Posted in French film

MAL DE PIERRES (2016)

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A film by Nicole Garcia

Cast: Marion Cotillard, Louis Garrel, Alex Brendemühl

English title: From the land of the moon 

A spirited but delusional young woman in post-war France ends up in a marriage of convenience. When an illness takes her to a retreat in the Alps, she meets and falls in love with an injured soldier.

Inspired by Milena Agus’s eponymous novel, Mal de pierre tackles female desire, fantasy and ennui. set after the second world war  Gabrielle (Marion Cotillard) , a bourgeoisie country girl who lives with her parents and younger sister. She gets those crushed like a rush of morphine thought out her body and acts on it but embarrasses herself. The embarrassment causes her parents to arrange a marriage with a handsome, modest Spanish worker named Jose (Alex Brendemühl), the deal is  with the offer of cash to start his own business. Gabrielle  agrees to the match to escape from what she sees as her suffocating home.

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Gabrielle gets the stone disease (Mal de Pierre) and must go to a retreat in the Alpes where she can be treated. During her stay she falls in love with a soldier. Well here is a woman who is distant is having a hard time integrating into society to top it all off not a warm person at all. People thinks she is crazy and do not know what to do with her nor less her family. As for Jose here is a man incredibly forgiving and patient  who with the money he was given has built his own business. Here is a beautiful love story who has a hell of a beautiful photography. It is a gorgeous piece of melodrama like they used to make back in the day. The performance of Cotillard is out standing and she is back to the Cannes film festival again like every year. Her performance is pulsing and she will astonish you with it. The rest of the cast with what they had to go with well my hat goes to them. although there will be a twist in the story.

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