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GRAND FROID (2017)

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A film by Gérard Pautonnier

Cast: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Arthur Dupont, Féodor Atkine, Olivier Gourmet

English: Extreme cold (But the title is going to be Back in business)

In a small town in the middle of nowhere, Edmond Zweck’s business is almost going to of business.  The company now has only two employees: Georges, Zweck’s right-hand man and Eddy (Jean-Pierre Bacri) and, a young man still novice in the trade. One fine morning, however, a dead man and his family arrives. And they are back in business  . Georges and Eddy are responsible for leading the deceased to his last abode. But in search of the cemetery that can not be found, the funeral convoy goes astray and the journey turns into a fiasco.

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For his first feature film, Gérard Pautonnier makes the daring bet to amuse us with the most frightening subject for us poor mortals that is called death  and he succeeds hands down! Adapting the novel of Joël Egloff Edmond Ganglion & fils, he keeps the tone squeaky and offbeat and drags us into a deadly road-movie that is not fatal. If the rhythm is uneven, an unpredictable scenario and an upscale casting with a comedy who has a welcoming originality. In an unlikely setting in an European small city where there not too many habitants in a vast desert like a western where some colourful characters are going to surface. And that is what makes all the charm of this film. “Death is not contagious, it is hereditary” as one character said in the film, here is a film that will worm your heart sort of speak. This film is going to give you a sunburn on the glittering subject of death.

 

 

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AVA (2017)

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A film by Léa Mysius

Cast: Noée Abita, Laure Calamy, Juan Cano

Ava is is a really good example of an experimental film that remind to film critics why they fell in love with cinema.

Set against the backdrop of France’s sunny Atlantic Coast, we get to be  introduces us to 13-year-old Ava (Noée Abita) as she lies on a bustling local beach one summer’s afternoon. She is on vacation , an opportunity for her to bask in a newfound freedom, but then, suddenly after going to the eye doctor, Ava learns that she will soon lose her eyesight. Her mother, Maud (Laure Calamy), into her own little world by her ongoing search to find a new boyfriend, insists on acting as if everything is fine, so as to ensure, she says, that they have the “best summer ever”. Ava, however, has other ideas.

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It is a warm film with humour but has the rebel side that is going to be flourishing soon after. The film goes through Ava’s fear of loosing her sight meets the local hood, Juan (Juan Cano), who camps out on the beach, awakens a flame in her that cannot be extinguished. They are going to be lovers and later partner in crime.The route Mysius’ narrative takes will likely be unpredictable it goes with the film vast nature decor. Ava sometimes evokes memories of Malik’s Badlands: hazy & hypnotic with a little mix of Davis lynch now and then. A beautiful captivating debut for Léa Mysius which I hope will never cease to amaze us and that she never stop experimenting.

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CE QUI NOUS LIE (2017)

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A film by Cédric Klapisch

Cast: Pio Marmaï, Ana Girardot, François Civil, Jean-Marc Roulot

English: What links us. 

Jean left his family and his native bourgogne  ten years ago to go around the world. When he learns of the imminent death of his father, he returns to the land of his childhood. He finds his sister, Juliette, and his brother, Jeremie. Their father died just before the harvest began. In the space of a year, at the rate of the seasons that are linked, these 3 young adults will find or reinvent their fraternity, flourishing and ripening at the same time as the wine they make.

It is much more than a summer film here. and I love film about wine as I am typing this I am drinking a red wine Les Ormes de Cambras Cabernet Sauvignon Pays d’oc 2016 . It is pretty good but if I age the other bottles it is going to be awesome wine. First the director had to find a location to film and did he going it an actor Jean-Marc Roulot who happens to owned a vineyard how lucky can you get and yes he plays in it. Of course the script calls for a biologique wine. The film took one year to film because Cédric Klapisch wanted to show the season in real-time. smart move more realism there plus the actors had to be trained for the job. 

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Three human beings: two brothers with a sister who is the boss, the title of the film in What linked us, words that are stuck with  five names: those of brothers Jean (Pio Marmai) and Jérémie (François Civil) and sister Juliet (Ana Girardot) Valverde (Alicia) the sister-in-law, wife of Jérémy and Marcel (Jean-Marc Roulot) and without whom the film could not have been what it is! It is a journey of Jean back and forth between present and past , it is the evocation of a father and a grandfather, their conceptions of wine. It is a sort of rebirth to reconnect with his family and his father who is now dead. A few thing that the brother and sister are going to discover along the way and at times it is funny as hell. Also what are they are going to do keep going with the family business or sell it, and if their sister is up to the chanllenge to become the boss.  This film will get you drunk without drinking but consume it without moderation.

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LES ORGRES (2016)

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A film by Léa Fehner

Cast: François Fehner, Marion Bouvarel, Marc Barbé, Adèle Haenel

The Davaï Théâtre crosses France to interpret The Bear of Chekhov. In this troop of actors who are full of life, have fun doing their play, parties after hours, when suddenly an actress goes back in play will suddenly woke some events that was buried within each of them.

In her second feature film Fehner here goes back to her childhood where her sister and her parents where travelling and  grew up in this theatre troupe traveling all over France. The song here are perfect for this film it interpret freedom. And here is a dazzling piece of art, brilliantly directed I might add.

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The film becomes this car chase living it up, boozing, sexed people who travel the freedom road, live day-to-day and have fun acting at night. They will do parade to promote their theatre pass fliers and even interacts with the people of the town. they will in the evening performs (Checkhov Cabaret), than drinking around the tent to hangovers and tidying up the day after the party, and packed up to got to the next town. Yes there is the occasional yelling at each other followed by stubborn dreams and disappointments to be overcome. The birth of a child is going to stress the whole troupe. The intensity of their happiness and drama, their passion for theatre that contaminates every waking moment of their lives, which has an all-consuming appetite for human interaction, with strong egos rubbing shoulders for better or for worse. Of course Fehner’s sister and parents are in this film they are still doing what they do best. The director here was born into it. Lived it. Is a matter of fact Léa Fehner’s father is the director of the troop. A bold film that will fascinate. 

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L’AMANT DOUBLE (2017)

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A film by François Ozon

Cast: Marine Vacth, Jérémie Renier, Jacqueline Bisset

English: The double lover

Chloe, a fragile and depressed young woman, undertakes psychotherapy and falls in love with her psychiatrist, Paul. A few months later, they settle down together, but she discovers that her lover has hidden some of her identity.

Here Ozon did not win at the Cannes films festival but adapted the screenplay from  the novel Lives of the Twins by  Rosamond Smith, this stylish over-the-top genre cocktail combines satire, melodrama, tongue-in-cheek horror tropes, and a hell of a visual especially at the beginning of the film has done a hell of a thriller here where you are going to have a good time watching this extravaganza and don’t forget the wine please.

A the beginning of the film the editing is an audacious move that you have not seen before well I have not. L’Amant Double may be a film that puts one in mind of nineties erotic thrillers but there’s also a lot of Hitchcock / De Palma there too, and as this opening  Ozon put his own sauce to it. The story goes like this ,  Chloe (Marine Vacth) depressed god to a psychiatrist named Paul (Jeremy Renier) who soon fall for each other. Soon moves in together and one day Chloe discovers that Paul is hiding something. The visual here is outstanding resemble at a film like Vertigo an homage at Alfred Hitchcock of course. the film is filled to the brim with pure cinematic imagery brutally edited in such a way that it ressemble at several film at times. Ozon once said I have no intention of making a classic film. I want to experiment , I want to push boundaries and he has done just that with is film. He spends is time on human relationship here and made it a, brilliant erotic-Freudian thriller, hitchcockian just as much as naughty and quite disturbing.

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RODIN (2017)

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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.

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DE TOUTE MES FORCES (2017)

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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.

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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.

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