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  • Michel Houellebecq is France’s most famous contemporary writer, owing in part to controversy he either stirs up or can’t escape from. In 2002, he was tried for (and acquitted of) “inciting racial hatred” for calling Islam...

  • Austrian writer-director Jessica Hausner has an unerring talent for examining, skeptically but never cynically, grand notions about destiny: What we perceive as — or have convinced ourselves to be — the workings of fate, whether...

  • Flight risks abound in Pascale Ferran's charming, audacious Bird People, a film that tracks the dizzying rush to freedom of two restive souls both grounded in a particularly dreary, confining location: an airport hotel. The bulwark-like...

  • Mauvais Sang -- or "Bad Blood" -- was released in France just a few days after Leos Carax had turned 26 and certified him as the nation's reigning enfant terrible. Like its predecessor, Boy Meets Girl (1984), Mauvais Sang,...

  • For more than two decades, Alain Guiraudie has been unrivaled in depicting desires that upend convention, whether homo or hetero. Guiraudie's most sexually explicit and narratively taut work, Stranger by the Lake — which won the Best...

  • "After 40, you have to choose between your ass or your face," one offscreen spin-class participant remarks to her fellow affluent fitness enthusiasts within the first minute of writer-director Stacie Passon's poorly conceived Concussion....