“A rare filmmaker”.
Angels and Demons of the Inner City
This documentary has the haunting beauty of Pasolini’s first films.
Frédéric Laffont’s film is a masterpiece that should be shown on our cinema screens. There are none of the usual cliches. F.L. proves it: no subject is hackneyed when it is moved by this kind of passion.
Le Point : The director, FL, has made a challenging film. It deals a blow to well-meaning sentiment and preconceived ideas about law and order.
Le Chef’s secrets
Télé 7 jours :
More than just a delight to the senses, something is happening here, a message is being transmitted: that alchemy that occasionally materialises between a director, a virtuoso of sound and image, and an inspired man.
Hurly-Burly on land and sea
This evening Frederic Laffont gives us not a little pleasure but a very big one.
Difficult to summarize this so rich and so beautiful documentary from Frederic Laffont. The director has the unrivaled talent, in just a few shots, to bring to life a neighbour or friend who just crosses the film. Hurly-Burly on Land and Sea is a magnificent homage to magicians of the ordinary, unbelievably gifted at producing happiness.
Le Nouvel Obs :
A dazzling success. after this documentary there can be no excuse for talking about television in general as it has been the custom to do. Laffont abstains from all comment and makes no sustained judgements preferring to lure CNN into something like their own trap by letting the pictures speak for themselves. The need for brilliant dissidents like Frédéric Laffont and a haven like Arte to welcome them has, tragically, never seemed so great.
Le Monde : Frederic Laffont opts for no comments. Instead, He lets the images speak for themselves, mimicking in some ways the CNN approach. The system and the philosophy of CNN reveal themselves in a remarkable and disturbing documentary.»
Cursed be closed eyes
La Vie :
«The repercussions are like throwing a stone in a pond with its infinite shock waves.»
Captain W. Astronaute
National Air and Space Museum : It is one of the best astronaut biographies I have seen. I thought it was humorous without mocking the subject. It allowed Wally to tell his own story. It was a pleasure to watch this program.
What do boxers dream about?
Presented in 12 rounds, in a boxing club in a parisian suburb. It’s a KO, a winner.
God, GPO box, Jerusalem
La Croix :
In this film by Frédéric Laffont, for Zanzi bar, we discover a similar approach to that used in his film «Beirut, bullets and balls», winner of the Nymphe d’Or at the Monte-Carlo Festival. He uses the same sensitive approach, one of the utterdedication and perfection, in order to master a complex reality.
Interval in Prague’s Chateau
Le Pélerin :
A truly original documentary.
Beirut, bullets and balls
Le Monde :
Here is a very talented director: from detail, from one confession to another, from a supporter’s shout to a poetic thought, FL gives an allegorical depth which turns a film about soccer into his film about Lebanon."
One year filming, 5 months editing, 150 hours of rushes. When Christophe de Ponfilly and Frédéric Laffont embark on a film, they take their time to look around, to listen ad observe. The style of these freelance directors, both having won Albert Londres Award, has imposed itself as a reference.
Dust of Wars
Le Figaro :
Christophe de Ponfilly and Frédéric Laffont have hunted down, on both side, the scars left by the absurd Afghan-Soviet conflict. A formidable task with an admirable result.
VSD : A magnificent piece of work. The spirit of an outstanding documentary in the real sense of the word.