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RODIN (2017)



A film by Jacques Doillon

Cast: Vincent Lindon, Izïa Higelin, Séverine Caneele

This film is presented in competition at the Cannes Film Festival 2017. In Paris, in 1880, at the age of 40, Auguste Rodin received his first commission from the State: the Gate of Hell composed of figurines, some of which will make his glory as Le Baiser And The Thinker. He shares his life with Rose, his constant companion, when he meets the young Camille Claudel, his most talented pupil who quickly becomes his assistant, then his mistress.

No, Rodin certainly does not reveal a simple biopic. Doillon,  explores the most inventive and paradoxically the least appreciated period of the sculptor’s career during his lifetime, is primarily concerned with sentimental drama. At 40, the artist tackles one of his most ambitious creations: the door of Hell.  He wishes with this work to give a tangible illustration of the Circles of Hell from “The Divine Comedy” by Dante Alighieri, is a roundabout way of expressing his repressed impulses and feelings. Panting like a boxer in the ring, sometimes brusque, sometimes passionate, Rodin is interpreted to perfection by Lindon, who is this exceptional actor who nails it dead on. It is a joy to see him pulling no punches and going full blast like a torpedo. He said in an interview he had to learn how to sculpt 5 hours  a day for 5 months. Rodin was a hard worker who has a long time girlfriend , and also a mistress who was his student. Camille was crazy about Rodin and was hoping that he left his girlfriend, however Rodin had a weakness for women. Lindon here won for best actor for the measure of a man last year maybe well I do not want to jinx it for him. I hope he does.

Rodin film

Izïa Higelin, Vincent Lindon

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Here are 10 films that will mark you for life sort of speak. 

l'amant double

L’amant double  (The double lover) that is the transition but the English title might be something else A film by the great François Ozon with Jacqueline Bisset, Myriam Boyer, Jérémie Renier. The story goes like this Chloe, a fragile young woman, falls in love with her psychoanalyst, Paul. A few months later she moves in with him, but soon discovers that her lover is concealing a part of his identity. In theatre in France may 25 2017.


The meyerowitz stories

The meyerowitz stories . A film by Noah Baumbach with Adam Sandler, Grace Van Patten, Dustin Hoffman. An estranged family gathers together in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father. soon on Netflix.


Faute d'amour (2017)

Nelyubov a film by Andrey Zvyagintsev avec Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin. The story goes like this: A couple going through a divorce must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their bitter arguments. (From IMBD) . In movie theatre in September 20 2017


The Beguiled

The Beguiled a film by Sofia Coppola avec Kirsten Dunst, Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning. At a girls’ school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries, and an unexpected turn of events (from IMDB).


le redoutable

Le redoutable   (Translation the dreaded)   a film by Michel Hazanavicius with Louis Garrel, Stacy Martin, Bérénice Bejo. During the making of one of his films, French film director Jean-Luc Godard falls in love with 17-year old actress Anne Wiazemsky and later marries her (from IMDB). I have to admit the actor looks like Goddard when he was younger. In movie theatre September 13 2017.


The Killing of a Sacred Deer

The Killing of a Sacred Deer a film by Yorgos Lanthimos with Alicia Silverstone, Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell. A teenager’s attempts to bring a brilliant surgeon into his dysfunctional family take an unexpected turn (from IMDB) in movie theatre November 1st 2017.



Barbara a film by Mathieu Amalric with Mathieu Amalric, Jeanne Balibar, Lisa Ray-Jacobs. A director wants to make a biopic about the female singer Barbara (from IMDB). In movie theatre Septembre 6 2017.


in the fade

Aus dem Nichts (in the fade) a film by Fatih Akin with Diane Kruger, Numan Acar, Ulrich Tukur. Katja’s life collapses after the death of husband and son in a bomb attack. After the time of mourning and injustice, here comes the time of revenge. In movie theatre next week. Translation of the title is out of nowhere.


D'après une histoire vraie (2017)

Based on a true story a film by Roman Polanski with Eva Green, Emmanuelle Seigner, Vincent Perez. A writer goes through a tough period after the release of her latest book, as she gets involved with an obsessive admirer (from IMDB). In movie theatre next week.  It is from a book I could not find the film poster so I put the book cover.


twin peaks

Twin Peaks a film by David Leach with Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee, Kimmy Robertson. Evénement 70 anniversary in Cannes so Leach is promoting his series. Yes, yes and yes can’t wait to see that one. Picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town are stunned when their homecoming queen is murdered (from IMDB).

All the date I put in are the release date in France.What you do is put the title in the website IMDB and they will tell you what is the realise date in your country I am sure that most of you knows that by now. Just a reminder.

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De toutes mes forces

A film by Chad Chenouga

Cast: Khaled Alouach, Yolande Moreau, Laurent Xu

English: Of all my strength 

Nassim ( Khaled Alouach) first time in a Parisian high school and seems as carefree as his pals. No one suspects that in reality he has just lost his mother and returned every night to a youth center. Despite the goodwill of the director, he refuses to be assimilated by the young people of his youth center. Like a tightrope walker, Nassim sails between his two lives, which must not meet at any price.

De toutes mes forces 2

Here is a teenager who will lose his mother where not even his uncle and aunt wants to take him because they can’t. He is put in a youth center for teenager where either their parents can not take care of them or they passed away. Nassim refuses to go but has no choice. He has to do with what he has to do with. He goes to a Parisian school and does not tell his friends where he resides now. He does not want them to find out to fear that they will think less of him. Nassim wants to be different then the others but he has all for success in his life and going to want to destroy it all due to the fact he is still angry with his mother for leaving him in this mess.  Chad Chenouga follows step by step the path of the young man avoiding the clichés. By sparing himself nothing of his fears, doubts, anger and determination, he creates an immediate empathy, especially as the young Khaled Alouach, with the face of an angel and curly hair, plays him perfectly well. Yolande Moreau, full of roundness and tenderness, torn between being the mother for them and being the strict director,  cop like transports us without restrictions to the heart of this intimate drama. There is a nice little film creatively written that avoid  all the clichés.

De toutes mes forces 3

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A film by Arnaud Desplechin

Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg

English: Ismael’s Ghosts

The first film at the Cannes films festival here is Ismael’s Ghosts. The execution of this film is obsessively near perfect and it’s not conventional.

On the eve of the shooting of his new film, the life of a filmmaker is upset by the reappearance of a lost love …

It is set up as a spy film at the opening of the film but the director through you off course from the start. it is not you typical film here , he shot it unconventionally with back and forth story telling form of flashback that is going to be a little confusing at first but you are going to find your way in. His style remains refreshingly free-spirited. Ismael (Mathieu Amalric) is preparing; a scrappy but enticing drama chronicling the life of his brother, Ivan (Louis Garrel). He is also obsessed about the disappearance of his former Carlotta (Marion Cotillard) wife some 20 years ago. He is fighting not to think about it too much. Here come this woman Sylvia (Charlotte Gainsbourg) who is shy & affectionately kind-hearted lover, encourages him to keep his head above water. But somehow his former wife reappear out of nowhere. There is a bit of frustration in this film but the actors are outstanding is a matter of fact the cast is perfect. It has its up and down here and a lot of drama. This high-caliber director has this awesome creative mind here but I know some of you will not like this one. Here in France there are a lot of critics that loves it, even the audiences.



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Pictures of the 4 french films. 

French cinema has regained the taste of the Palme d’or. While it took more than twenty years to find a successor to Maurice Pialat’s “Sous le Soleil de Satan”, the Palme d’Or in 1987, the last decade saw three French directors crowned: Laurent Cantet for ” Between the Walls “in 2008, Abdellatif Kéchiche for” La Vie d’Adèle “in 2013 and finally Jacques Audiard for” Dheepan “in 2014. This year, four contenders are in the running.

Robin Campillo, with “120 Battements par minute” (120 Beats a minutes) Set in the early 1990s, the film depicts a group of HIV/AIDS activists associated with the Paris chapter of ACT UP.

Jacques Doillon, avec «Rodin» The French  sculptor just in case you did not know I can’t wait to see that one.

Michel Hazanavicus, avec «Le Redoutable» This has to be interesting. Here is why and I know one of you won’t be able to wait to see this one. During the making of one of his films, French film director Jean-Luc Godard falls in love with 17-year old actress Anne Wiazemsky and later marries her. Another one of my favorite Director and Hazanavicus has done a off beat comedy about it.

François Ozon, avec «L’Amant double» I saw the preview of this one and it looks so good plus it is François Ozon my favorite director I can not wait I know that we will be able to see it may 25th and I am so on it.

You can count on me to review all of them. I can’t wait.


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The most publicized awards are those of the official competition. About twenty films are presented to the jury of feature films, which decides the prize list. Out-of-competition feature films (special screenings and usually opening and closing films) are not eligible for rewards.

After problems of movies which accumulated too many rewards (Barton Fink in 1991, Le Pianiste in 2001), the regulation was updated. Among the seven prizes to be awarded, only one can reward two films ex-aequo (except the golden palm). And only the prize of the script or the jury can be cumulated with a price of interpretation, on derogation of the president of the festival. Hopefully you will understand this one.

The awards are: 

Camera d’or : It is the most prestigious award of the Festival, the best film of the competition.

Grand prix: The Grand Prize is the second most prestigious award of the Festival. Initially, it was to reward a more accessible film than the Palme d’Or, the distinction was never applied

Prix du jury:The jury Prize is awarded to a film of the official competition appreciated globally by the jury.

Prix d’interprétation masculine: Best actor

Prix d’interprétation féminine: best actress

Prix de la mise en scène: Best director

Prix du scénario: Best screenplay


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A little before 7 pm, this Wednesday, the Cannes Film Festival opened its doors. The members of the competition jury,  was right on time, offered their first steps to the red carpet. Will Smith, Agnes Jaoui and then Jessica Chastain or the president of the jury Pedro Almodovar were followed by the clamors of photographers and other curious people to observe the stars.


On the first day of the Cannes Film Festival, which Arnaud Desplechin opens with “Les Fantômes d’Ismaël”, the question of the selection of two films produced by Netflix in competition has quickly returned to the red carpet. Pedro Almodóvar, president of the jury, read a statement to take a firm stand on the Netflix issue, including two films in competition at the 70th Cannes Film Festival: “I do not think the Palme d’Or can be given to a film Which could not be seen on the big screen, “he said, adding,” New digital platforms must accept and obey existing rules that have already been adopted and respected by existing systems. “  Actor Will Smith said he did not see the problem too much: “I have children of 16, 18 and 24 years at home. They go to the cinema twice a week, and they watch Netflix. There is no real opposition between what they see in theaters and what they see on Netflix. At home, Netflix has only advantages: it allows them to discover movies that they would not have seen otherwise. Friday will be the presentation of the first film Netflix: Okja, from Bong Joon-Ho. On Sunday, it will be the turn of The Meyerowitz Stories, by Noah Baumbach. In other words, even if the jury does not express itself on the subject, we have not finished talking about it again. I will say this welcome to the new world. What he got a kiss from Monica, I am jealous.


Fashion faux pas


And the Jurys for the feature films are:

Pedro Almodóvar: (président du jury)  Director, From Spain

Maren Ade :Screen writer, director,produceur from Germany

Jessica Chastain: Actress , Producer, from USA

Fan Bingbing: actress, producer, from China

Agnès Jaoui : actress, screenwriter, producer, from France

Park Chan-wook: director, screenwriter, producer from South Korea

Paolo Sorrentino: director, screenwriter,  From Italy

Gabriel Yared: composer from France


The jury for Cinéfondation and short films are: 

Cinéfondation here means short film of no more of 60minutes done by student. 

Cristian Mungiu: (President du jury) Director from roumania

Clotilde Hesme: Actress from France

Barry Jenkins: Director from USA

Eric Khoo: Director, Screenwriter from Singapour

Athina Rachel Tsangari: Director from Greece


Caméra d’or

Sandrine Kiberlain (president du jury) actress from France

Patrick Blossier: Head operator From France

Elodie Bouchez: Actress from France

Guillaume Brac: Director and screenwriter from France

Thibault Carterot: Président de M141 film production of Paris from France

Fabien Gaffez: Writer and critic from France

Michel Merkt: Producer from Switzerland