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Bad Seeds (2018) is a French comedy that takes a familiar story and tries to present it interestingly, but the screenplay has little originality so it fails to leave you impressed. Don’t get me wrong, the film is highly watchable but have your expectations lowered. Available on Netflix. Waël (Kheiron) and his foster mother Monique (Catherine Deneuve) live in Paris and are involved in conning old shoppers visiting a local hypermarket, they also do other petty thefts to make a living. One of their acts goes wrong and Waël gets assigned to teach a bunch of students who have been…

10 jours en or (2012) is a French comedy-drama about a travelling salesman who accidentally had to take care of a six-year-old boy for 10 days. While there was nothing new in the film, Director Nicolas Brossette has managed to make an entertaining watch. It is available on Netflix. Marc Bajau (played by Franck Dubosc) is a bachelor who enjoys his freedom and travels across the country representing the clothing company he works for. In one city he meets an African lady who tricks him to be in-charge of her boy while she sorts out her problems. Not knowing what…

How to take an ordinary love story of an orphan boy falling for a beautiful girl, and, turn it into an unforgettable work of art? Watch this one. We have seen with animated films like Grave of the Fireflies (1988) or The Good Dinosaur (2015) the power to bring out human emotions of love, loss and joy, better than many of the live-action films. I Lost My Body (2019) is one such animation film. While “I Lost My Body” is described as a film where a right-hand severed from the body, travels across Paris in search of its owner, it…

Amélie (2001) is a different type of film with a familiar plot, it had won Best Film at European Film Awards and was nominated for Academy Awards. The entire film is shot in a Gevacolor like style (like the Valencia photo-filter in Instagram) adding a sense of vintage. It is about a young lady living in Paris, who is looking for love, a love of her dreams and goes about finding it on her own (nutty) way. Growing up Amélie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) had an unhappy childhood due to overly cautious parents. Amélie is working in a cafe and on…

Tamara (2016), a French comedy film that is about the growing up crush of a teenage girl by the same name. “Tamara” (aged 15) is living with her single mother, it is her first day in high school, and tough to adjust with new classmates – who makes fun of her for being “fat”, a fact she herself feels very conscious of. The hottest boy in the class called “Diego” sits next to Tamara and eventually they get into a relationship, then to fall out due to a misunderstanding. Did they get back is what the film is about? It gets…