You had the best inside info. Is the lovely Gaspard Ulliel still a douche? Are Monica Belluci and Vincent Cassel still happy together? Any info on Jeunet?
French critic, where are you?
|by curious||reply 179||08/21/2015|
French Critic was the best! What happened to him?
|by curious||reply 1||01/06/2013|
How is the lovely Gaspard Ulliel a douche? And why hasn't he had any nude scenes?
|by curious||reply 2||01/06/2013|
The French critic had interviewed him, as well as being familiar with lots if people in cinema generally. Sadly, he reported that Ulliel was arrogant and distant - not rude or aggressive, more unpleasant by being self-involved and took himself seriously. I'd love to read the thread again as this was info from, what, two or so years ago? More?
|by curious||reply 3||01/07/2013|
|by curious||reply 4||01/14/2013|
I learned more about French actors from French Critic than anywhere else. It would have been awesome to have him weigh in on current shenanigans of Depardieu, Bardot, Polanski etc.
|by curious||reply 5||01/14/2013|
Yeah, I'd love to hear the inside view of that citizenship furore.
|by curious||reply 6||01/26/2013|
I've been pining for the French critic, too.
|by curious||reply 7||01/26/2013|
I'd love to re-read the original thread. Anyone save it?
|by curious||reply 8||01/28/2013|
One more bump to see if anyone has the old thread archived somewhere...
So much great French gossip
|by curious||reply 9||08/17/2013|
What must be done to lure him back?
|by curious||reply 10||08/17/2013|
French critic, where are you? We all see what you can do. Picking boogers day and night. Flicking boogers left and right. I'll trade on of yours for one of mine. Or maybe one flavored lemon-lime.
|by curious||reply 11||08/17/2013|
Was French critic in the French actress poll thread? I suppose not, but there was a couple of cool people with lots of knowledge there.. presumably native.
|by curious||reply 12||08/17/2013|
Does anyone have any gossip on Louis Garrel or Lea Seydoux?
|by curious||reply 13||08/17/2013|
How about the always-naked, horsehung Romain Duris?
|by curious||reply 14||08/17/2013|
Lea Seydoux is dating Andre Meyer
|by curious||reply 15||09/29/2013|
Does anyone know anything about Théo Frilet? My French is rusty but I gather in this clip he talks about cute girls, etc...
|by curious||reply 16||11/21/2013|
Thank you, R14. I did not know of Romain Duris until you mentioned him. He is the very essence of my type.
|by curious||reply 17||11/21/2013|
Bisexuality amongst female actresses is becoming more fashionable in France as of late. However France is still a "Latin" country where female sensuality and sexuality are greatly prized.So some of the actresses engaged in Sapphic dalliances are keeping mum. Probably even more so than in the US.
Bellucci and Cassell split.She had dalliances with women and VC was fucking around with women as well!
Cotillard had an interesting past before "stealing" Canet from his German hussy,Diane Kruger. She was involved heavily in drugs and her co-dependent boyfriend jumped off a balcony and tried to kill himself. He failed. He ended up paralyzed and then killed himself two years later.
I wish I knew something about Lizzie Brochere',she is such a hot little thing. Ryan Murphy should have brought her back for the New Orleans season of AHS:Coven. Her accent would have made sense at least in past sequences
|by curious||reply 18||11/21/2013|
LOVE French Critic
|by curious||reply 19||11/21/2013|
Michel Blanc of Mr Hire fame/infamy is gay.A French friend of mine saw him with a twinkish California surfer dude in Paris. They looked like a French grandpa having lunch with his American grandson!
|by curious||reply 20||11/21/2013|
What actresses are you talking about? [r18]
|by curious||reply 21||12/26/2013|
News on Johnny Hallyday, s'il vous plait?
|by curious||reply 23||12/28/2013|
Is the French critic Freddy M?
|by curious||reply 24||12/28/2013|
Louis Garel was dating Valerie Tedechi Bruni, Carla's sister. She is maybe 15 years older than Louis. I don't know if they are still together.
|by curious||reply 25||12/28/2013|
Jean-Hugues Anglade gossip: Parisienne make-up artist told me she and others saw track marks on his arms during a shoot a couple of years back
|by curious||reply 26||12/28/2013|
Valeria Bruni Tedesci is in fact her name anyway they split but have a daughter, Céline.
|by curious||reply 27||12/28/2013|
Who is Louis dating now?
|by curious||reply 28||12/28/2013|
Golshifteh Farahani, R28.
|by curious||reply 29||12/28/2013|
It is very difficult if not impossible to find good French gossip. I'm not French but am fluent and have looked and looked. I had a crush on a French actor a few years back and could find next to nil on this guy although he was fairly well known at the time. It probably has to do with French defamation laws which are quite strict and efficient. See Hollywood Reporter article.
Just finding out how much actors/musicians earn was taboo until a few years ago when Le Figaro started publishing an annual list every February and at first everyone was shocked.
|by curious||reply 30||12/28/2013|
For anyone interested, here is the list from Le Figaro of the 10 highest paid French actors for 2013, along with reader comments which sometimes contain interesting tidbits you don't find on gossip sites.
|by curious||reply 31||12/28/2013|
There's been an explosion in celebrity coverage in France since 2007, 2008. There is a market for photos, interviews and gossip nearly as strong as in anglo-saxon culture.
It always makes me laugh that the word used in French culture nowadays for " celebrity" is "people" , spelt exactly like the English. Sometimes you see it spelt "pipol" which I like even more. And it's used to designate celebrity in the singular and the plural. So once I fell about when my friend saw a French celebrity from one of their reality shows ( Star Ac, the French X Factor) on the street in Paris and explained to me c'est un people!
So for tacky French gossip, just go to purepeople.com or closer.fr or dozens of others like that.
|by curious||reply 32||12/28/2013|
What about Romain Duris??
|by curious||reply 33||12/28/2013|
Je voudrais Gaspard Ulliel à sucer ma bite, et je tiens à son sucer.
|by curious||reply 34||12/28/2013|
R32, indeed the 'pipol' press is doing very well, but tends to be very polite and fawning. If there is a big scandal, the only ones with balls or deep pockets are (or used to be, I don't follow French media that closely) Le Canard Enchaine and Paris Match. We need to export DL to France.
|by curious||reply 35||12/28/2013|
What are Daniel Auteuil and Sergi Lopez like?
(Yes, I know Lopez is Spanish, but he often works in French films.)
|by curious||reply 36||12/28/2013|
A tip for looking for information on your favorite French actor, etc, is to use google.fr instead of google.com, not just generally but in the 'actualités' (news) section, as well as 'images'. This also goes for other countries, i.e. google.de for Germany, etc.
|by curious||reply 37||12/28/2013|
Just saw Populaire on Netflix and Romain Duris is BEAU-TI-FUL.
In what films has he showed his cock?
|by curious||reply 38||12/28/2013|
Great info in here. The list of alleged income was interesting. Given that the hot Gaspard Ulliel is still the face of Chanel's fragrance Bleu, how would this be reflected in his income?
|by curious||reply 39||12/29/2013|
Is there a French equivalent of DL? What's the gay gossip about their main stars like?
|by curious||reply 40||12/29/2013|
Anyone watching Les Revenants / The Returned? Pierre Perrier as Simon is close to perfection in that role. fr.web.img4.acsta.net/r_640_600/b_1_d6d6d6/medias/nmedia/18/92/60/65/20371191.jpg
|by curious||reply 41||12/29/2013|
French Critic would have been needed a couple months ago when the infighting between the "Blue Is The Warmest Color" actors and director was made public. Most controversial French pic in years with a backstory that was vastly more interesting than what's on screen.
|by curious||reply 42||12/29/2013|
r42, can you give a précis of the BITWC infighting? I missed the thread. Merci d'avance.
|by curious||reply 43||12/29/2013|
Probably something like this, R40:
Is Gaspard Ulliel gay?
|by curious||reply 44||12/29/2013|
Here's a link, R43. It got quite nasty.
|by curious||reply 45||12/29/2013|
*she was given
|by curious||reply 47||12/29/2013|
Is Gaspard Ulliel gay?
|by curious||reply 48||12/29/2013|
I recommend looking at photos of the jaw-droppingly handsome Grégory Fitoussi, for those who don't watch him playing Pierre Clément in the crime thriller Engrenages / Spiral
|by curious||reply 49||12/29/2013|
 You are talking out of your ass
|by curious||reply 50||12/29/2013|
Oh, sooo sorry my opinion does not align with yours.
And, no, Lea Seydoux will never fuck you.
|by curious||reply 51||12/29/2013|
Which French actor did you have a crush on, R30?
|by curious||reply 52||12/29/2013|
Sergi Lopez seems (or at least seemed, a few years ago) seriously obsessed with sex. I saw him on stage somewhere around 2007 and he is a better actor in film, though he wasn't bad by any means - just not as good. Very proud of being Catalan. And the sex is just everywhere (seems to be with women only apparently).
|by curious||reply 53||12/29/2013|
My guess is Gaspard Ulliel is bi, and especially opportunistic. He looks like a guy who uses his sexuality as it suits him.
|by curious||reply 54||12/29/2013|
During the summer the patriarch of Gregory's father's family passed away. I attended the wake. I sat at the end of a pew on the center aisle a bit away from Gregory.
There was a large gathering of family. Many children as well. Gregory was dressed in a navy blue suit, white shirt, navy tie, white socks and his brown wing tip shoes. At the quasi alter the casket was open and a prayer bench sat directly in front of it. A very Catholic affair.
All the children seemed highly agitated and terrified to go near or even look in the direction of the corpse. Not Gregory. With his parents Gregory wiggled like the queen he is up to the casket. The three knelt and seemed to pray (though I know they don't go to church).
I was curious to see how Gregory might react to the corpse as he is so young. He rose from the prayer bench, looked into the casket for some time, turned with his parents and in his typical flat affect returned to the pew. Later as he passed me while exiting the chapel he whispered to me "That's not him, you know. He's with God."
|by curious||reply 55||12/29/2013|
Sorry.. Gregory belongs in the God thread.
I tip my chapeau and bid you a fine adieu...
|by curious||reply 56||12/29/2013|
R56, you have made my day! Merci bien
|by curious||reply 57||12/29/2013|
Are you as devastatingly good looking as Grégory, gay cousin? If so, can I have a date :)
|by curious||reply 58||12/29/2013|
R54, if you look like that, how do you not use it to your advantange at least sometimes?
|by curious||reply 59||12/29/2013|
 Ermmm no I dont want her to fuck me. I'm a gay guy. No, thank you lol. Still, you were talking out of your ass. Miss Seydoux fucking grabbed that role. Ofc IMHO
|by curious||reply 60||12/30/2013|
I love Jean-Hughes Anglade,nice guy great actor. He has some issues. He was raped when he was 13 by a big guy.
Michel Blanc is indeed gay. he loves to hang out in this very famous gay bar "Banana Café" in Chatelet les Halles.
Lea Seydoux is just very lucky that her grandfather is Jerome Seydoux powerful producer and french businessman. She's such a terrible actress.
Lambert Wilson is closeted.
Jeanne Moreau is arrogant.
|by curious||reply 61||12/30/2013|
I love J-H Anglade too, I like him in the role of Eddy Caplan in Braquo.
|by curious||reply 62||12/30/2013|
[quote]Still, you were talking out of your ass.
No, I am not talking out of my ass. I know far more about film that you ever will. You must have very little confidence in your opinions if your only argument is name calling.
I still think you are a lesbian who dreams of fucking Lea Seydoux. Maybe you'll feel more in your element on L-chat.
And before you accuse me of being R61, I guarantee you I'm not.
|by curious||reply 63||01/01/2014|
Isabelle Adjani still holds the record for the most Cesar awards as Best Actrice.
She used to hold my balls.
She will always be the mother of my child.
I hold my own record.
|by curious||reply 64||01/01/2014|
How is Adjani regarded in France?
Do the two Isabelles (Adjani and Huppert) really dislike each other? (I just purchased a DVD of Les soeurs Brontë from 1979, which may be the only film where they appeared together.)
Do French really mock Binoche?
What is the scoop on Grégoire Colin?
|by curious||reply 65||01/01/2014|
Adjani's turn in "L'Ete Meurtrier/One Deadly Summer" is probably my favorite performance by an actress.
She should have been nominated for the Oscar.
She won the Cesar.
|by curious||reply 66||01/01/2014|
Lea Seydoux is an excellent actress with a broad range. She works constantly.
|by curious||reply 67||01/01/2014|
[r63] Wrong in so many ways. Maybe the lesbian is you lol
|by curious||reply 68||01/01/2014|
R68, you are also R21. What gay man would specifically be interested in lesbians among French actresses?
Answer, not one.
|by curious||reply 69||01/02/2014|
I really liked Jean-Hughes Anglade in La Femme Nikita.
What about Jean Reno? He was fantastic jn Taus-toi.
|by curious||reply 70||01/02/2014|
Anyone have dish on Tahar Rahim, the cutie who was in A Prophet and recently The Past? He's mostly gone the arthouse route after breaking out, and seems to keep a low profile.
|by curious||reply 71||01/02/2014|
If you like French actors you should watch "Les Yeux de sa Mère" (2011) with Deneuve and a gorgeous newcomer, Jean-Baptiste Lafarge, whom you can see in the trailer below. There is a gay storyline with him in the movie, and a scene where he sings a wonderful Reggiani song. Beautiful kid.
|by curious||reply 72||01/02/2014|
|by curious||reply 73||01/02/2014|
Is Lambert Wilson closeted? I thought he was out. He suffered major depression when his father (also an actor, very imposing, very different personalities) died a couple years ago.
He once passed me on the street on Grands Boulevards. I could only make out his eyes and nose (he has a pretty big nose) because he was trying to hide from the public wearing a pink (pink!) balaclava over his head. It did not work.
|by curious||reply 74||01/02/2014|
On how Adjani is regarded in France, this skit says it all (we think she is batshit crazy- she did use to be a star, extremely beautiful woman and very talented):
Starts after 23 seconds
|by curious||reply 75||01/02/2014|
I can't speak for other French people, but I think Juliette Binoche is great. Super talented, a smart woman, and I like her acting choices.
|by curious||reply 76||01/02/2014|
Lea Seydoux is working so much because of who her grandfather is, and because she is good-looking and not afraid to show her body (Les Adieux à la reine, where Virginie Ledoyen does the same - good movie if you like arthouse).
Seydoux isn't very talented as an actress. She photographs well, which is enough in certain roles.
And, she always gets cast in "auteur" movies.
|by curious||reply 77||01/02/2014|
I think Tahar Rahim is married and very much faithful/traditional/etc. If you want to see him when he was a young actor trying to break out, there was a documentary about him called something like "Tahar l'étudiant". He may have longer hair in that. I've never seen it.
|by curious||reply 78||01/02/2014|
Je ne suis pas folle vous savez...Bonsoir !
|by curious||reply 79||01/02/2014|
I liked Binoche's reply to Depardieu being a rude prick about her, saying she was a crap actress, dumb etc. Something like "I am taken aback at his violence towards me". Binoche is an actress of limited range but she is sensitive and fairly nuanced in the right roles and has a warmth and emotional openess audiences appreciate.
|by curious||reply 80||01/02/2014|
Depardieu is out of control. He's digging his grave - now threatening to "turn in" his French passport (renounce his nationality).
His exterior has grown as ugly as his interior.
|by curious||reply 81||01/02/2014|
Je suis une femme comme vous et moi Laurent!
Je ne suis pas folle vous savez ?
|by curious||reply 82||01/02/2014|
Depardieu needs to stop drinking. That incident where he pissed into a bottle - or was it on the floor? - of a plane in front of others a couple of years ago showed alcoholism in all its glory.
|by curious||reply 83||01/02/2014|
Toi tu rôte, toi tu péte, toi tu fais caca. Je ne suis pas folle vous savez...Bonsoir !
|by curious||reply 84||01/02/2014|
|by curious||reply 85||01/02/2014|
R52, mostly for the physique, tall, slim, keeps in shape, or did. Haven't seen much of him lately in film, his 'rom com' career having faded. One note actor at best, his limited talent could not sustain my crush. Julien Boisselier.
|by curious||reply 86||01/02/2014|
r77 Seydoux won the Palme d'or at Cannes. Even Spielberg was impressed by her acting prowess.
|by curious||reply 87||01/03/2014|
Other actors whose prowess has impressed Spielberg over the years include Shia LeBoeuf, that kid from E.T. and Karen Allen.
|by curious||reply 88||01/03/2014|
You forgot Kate Capshaw, R88.
|by curious||reply 89||01/03/2014|
[quote]I liked Binoche's reply to Depardieu being a rude prick about her, saying she was a crap actress, dumb etc. Something like "I am taken aback at his violence towards me". Binoche is an actress of limited range but she is sensitive and fairly nuanced in the right roles and has a warmth and emotional openess audiences appreciate.
I like Binoche as an actress. Her performance in Certified Copy is one of the most interesting things I've seen on the big screen in years. You can't tell where acting begins and Binoche disappears and vice versa.
Depardieu seems like a big baffoon.
Binoche's recount of how she reconciled with Depardieu:
[italic]One Sunday a couple of months ago, Juliette Binoche bumped into Gérard Depardieu while shopping in a Paris market. It was the first time the two titans of French cinema had met since Depardieu's bizarre public rant last year, in which he described her as "nothing" and "nobody".
"I just went up to him and grabbed him," she says, "and said, 'Hey, what happened, Gérard? Why are you so aggressive with me? What did I do to you?'"
Binoche turns up her palms and shrugs her shoulders, in that uniquely Gallic expression of frustration. "He said, 'Oh, I'm stupid. Sometimes I just do that, blah, blah.' Later, his agent called my agent to say, 'Gérard is very happy you are reconciled.' But I never had a problem with him.'" She laughs; her dark eyes – so familiar from the 48 films she has made in her 28-year career – turn steely. "Perhaps I should send him my reviews."[/italic]
|by curious||reply 90||01/03/2014|
I agree with R77. Seydoux isn't talented, she works a lot because of her family, nothing else. Exarchopoulos was way better in La vie d'Adèle.
|by curious||reply 91||01/03/2014|
So anything on Sophie Marceau? What's her reputation like in France?
|by curious||reply 92||01/03/2014|
Marceau's dress fell off on the Cannes tapis rouge once and her bare breast was exposed to the world.
Meh. You had to be there.
|by curious||reply 93||01/03/2014|
How long do we have to keep looking at Depardieu's obese body and penis nose?
|by curious||reply 94||01/03/2014|
Oh, I remember Julien Boisselier. Could not for the life of me understand how he could have been offered all these rather prominent roles when he had such limited range, and especially, attraction! He was cuteish (great dancing scene in J'me sens pas belle, if you haven't seen it), but not so much that he should have been given all those roles around 2004-5...
He "dated" Mélanie Laurent, that I remember. She thanked him when she won the César for Je vais bien ne t'en fais pas
|by curious||reply 95||01/03/2014|
Juline Boisselier is still, for me, better than a lot of french actors.
|by curious||reply 96||01/03/2014|
Sophie Marceau's birth name is Sophie Maupu.
She struck gold with La Boum as a teen. She was super cute and fresh. She grew up to be a beautiful woman.
She is from a working-class background and acceded to wealth and a luxurious lifestyle thanks to the professional career she chose.
Because of this, some people like her, adore her even.
She is a terrible actress, however, and doesn't have the warmth or charm I would enjoy from a terrible actress to find her likeable. I run for the hills every time she opens a movie in France.
Thankfully, for an actress on that level of fame, she rarely works.
|by curious||reply 97||01/03/2014|
French actors tend to be terrible.
Mathieu Amalric is talented, I think.
Nicolas Duvauchelle seems to be pretty good, but I'm not interested in his movies.
Roschdy Zem is great.
François Cluzet is a very, very good actor.
I used to like Bernard Giraudeau (and would love to hear DL's take on this very complex man).
|by curious||reply 98||01/03/2014|
[quote]She struck gold with La Boum as a teen. She was super cute and fresh. She grew up to be a beautiful woman.
[quote]She is from a working-class background and acceded to wealth and a luxurious lifestyle thanks to the professional career she chose.
Aren't most of the actresses from that time working class? Sandrine Bonnaire?
Nicolas Duvauchelle, Roschdy Zem, François Cluzet, Bernard Giraudeau... damn, never heard of them, I have to check them out.
|by curious||reply 99||01/03/2014|
R95, I think 'J'me sens pas belle' was his best work, showed range and depth (and of course Marina Fois was excellent) which makes what followed even more disappointing. "Je vais bien, ne t'en fais pas" with Mélanie Laurent was OK. But the last I saw him in -- 'Henri IV' and 'Xanadu' -- were both a mess. His range is limited and he can't seem to find suitable roles.
There should be a thread on fav French actors/performance, non? Or perhaps I've missed it.
|by curious||reply 100||01/03/2014|
We can barely keep this thread going, R100.
Are there really that few French people here? We need some more gossip!
|by curious||reply 101||01/04/2014|
No gossip, just cute bloopers (betisiers as they say in France) of Romain Duris.
|by curious||reply 103||01/05/2014|
I'm looking forward to seeing Binoche in Sils Maria to be released in a few months - primarily because JB says its the most beautiful script she's ever read.
|by curious||reply 104||01/05/2014|
Binoche pitched the idea for the film to Assayas (she may be talking about it at the link you provided). He has been one of my favorite young French filmmakers since I saw his retrospective at the Walter Reade in NYC in the mid 90s (followed by Irma Vep at the NYFF), but he is one of those filmmakers who goes from great to mediocre, from film to film.
I wish he didn't cast Kristen Stewart in Sils Maria!
|by curious||reply 105||01/06/2014|
R101 It's hard to have french gossips about actors cause their private life is much more protected in France and people care less.
Moreover people don't really care about who is gay who isn't even with the debate about gay marriage last year.
|by curious||reply 106||01/06/2014|
Julien Boisselier is a huge dick and a major cokehead, so was his ex melanie laurent I don't know if she still does coke but she really believed in her own hype and quickly became insufferable.
Louis Garrel looks like he's depressed all the time and has a dubious hygiene.
Raphael french singer married to actress melanie thierry is unfaithful to her.
Lea Seydoux is an untalented ungrateful idiot.
Daniel Bhrul is a player.
|by curious||reply 107||01/06/2014|
Daniel Bruhl isn't french, is german.
|by curious||reply 108||01/06/2014|
I know but he's European and I have some dirt on him
|by curious||reply 109||01/06/2014|
That was awesome, R107. Thanks.
Anything on Grégoire Colin? Chiara Mastroianni and Vincent Lindon?
|by curious||reply 110||01/06/2014|
Ok, but then give us some details. You say a lot of things but don't prove much.
|by curious||reply 111||01/06/2014|
All Frenchmen have dubious hygiene.
Lea Seydoux is sex on a stick.
|by curious||reply 112||01/06/2014|
Yes she was very sexy in MI sequel. She probably would be a star even if she didn't have a powerful Granddaddy...
Actually Daniel Bruhl was born in Spain...
|by curious||reply 113||01/06/2014|
Léa Seydoux among BAFTA’s Rising Star Nominees.
|by curious||reply 114||01/06/2014|
Seydoux only talent is to be naked in movies.
|by curious||reply 115||01/06/2014|
|by curious||reply 116||01/06/2014|
Seydoux's got a killer body.
|by curious||reply 117||01/06/2014|
For R110: I believe Grégoire Colin is married, in any case he got married some years ago. In an unrelated incident, he slept with a friend of mine.
She hadn't much to report.
|by curious||reply 118||01/06/2014|
How is Ludivine Sagnier regarded in France? I must say, I did not like her in Swimming Pool (acting in English is not her strong suit) or Love Crime.
|by curious||reply 119||01/06/2014|
More on Daniel Brühl please! Who is Spanish-German from what I heard. I get from him the same bisexual, opportunistic vibe that I get from Jérémie Renier (Belgian actor). Not that either is without talent.
|by curious||reply 120||01/06/2014|
Thanks, R118. He lost his looks rather fast, but I still find him enigmatic. I love that Claire Denis finds a way to have him in almost all her films.
|by curious||reply 121||01/06/2014|
Major thanks to R107, keep it coming (no matter what the nationality - we'll figure out who they are).
Just from watching her acceptance speech at the Césars, I got that Mélanie Laurent was a major, major drug addict - at least at the time. And it got me wondering about Boisselier, though I wouldn't have guessed it for him.
|by curious||reply 122||01/06/2014|
I know two people who went to school with Ludivine Sagnier. She was a good student, smart unpretentious and fun, very much into theatre and they agree that she deserved what lucky break she got. I used to like her as an actress when she was younger, both in 8 Femmes and Swimming Pool.
|by curious||reply 123||01/06/2014|
Vincent Lindon is notorious for being plagued with nervous twitches on his face all the time. It only stops when he is acting in movies (actually, I'm not even sure it stops then). Just watch any TV interview of him.
He comes from a powerful, literate family.
He dated Caroline of Monaco in the early 90s, but you probably already know all this.
|by curious||reply 124||01/06/2014|
Assayas is, to me, the most talented director in France today. Loved L'Heure d'été and Fin août, début septembre, and I've not even seen Demonlover nor Les destinées sentimentales, Carlos, Irma Vep...
|by curious||reply 125||01/06/2014|
That's nice to hear, R123. I will think of Ludivine Sagnier in a different light from now on.
I did not know that Vincent Lidon was with Caroline of Monaco way back, R124. Maybe because I think of him as being married to Sandrine Kiberlain, which he was until a couple of years ago.
|by curious||reply 126||01/06/2014|
Oh yeah, the acceptance speech of Melanie Laurent: the twitches, the snorts, the locked jaw... As someone who's been hitting the same slopes, I know when I see one hurtling down into the same valley!
|by curious||reply 127||01/06/2014|
You haven't seen his best films, R125!
If you are in France maybe you can get hold of his early films: Cold Water, A New Life, Disorder, Paris at Dawn. Cold Water and A New Life are extraordinary.
|by curious||reply 128||01/06/2014|
It wasn't long after Mélanie Laurent gushed at Boisselier while accepting her César (it's on Youtube, cringeworthy, award presented to her btw by Vincent Lindon) that she left him for Irish musician Damien Rice. Her father is the voice of a dozen characters on the French Simpsons.
Her PR went into overdrive after Inglorious Basterds, how she was a multi-talented genius, could write, direct, compose, sing, etc. Last year had a baby, the father a film technician.
Boisselier is now with minor actress Clémence Thioly almost half his age.
Love Vincent Lindon, more recently in 'Welcome' and 'Mademoiselle Chambon', although he's ageing fast. Highly recommend Chambon in which he plays a quiet married construction worker helping to take care of his father, and who falls for the schoolteacher -- a tad depressing though. See link for write up and clip in NYTimes. He is indeed very well connected, great grandparents diamond merchants and connected to Citroen.
|by curious||reply 129||01/06/2014|
Isn't Daniel Bruhl openly gay? I'm sure I read an interview where he talked about his male partner running their bar/restaurant in Berlin.
|by curious||reply 130||01/07/2014|
Melanie Laurent slept with Tarantino and Ewan McGregor. She thought that Tarantino could help her career a la Cotillard. He just used her. She hated in the industry, even Catherine Deneuve can't stand her and thinks that Melanie is overrated.
Isabelle Adjani is afraid of aging, that is her obsession. The surgery ruined her face, too much botox on the cheeks. Adjani was dumped by Daniel Day Lewis by fax after he learned that she got pregnant. She never really recovered from that. She and Sharon Stone hated each other on the set of diabolique. She's a great actresses. One of the best french actresses.
Like i said before, Lea Seydoux is overrated and boring.
Tahar Rahim is married to actress Leila Bekhti, they're very private.
|by curious||reply 131||01/08/2014|
I was checking some Vincent Lindon interviews for his facial ticks and they seem very mild, almost undetectable to my eye. He is perfect rugged type. I don't know if he got himself into shape for Les Salauds, or if he is naturally fit, but he looks great for a guy in his late 50s.
Melanie Laurent's US career kind of fizzled. And yet Diane Kruger, who gave a much better, yet overlooked, performance in Inglorious Basterds is doing great.
Cotillard is so much better when she acts in French. I wonder how much longer will her US career go.
American directors get infatuated with French actresses, but it never really lasts. Cotillard is doing better than most so far.
|by curious||reply 132||01/08/2014|
R130 Not out. That was supposedly a friend. He has a girlfriend named Felicitas Rombold.
|by curious||reply 133||01/08/2014|
R131, I wasn't sure about Laurent and McGregor. I know they were papped looking cosy, or at least Laurent was, but did not see much else written up. Not surprised about Tarantino, she did everything except unzip his braguette on the red carpet.
When I saw Adjani in 'La journée de la jupe', at first I did not recognize her. I admire Jeanne Moreau for having the guts not to get cut up, or ever so slightly (maybe the eyes?). Of course she has great hair and gets anything she wants from Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, etc. Still kicking and 'engagée' despite her 85 years and millions of Gauloises. She and Philippe Noiret are my absolute loves in French cinéma.
|by curious||reply 134||01/08/2014|
Lea Seydoux is fucking former model Andre Meyer. Not good looking. But the word is he's hung like a horse
|by curious||reply 135||01/09/2014|
I find quite fascinating DL obsession with Julien Boisselier or Grégoire Collin who are two very minor french actors. I would have understand with Dujardin, Cassel or Magimel but not Boisselier and I like him.
|by curious||reply 136||01/10/2014|
Seydoux was nominated for a Rising Star BAFTA Award a few days ago. She's the real deal and gorgeous.
|by curious||reply 137||01/10/2014|
Dujardin looked old in Wolf of Wall sTREET
|by curious||reply 138||01/10/2014|
[quote]I find quite fascinating DL obsession with Julien Boisselier or Grégoire Collin who are two very minor french actors. I would have understand with Dujardin, Cassel or Magimel but not Boisselier and I like him.
Maybe because Dujardin and Cassel have international fame and have been discussed on DL a lot. Magimel is mostly known because of The Piano Teacher, I think.
I was trying to remember the title of a film I saw a dozen years ago. It was 60 something minutes long and it was a story about a young guy who works in a, possibly family owned, bakery, but dreams of a better life. He ends up running away from home and joining a gang. They have him do petty work until one day he is raped by one of the gangsters. At the end of the film he is back working in the bakery. For some reason I thought Magimel played the kid, but I can't find the film on his imdb page. Does anyone have any idea what film I'm thinking of?
|by curious||reply 139||01/10/2014|
It's funny how lesbians never gave Seydoux any attention until she played a lesbian in a film. All of a sudden she's the most beautiful creature on the planet. Until she gets a steady boyfriend, that is. And she will.
|by curious||reply 140||01/10/2014|
 She already has it. Andre Meyer ex former model. Not hot but with a huge dick, so they used to be the word in the fashion biz. Girl's lucky
|by curious||reply 142||01/10/2014|
This isn't Seydoux's first Lesbian bent role. She's locked lips with other chicks in other films.
|by curious||reply 143||01/10/2014|
[quote][R139], I think it's "Le Petit voleur" (with Nicolas Duvauchelle).
Yes, that's the one. Thank you. Eric Zonca is the director.
|by curious||reply 144||01/10/2014|
It seems that french actress Julie Gayet has a relation with french President François Hollannde. Lol, girl deserves better than him.
|by curious||reply 145||01/10/2014|
I wonder what his bitchy companion has to say about that.
|by curious||reply 146||01/10/2014|
I was fascinated with Grégoire Colin since the mid-nineties, but that was probably because of his enigmatic looks. And, if you're a Claire Denis fan, I imagine you can easily become a fan of Grégoire Colin.
As for Boisselier, I really, really don't understand it.
|by curious||reply 147||01/10/2014|
Seydoux is very famous in France. I'd say lesbians took note when she did Les Adieux à la reine, where she is madly obsessed with Diane Kruger playing Marie-Antoinette.
|by curious||reply 148||01/10/2014|
From the Guardian, regarding Hollannde's affair:
[quote]Even the seemingly upstanding Valéry Gistard d'Estaing, president from 1974-81, was rumoured to have as many mistresses as Paris has salons. In the infamous "Milk lorry" case of September 1974, d'Estaing was at the wheel of a borrowed Ferrari driving through Paris with a mysterious woman in the passenger seat, when he pranged it in a collision with a milk lorry at 5am. The woman's identity has never been confirmed, but she was rumoured to be a famous French actress.
Who is the famous French actress? Any guesses?
|by curious||reply 149||01/10/2014|
What about Nathalie Richard? There was some interest in her in the US right after Irma Vep (she was in a very low budget indie film shot in NYC and directed by someone I knew) and then nothing.
|by curious||reply 150||01/10/2014|
Claudia Cardinale , so insanely gorgeous in Visconti's Il Gattopardo, is supposed to have been Jacques Chirac's lover.
|by curious||reply 151||01/10/2014|
Anouk Aimée is my guess for Giscard d'Estaing's mistress in 1974, which would mean she was cheating on then husband Albert Finney.
|by curious||reply 152||01/10/2014|
Could people stop with Seydoux. No, she isn't very famous in France as she only does indy boring movies.
|by curious||reply 153||01/10/2014|
R153, there are few posters, most likely lesbians, who drool over her. It shall pass.
|by curious||reply 154||01/10/2014|
All French movies are indie movies. Duh. The industry in France isn't that big.
|by curious||reply 155||01/10/2014|
Seydoux has... how to say in english... bit of a cow face.
|by curious||reply 156||01/10/2014|
Anything on Carole Bouquet?
|by curious||reply 157||01/10/2014|
There are plenty of "commercial" movies in France, and Seydoux isn't in any of them. Her Belle et la Bête, opening "soon", might be her first. Maybe the movie opened already... I saw a few posters.
|by curious||reply 158||01/10/2014|
She was furious when Depardieu was rumoured to have cheated on her with Fanny Ardant, who he was doing a play with, sometime around 2002 or 2006 (can't remember exactly when this was. Probably 2002).
Then again, that's a perfectly normal reaction.
She wasn't too pleased with the phone tapping scandal some years ago, and again that's perfectly understandable.
|by curious||reply 159||01/10/2014|
Going back to OP's post: who are Cassel and Bellucci dating now that they're divorced? Such good looking people can't be single for too long.
|by curious||reply 160||01/10/2014|
Concerning Hollande-Gayet, I take back what I wrote earlier about French gossip media being timid.
Only film I saw her in was the insipid 2004 rom com 'Clara et moi.'
|by curious||reply 161||01/10/2014|
On second thought, as Gayet was playing a cancer patient, I suppose it was a drama rather than a rom com.
|by curious||reply 162||01/10/2014|
Any gossip about Francois Ozon? Love his movies.
|by curious||reply 163||01/10/2014|
Did you see the last one, R163? I thought it was pretty bad.
|by curious||reply 164||01/11/2014|
Every French President in my life time has had a mistress while in office. LOL.
|by curious||reply 165||01/11/2014|
Don't most married people have lovers? Except Hollande never married, he's been in relationships that were public but he has never been married.
This is very common in France. People spend years and years together, have kids and raise them together, but don't necessarily get married.
|by curious||reply 166||01/11/2014|
Seydoux's also has a role in Saint Laurent and is filming a new movie in English. Her star is rising.
|by curious||reply 167||01/11/2014|
We got it, R167.
If you want, I will create a Seydoux thread for you, but, please, let us talk about the rest of French cinema.
|by curious||reply 168||01/11/2014|
So talk about it then. Depardieu is fat, Adjani lost her looks.
|by curious||reply 169||01/11/2014|
Thank you, we will, R169.
Keep going, cinephiles.
|by curious||reply 170||01/11/2014|
Any info on Johan Libereau - shows his body off in practically every film he is in!
|by curious||reply 171||01/25/2014|
I watched Under the Rainbow on the plane from Rome to NYC. I had no idea Agnès Jaoui (how the fuck do you pronounce her surname?) and Jean-Pierre Bacri are married. The film is so, so, but the two of them clearly have a good time working together. They have a great sense of humor, too.
Agnès Jaoui was in an indie New York film. Hers were night scenes, as far as I can recall, and she was pretty much stoned during all of them.
|by curious||reply 172||01/25/2014|
I forgot to say that Benjamin Biolay is in Jaoui's film. What's his deal? He used to be cute. He looked bloated and old in the film.
|by curious||reply 173||01/25/2014|
About Johan Libereau: I know nothing about him first-hand, but I once saw him (maybe 2011, 2012) waiting for someone outside gare Saint-Lazare. To be honest, at that moment, and in his movies, he seemed every bit the streetwalker.
Olivier Martinez, who I once saw making a show of himself at gare de Lyon, seemed more like a high-class gigolo.
|by curious||reply 174||01/27/2014|
Marlène Jobert,Eva Green's mother, was rumored to be the "one" in the front seat.
|by curious||reply 175||09/13/2014|
Sorry answer to (149)
|by curious||reply 176||09/13/2014|
r149 s'il vous plait.
|by curious||reply 177||09/13/2014|
Time to bump this in hope of French critic returning.
|by curious||reply 178||12/26/2014|
I'll bump this thread before they close it... Hey French Critic, where the fuck are you? Some of us around here would pay to read your prose!
In the meantime, I'll add my 2 cents about things I read in the main FC's thread (link below):
Etienne Daho (not an actor but a singer) was being talked about and I'll concur: I saw him many times at le Queen on the Champs Elysées when it was still a gay night club. He did not look healthy at all, wasted all in all a little rattled. However in comparison to...
Véronique Sanson (still not an actor but a singer, also discussed in the original thread), I would say he looked blissful. It was the end of the 90s and I saw Veronique Sanson twice at the same bar (Amnésia Café - rue Vieille du Temple - closed venue in the meantime) and boy! was she an absolute mess.
Both times around 4-ish pm and girl was beyond wasted, crying, tumbling all over the place. It was cringeworthy. The first time it happened, I felt really sad. The second time, maybe three to six month later, still early-mid-afternoon, there she was again, at the same spot, in the same sad wrecked state, it was like déjà vu all over again (I love pleonasms). The second time I sensed she wouldn't be among us for much longer, that was horrible to witness. I'm amazed (and relieved) to say that she's still around today. Pfew! Still a close call.
And last thing I know is about actor Michel Blanc. A friend of mine was living just across the street of his apartment near rue de Montorgueil and he was living with a black guy (sorry cannot say Afro-American since we don't have the PC equivalent and Afro-American would not be correct).
Now, as a tribute to French Critic, one of his most hilarious quote (about singer Catherine Lara)
[quote]Robin's ex, singer Catherine Lara is just her opposite. Think Joan Jett with white hair, a man's suit and a violin. Oh and no closet whatsoever save the one for her leather jacket. When the French media tried to put her into one, she gleefully kicked the door open back. All-time favorite quote, on live TV in the early 80s: "What do I prefer most in men? Their women."
FC is a fucking riot!
|by curious||reply 179||08/21/2015|