Saturday, May 23, 2015

What's on tv

Tennis! My favorite tournament of the year, the Roland Garros grand slam (the French Open), gets under way on Sunday. Two weeks of high-end clay court action! Everyone is saying that this is Novak Djokovic's year to win. He's been looking pretty good on clay so far this season, having just won in Rome and Monte Carlo, not to mention winning the Australian grand slam in January, and Indian Wells and Miami in March. Will he do it? We'll see very soon.

French tennis star Gaël Monfils is in the fight!

What not to watch this week. Our tv magazine rates shows and movies using a star system: one star is ok, four stars is best. They use another symbol for really bad movies: the red dot. It means "à zapper" (change the channel!). The editors often include comments about the movie that make me laugh.

Lest I lead you to think that the French have it in for bad American films, here's a French bomb.

Frère et sœur (Brother and Sister). French made-for-tv movie. Directed by Denis Malleval, 2012.
With Bernard Le Coq, Roxane Potereau, and Jacques Sereys.
A fifty-something lawyer and confirmed bachelor sees his father return after a fifty year absence accompanied by a teenager who turns out to be his daughter.
This comedy that wants to be funny, but isn't, has little to offer the viewer or the main cast, except to put them ill-at-ease.
For all audiences.


  1. Well at least "Frère et sœur" is intended to put "...all audiences" ill-at-ease.

  2. mitch, it's an equal opportunity stinker. ;)


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