Les Petits Mouchoirs: French Film Review

François Cluzet is France’s answer to Robert De Niro in this long-awaited follow-up comedy-drama by actor-turned-director Guillaume Canet. His director-debut Tell No One, released in 2006 was a big hit, but this more light-hearted masterpiece had me glued to my seat for a good two and a half hours. The film was originally released in France last year, but featured this year again in selected cinemas due to popular demand.` The chuckles began as my friend leaned over during the title sequence and commented ‘the French always know how...


A picture speaks a thousand words

I’d like to make a link between two of my favourite things in life: photography and language. The phrase “a picture speaks a thousand words” travels a long way. One of my first memories of teaching English as a foreign language in France was the enthusiasm kids in the classroom showed when presenting them with photographs. It triggered discussion, questions and even laughter, all vital elements in a healthy and successful learning environment.  I think it was a more memorable experience than the average textbook-lesson too. Relating themes and...