- The Army of Crime. Robert Guédiguian at his best, with his take on a true French Resistance story.
- Father of My Children. Quite sublime, works on multiple levels. Justly compared to Summer Hours.
- Ricky. A beautiful addition to the oeuvre of one of France's most interesting directors, screening in Melbourne at ACMI.
- White Material. If, like me, you're a Claire Denis fan, this is must-see. For others, as per my category title, it's still definitely worth-seeing.
- Wild Grass. An eclectic take on love and longing that may be must-see for Alain Resnais devotees - I'm not yet, but my affection is growing after seeing this.
- Making Plans for Lena. Honoré at his best, one of his most accessible yet uncompromising films.
- Tomorrow at Dawn. Very clever psychological thriller worthy of Hitchcock.
- Bellamy. More Hitcockian influence, but slow-burn and more mystery than suspense.
- Korkoro. A new multi-layer angle on WWII, combining gypsies and the resistance.
GOOD FUN/SOCIAL ENTERTAINMENT VALUE
- OSS 177, Lost in Rio. Just for laughs, a James Bond-type spoof.
- First Snow. Good one to see with your kids.
- Every Jack Has a Jill. Silly title, silly film but worth seeing for Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds).
- Lucky Luke. Good fun for kids; gets a bit silly for adults-only.
- Micmacs. Good fun for all ages; not his best but probably Jeunet's most mainstream film.
- Little Nicolas. Entertaining, one for the kids.
- Regrets. I didn't like it at all, but I can see that others might.
- Skirt Day. Good ideas, but not well-executed.
- I’m Glad My Mother Is Alive. OK, but flat - better suited for television.