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Danièle explores 'the intimacy of men' by Richard Mowe

7 April 2017 8:33 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Guillaume Gallienne as the older Cézanne with director Danièle Thompson: 'It was a journey of discovery: I had no idea that Cézanne originally wanted to be a writer and Zola wanted to be a painter' Photo: Unifrance

She has become French cinema “royalty” with an impeccable pedigree. Danièle Thompson’s father Gérard Oury was one of the country’s most successful directors whose wartime frolic La Grande Vadrouille from 1966 scored more than 17 million box office admissions - and she had her first experience of a film set working on the hit comedy. Thompson’s mother was actress Jacqueline Roman - and her father, who died in 2006, later married the iconic Michèle Morgan.

Danièle Thompson: 'The quality of TV today has improved enormously. Look at your Downton Abbey - it is a writer’s dream' Photo: Unifrance Her son Christopher is an actor and director (together they worked on »

- Richard Mowe

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Dany Boon on ‘Raid: Special Unit,’ ‘Une Jolie Ch’tite Famille’ (Exclusive)

14 January 2017 8:04 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — “Does anyone have any question?” Dany Boon asked on Friday introducing “Raid, Special Unit” at the UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris.

A woman put up her hand and said how much she had enjoyed the film, that she was back to see it a second time.

“Thank you very much,” said Boon, translating her comments into English, then joked : “And that by the way, that is my sister.”

Even when just uttering a few words by way of presentation of a film, Boon still has something of the air, passion and techniques of a stand-up comedian, which is how he began in the entertainment business.

Boon’s fifth feature as a director – he pronounced “fifth” in perfect English, showing the benefits of having established his base in Los Angeles with wife Yael Boon – “Raid, Special Unit” is perhaps inevitably a comedy. It currently rates as very »

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