29 Apr 2009
The Grocer’s Son

The Grocer’s Son

  This film is a gentle watch with all the right ingredients that make French movies such a pleasure. For a start the main character is pretty easy on the eye and the female counterpart is not bad either. The plot is nothing too heavy or violent with just the right amount of emotional angst

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9 Apr 2009
The Barometer Says Rain Ahead

The Barometer Says Rain Ahead

I have always had a thing for French barometers and their clock like faces, hand painted to reveal the weather conditions. Storms, heavy rain, mixed showers or a beautiful day – it is all I really need to know about the weather. Barometers, or the old fashioned ones at least, are generally so much more

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19 Nov 2008
French Music… Jane Birkin

French Music… Jane Birkin

Favourite French Music Serge Gainsbourg – Couleur Cafe, Comic Strip, Love and the Beat, and Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited. Jane Birkin – Je t’aime…Moi non Plus ( again with SG – her great love) and Arabesque Isabelle Boulay – Tout un Jour Carla Bruni – Quelqu’un m’a dit and Comme si de rien netait Belinda Carslile –

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17 Nov 2008
The first day is always the hardest..

The first day is always the hardest..

Oh I am tired tonight… I have been picking olives all day in the sunshine (yes, the weather was beautiful in St Remy de Provence today) but I am aching all over – the back hurts, the legs hurt and the long hot soak in the tub is only minutes away. But I don’t care

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5 Oct 2008
Il y a longtemps que je t’aime,

Il y a longtemps que je t’aime,

Kristen Scott Thomas (Four Weddings and a Funeral, A Handful of Dust, The English Patient, The Horse Whisperer and The Other Boleyn Girl) stars in this soulful movie. Aptly subtitled, ‘It is a longtime that I love you’, it is about a woman who spent fifteen years in prison and the subsequent reunion with her

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27 Aug 2008
Summer is nearly over… a good time to start.

Summer is nearly over… a good time to start.

The summer feels as if it is coming to an end in southern France – there is a definite crispness in the night air and an autumn clarity in the blue skies. I have just returned from a yoga class with my friends in the neighboring village of Eygalieres and as I drive home along the Voie

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