcom standard; the lighting is brutal; the performances desperate.

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Don Groves
sbs.com.au

A bland, unfunny Gallic/English stew.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

The film is clever, funny and emotionally truthful and the parodies of Grimandi's films are deadly accurate.

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Andrew Pulver
Guardian

The result, however, is uneven: lurching from little-Englander spoofery to heartfelt emotionalising and back again - often in the same scene.

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Victor Olliver
Teletext

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.

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Jon Fortgang
Film4

Sacre bleu! C'est un perky British rom a la com avec un great self-mocking performance by Eric Cantona.

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Tim Evans
Sky Movies

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
In "French Film," struggling with the preparation for an interview with noted film director Thierry Grimandi(Eric Cantona) is the least of… More
Mark Abell
A terrific little story about two couples going through a bit of upheaval in their relationships.