Tag Archives: France

The Oracle Glass by Judith Merkle Riley

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Genevieve, a skinny, precocious little monkey with a mind full of philosophy and the power to read the swirling waters of an oracle glass, is taken in by La Voisin, an ingenious occultist and omnipotent society fortune-teller. … Continue reading

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Runa by Vera Buck

Synopsis: Mental health clinic Salpêtrière in Paris. A young medicine student from Switzerland called Jori helps the powerful and famous director Charcot to prepare his famous lectures by collecting fresh batch of patients from their homes. Jori is doubly motivated … Continue reading

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Movie review: The Girl on the Train (La Fille du RER) (2009) directed by Andre Techine

This movie has nothing to do with The Girl on the Train directed by Tate Taylor and  released in 2016. Nothing whatsoever. Still I do admit I found it while searching for the former. I don’t regret it, to be … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Ratatouille by Brad Bird

Synopsis: It’s hard being a rat, let alone a rat with culinary aspirations. After all the paths of rats and humans should never cross. Still Remy, a small but sympathetic rodent, is convinced he has what it takes to break … Continue reading

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The Affair of the Diamond Necklace

Sometimes diamonds really are not a girl’s best friends – this essay is going to prove that much. It has three main leads: a necklace, a queen and a con artist. Let’s start with the necklace because, although it was just … Continue reading

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