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RELEASES France

Dance With Him runs the show

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A love duel is topping the bill this Wednesday in French cinemas with Wild Bunch Distribution’s release of Valérie Guignabodet’s Dance With Him [+see also:
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on 308 screens, up against StudioCanal’s 252 prints of Pierre Jolivet’s Could This Be Love? [+see also:
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Feelings of a more violent nature are served up in Julien Séri’s Scorpion [+see also:
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(see news), where Clovis Cornillac attempts to gain redemption through no-holds-barred free fighting (Bac Films, 239 screens).

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Starring Mathilde Seigner and Sami Frey, Dance With Him (a Pan Européenne production) charts the trials and tribulations of a young woman who falls apart after a break-up and learns to love again through horseriding and an encounter with a former riding instructor.

Meanwhile, Could This Be Love? (see news), with Sandrine Bonnaire, Vincent Lindon, François Berléand, and Kad Merad, is a comedy about a complicated relationship between two opposites.

Screened in Venice Days (see article September 5, 2006), Jean-Pascal Hattu’s 7 Years [+see also:
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(Pyramide, 28 screens) is another sentimental film. Featuring Valérie Donzelli, Cyril Troley and Bruno Todeschini, it centres on a strange love triangle between a prisoner, his wife and a prison guard.

This week’s French new releases include Jean-Paul Fargier’s Jour après jour (lit. “Day After Day”). The film’s script was the last to be written by Jean-Daniel Pollet, who passed away in September 2004 (Pierre Grise Distribution, 4 prints).

Despite a horde of non-European releases (six US, one Australian and one Lebanese), European productions have nonetheless wriggled their way onto screens with Spanish helmer Roger Gual Remake [+see also:
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(Colifilms Diffusion, 4 prints) and Joachim Lafosse’s Private Property [+see also:
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(see article and interview with director), starring Isabelle Huppert and brothers Jérémie and Yannick Renier.

Selected in official competition at the 2006 Venice Film Festival (see article September 7), the Belgian/French co-production opens through Haut et Court on 50 screens.

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(Translated from French)

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