"It's a love letter straight from the heart to the films, actors, directors, composers, writers and cinematographers who have played such a significant role in French film history." — Screen Daily
Note: this film is a true journey at 3 hrs, 21 min, so buckle up and enjoy the ride!
Writer-director Bertrand Tavernier is truly one of the grand auteurs of the movies. His experience is vast, his knowledge is voluminous, his love is inexhaustible and his perspective is matched only by that of Martin Scorsese. This magnificent, epic documentary has been a lifetime in the making. Tavernier knows his native cinema inside and out, from the giants like Renoir, Godard, and Melville (for whom he worked as an assistant) to now overlooked and forgotten figures like Edmund T. Gréville and Guy Gilles, and his observations and reminiscences are never less than penetrating and always deeply personal.
"Its explanatory title doesn’t begin to convey just how exhilarating or inspiring a documentary this truly is." - New York Times
"The film swoons with passion for Gallic films and filmmaking." - Time Out
"A feast for everybody who loves classic Gallic movies. This is certainly true. But it's also a movie for people who just plain love movies." - Christian Science Monitor
"Whoever you are, you'll learn a lot." - Chicago Tribune
"Anyone with an eye for grace, industry, resilience, rich shadows, and strong cigarettes should go along." - New Yorker
"A film lover's feast: informative, enthralling and inspiring." - The List