May 2008

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#Down In The Hole

HBO's cult series The Wire cuts across both sides of the law in its depiction of Baltimore's drug scene. Kent Jones celebrates a 60-hour epic that rises beyond the level of good TV

#French Cinema Now: French Exceptions

The range of French film-making is much more extraordinary than the titles that turn up in an art cinema near you. Jonathan Romney unearths some of the riches we're missing

She comes in colours

Is Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky the fluffy comedy critics have hailed or does its portrait of a bubbly London primary-school teacher have a darker edge? Dave Calhoun asks the director about quitting the suburbs, politics and his desire to move on to bigger budgets and a wider canvas

French cinema now: Unbelievable but real: the legacy of '68

Forty years on, the legacy of May '68 is still a topic for heated debate - and who better to line the barricades than France's leading directors and critics? S&S discusses French cinema past and present with Catherine Breillat, Michel Ciment, Jean-Michel Frodon, Eugène Green, Nicolas Klotz and Agnès Varda PLUS Chris Darke puts the events into perspective and Penelope Houston reports on the year the Cannes competition entered meltdown

French cinema now: Abominable glory

Catherine Breillat is the last director you might expect to turn to costume drama - but helped by Asia Argento, she brings sex and sensuality to The Last Mistress. By Jonathan Romney

French cinema now: Intimate connections

Parisian chic or Provençal shtick - how has the French cinema that reaches the UK reflected and shaped our view of life across the Channel? By Lucy Mazdon and Catherine Wheatley

French cinema now: Children of the revolution

Funded and made in France, Marjane Satrapi's film of her graphic novel Persepolis presents a poignant picture of growing up in revolutionary Iran. She talks to Ali Jaafar

Selected reviews

#DVD review: The Delirious Fictions of William Klein

Tim Lucas tunes in and turns on to the kaleidoscopic imagery and multi-layered delirium of William Klein

#Private Property

Ginette Vincendeau celebrates an austere family drama that opens a new chapter in Belgian social realism and features a keynote performance by Isabelle Huppert as a mother caught between duty and desire

Reviews in this issue:

  • 10,000 BC
  • The Accidental Husband
  • The Assembly
  • Awake
  • Beaufort
  • Captain Eager and the Mark of Voth
  • Caramel
  • Cashback
  • DVD review: The Delirious Fictions of William Klein
  • The Devil Came on Horseback
  • Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!
  • The Eye
  • The Go Master
  • Happy-Go-Lucky
  • Heartbeat Detector
  • Honeydripper
  • Hope
  • The Hottie & the Nottie
  • In Bruges
  • Jodhaa Akbar
  • Joy Division
  • The Last Mistress
  • Lonesome Jim
  • Manufactered Landscapes
  • Meet the Spartans
  • P2
  • Persepolis
  • Private Property
  • Protégé
  • Redacted
  • Ruby Blue
  • Semi-pro
  • Shine a Light
  • Smart People
  • Son of Man
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles
  • Step Up 2 The Streets
  • Stop-loss
  • Terror's Advocate
  • XXY
  • [Rec]
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