It's a popular sign of alleged sophistication to find the film work of remote, exotic nations as hail it as the next big thing. Israel. Or Romania. Or Malaysia. Or wherever. It's not as hip to point out the more obvious point - that the majority of great films in history have emerged from two nations - the United States and France.
While each film industry goes through high and low periods. France, this Guardian article argues, is going through a revival at the moment, shaking itself out a relatively dry period over the past 10-15 years. The high point, Jason Solomons argues, was last May's crowning of Entre Les Murs (The Class) with the Palm d'Or at Cannes. It was the first win for a French film in 21 years. I've seen it, and it's terrific.
Entre Les Murs also inspired me to reach the same conclusion as I was pulling into a CVS a few days after seeing it. Then this article appeared arguing the same thing. It's always amazing when your thoughts in a drug store parking lot appear in print a couple days later.