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A film by Vanessa Filho

Cast: Marion CotillardAyline Aksoy-EtaixAlban Lenoir 


English: Angel face

Gueule d’Ange begins at a wedding and very quickly is going to smell like bad fish. Marlène (Marion Cotillard), a young mother of little Elli (Ayline Aksoy-Etaix), nicknamed Gueule d’Ange , puts make up on in the bathroom with her best friend. Very quickly you beginning who is really Marlène this alcoholic mother who wants to party her  life away but for the fourth time is trying to get married and make a go of it this time. A few hours later, she is already cheating on her new husband having sex with an other guy half way drunk in the kitchen. Here is a mother that is neglecting her child is trying to do good but partying and drinking is her priority. But when she meet a man at a club she decided to leave her daughter home along for days.


Here is the first film of Vanessa Filho is the idea of a jump off the cliff and the loneliness surrounding little Elle, will try clumsily to fill it by drawing from all possible situations a symbolic vision supposed to illustrate the fate of the neo-orphan. And that is why she choose to be the mermaid in the play at school because she sees herself drowning in the bottom of the ocean. She starts to drink and imitate her mother, putting on her clothe waiting for her mother who does not seems to come back. Then goes into where Elli meets this man and tries to call for help. Now if you like melodrama see this film. This film here a raw beauty behind it. Ayline Aksoy-Etaix has this raw and pure acting that comes out of her. And she has done very well for her first film. However as always Marion does an excellent job here in this emotional role of this mother who is selfish and is drowning into alcohol while partying with her best friend. A mother who is going to neglect her daughter and where the daughter is going to hold on to her mother and her demons creating demons of her own. Not too bad for a first film here from the director but not the great film that it is supposed to be.




EN GUERRE (2018)

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A film by Stéphane Brizé

Cast: Vincent Lindon, Mélanie Rover, Jacques Borderie

English title: At war

In spite of heavy financial sacrifices on the part of the employees and a record profit of their company, the management of the factory Perrin industries nevertheless decides the total closure of the site. Agreement scorned, promises not respected, the 1100 employees, led by their spokesman Laurent Amedeo (Vincent Lindon), refuse this brutal decision and will try everything to save their jobs.

Magnificent fiction that feels like a documentary, La loi du Marché  appears today as the first film of a fierce social diptych where Stéphane Brizé and Vincent Lindon, director and committed actor, set themselves against the world of large companies, destined to grind its production in the ultimate quest for profit. From another angle, the trade union struggle, En Guerre shows the fight, that feels like a documentary, especially in the texture of the image, the choice of the camera on the shoulder, and the impressive game of amateur actors who live the fight. It feels like the fiction is real with the tv channels who report the news. This film will talk to people who has lived it. Here in France there are at least 115 strike a years we have one here now with the train company SNCF. Here the employees are pissed and strike to halt production. They demand to talk to the CEO. Yes it is like that in France I have seen it many times so the film feels like it is real at times due to the fact that there are few professional actors,  the others are amateur actors and everybody here has done a formidable job. Is the film inappropriate? On the contrary, does it fall to the point where the social struggle has never been so tense during the first year as President of Emmanuel Macron? Is it the confession of a lost cause?


En guerre is above all a complex film, behind a simplicity of feigned point of view. You see the fight with the mediators even between employees who are fed up with all this. Sometimes it goes on for months. Not a pretty thing here but a script well written again from the director Stéphane Brizé. A different view of the social struggle here without repeating himself. And yes it is presented at the Cannes film Festival.



everybody knows

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A film by Asghar Farhadi

Cast: Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Jaime Lorente

Carolina (Penélope Cruz) and her Argentinean  husband with their children comes back to her hometown Madrid for a wedding. During the wedding unexpected events takes place that will reveal secrets to the open.

This film is the open film at the Cannes Film Festival, ok then good move but….. Here is the most looked at director who is the most creative of them all, with the Separation his masterpiece, and the client where he shines now he does a film in Madrid and it fall apart. As soon as the film started a quarter of it into it I knew where this was going and who did it and i do hate that from the most creative director. He needs to get back on the horse soon.The disappointment of his latest opus must take into account that Farhadi had never made any mistakes so far, until now.  Let’s first dispel any misunderstanding: the transposition in Spain of an initial material intended to be shot in Iran is not, a priori, a problem in itself. Farhadi had proved that he knew how to find his bearings in a shoot abroad, with actors of a language that is not his own.  Le Passé, made in France, allowed to find his style. However shot in Madrid everything falls apart. I am not saying that the film is not good it is watchable and it has a great cast with some great performances. Because of that Everybody Knows deserves the attention.


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A film by Jean-Paul Civeyrac

Cast: Andranic Manet, Diane Rouxel, Jenna Thiam

English title: A  Paris education

Étienne goes to Paris to study cinema at the university. There he meets Mathias and Jean-Noel who share the same passion as him. But the passing year will shake up their illusions …

Jean-Paul Civeyrac is a discreet filmmaker, author of sensitive and rather intimate films. As Civeyrac said in an interview “By imagining a story in the form of sentimental education, I wanted to talk about cinema, friendship, love and politics too, and to make a film a bit like a first film in a sense of urgency. The script is a bit autobiographical no surprise to me here.  Etienne’s (Andranic Manet) lnew Parisian life complicates his sentimental situation, and his conception of cinema is confronted with other visions. The so negative Mathias (Corentin Fila) and the friendly Jean-Noël (Gonzague Van Bervesseles) but also a flock of girls: his love interest from Lyon, from whom he slowly distances himself (Diane Rouxel), his bunch of roommates, such as fine art student Valentina (Jenna Thiam), activist Annabelle (Sophie Verbeeck), and finally the smart one Barbara (Valentine Catzeflis). He will be conflicted of which he will learn more than a few things. Here is a magnificent  black and white film, rich in a number of impressive shots that form together a plot yet simple but complicated as well. The film as an irresistible charm with a very realistic and sophisticated look. The shots are in their natural state. Not an easy thing to do coming to a fairly smaller city and going to the big city like Paris and trying to make it as a film maker. The ending could not be more perfect. A must see. 




dans la brume

A film by Daniel Roby

Cast: Romain Duris, Olga Kurylenko, Fantine Harduin

One day  where a strange deadly mist submerges Paris, survivors find refuge in the upper floors of buildings and on the roofs of the capital. Without information, without electricity, without water or food, a couple tries to survive this disaster and save their daughter … But the hours go by and one thing is clear: relief will not come and if one should survive , one hope to try his luck IN THE MIST …

English title: Just a breath away

The correct translation for title is In the mist by the way . So you have seen the Mist the American version this is the French version but rewritten differently, also from the fog by John Carpenter. As soon as I seen the daughter I knew how it is going to end and it did. The images of Paris of which the mist is setting in Paris where are hero du jour Mathieu (Romain Duris) is trying to escape running to his daughter’s apartment.The originality of Dans la Brume lies primarily in its Parisian decor, but also in its choice to take an interest in home life : separated parents and girl with an incurable disease. The advantage here to film in Paris and using CGI for the fog along with the apartment with the girl and her mom lives. The filmmaker focuses on not doing in the sensational but keeping it real; What would our real people will do in this situation. Where the writer who wrote the screenplay has decided that our hero will make errors along the way. With only 9 millions Euros for the film the director was creative in order to shoot  the  film that is entertaining.




RAZZIA (2018)

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A film by Nabil Ayouch

Cast: Maryam Touzani, Arieh Worthalter, Amine Ennaji

Five separate narratives set in Casablanca will merge into each other and all hell will break loose.

Nabil Ayouch offers us a film about dreams, trial, acceptance and struggles in the streets of Casablanca. “Happy is he who can act according to his desires” opens the film by a proverb from in Berber.  In Razzia, the French-Moroccan director puts together five different stories spanning two-time periods that is going to fit the highly charged theme of the film.

We start out in 1982 in the spectacular setting of the Atlas mountains, in a tiny village where a teacher Abdallah (Amine Ennaji) must bow to the laws  of the state and stop teaching in Berber, the only language that his students understand. Soon, the defeated Abdallah who is angry but passive about the news  will leave this place, and with it his budding romance with the spirited widow Yto (Nezha Tebbaï). We jump up to 2015 where this beautiful woman Salima (Maryam Touzani) dressed a little provocative for a woman in Morocco who takes a swim well almost in her dress, because a  bikini is not allowed over there to protest the law (Men and women are not the same). She goes in a house of her friend named Yto to dance and be free smoke if she wants because at home her boyfriend does not want her to work nor smoke or dance. I guess just sit there and look pretty. Elyas (Abdellah Didane) the son of Yto who works as a bartender has this house full of memorabilia of Casablanca the film with Bogart. Then you have Hakim (Abdelilah Rachid),  faces different problems, as his family and neighbours in the city’s working-class Medina district stand in the way of his dreams of becoming a rock star like Freddie Mercury. And Inès (Dounia Binebine) who lives a charmed life is lonely and trying to find her identity in all that. All those stories will merge at the end where all hell is going to break loose. A terrific puzzled film with beautiful cinematography at its purest form. The director here shines as usual in hoping he does for the rest of his career. He knows how get the actor there playing emotional part and well as he knows how to write them. Do not miss this one. Plus a perfect ending to go with it.


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A film by Abdellatif Kechiche

Cast: Shaïn Boumedine, Ophélie Bau, Salim Kechiouche

Sète, 1994. Amin, a screenwriter based in Paris, returns a summer in his hometown, to find family and childhood friends. Accompanied by his cousin Tony and his best friend Ophélie, Amin spends his time between the Tunisian restaurant held by his parents, the neighborhood bars, and the beach frequented by girls on vacation. Fascinated by the many female figures that surround him , Amin remains in the background and contemplates these mermaids of the summer, unlike his cousin who throws himself into the intoxication of sensual bodies. But when it comes time to love, only fate – the mektoub – can decide.


Here is the latest film of Kechiche and he lets the  sensual energy dazzle the screen and so is this new actress Ophélie Bau. It is Amin, he is good-looking and all the girls are attracted to him but he is the only one who does not sleep with them. He is in the background observing them. Unlike his cousin Tony, who taste all the pleasure of life. Amin discovers Tony and Ophélie having sex at her place and that will set the film for the viewer. Generous bodies, lightly dressed or swimsuits are magnified in the film, plus swimming at the beach having fun drinking , eating good food and plenty of sensual beautiful females having fun, talking and flirting. At least a 15 minutes to 20  minutes scenes at the club, dancing, kissing, flirting who is going to go back to their place with whom, the craziness, flirting, smoking and drinking until the morning. Who is he really, (Amin) this young man, screenwriter , passive, secretive , a little taciturn but loquacious despite everything? Well we might find out on the second film that will come out next september .


LA PRIÈRE (2018)

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A film by Cédric Kahn

Cast: Anthony Bajon, Damien Chapelle, Alex Brendemühl

English: The prayer 

Thomas is 22 years old. To get out of the addiction, he joins an isolated community in the mountains held by former drug addicts who heal themselves by prayer and work. He will discover friendship, rules, love and faith …..

The scarred face with the lost look, a young man joins an isolated community in the mountains. There have boys from all walks of life and from all over the world, who are very religious or, on the contrary, not believers   but who all have one thing in common that they suffer from absolute loneliness and great emotional distress due to either drugs or alcohol addiction.  If this place of the plateau of Trièves, mixture of beauty and roughness is magic, the conditions of reception is like a prisoner: No smoking, drinking, no drugs, no women, and no personal belonging; he gets a hair cut short, and the days are dedicated to work and prayer. It is going to be a tough place to be but Cédric Khan has a message here the struggle of a young man who does not want to end up dead with an other overdose. He is trying hard not to reconnect with his old demons through work and prayer, they have no other choice than to work to rebuild the social bond. Thomas, (Anthony Bajon) is supervised by Pierre (Damien Chapelle), older than him and now well on the path of remission that monitors him with a father’s attention. Later on in an other village he meets Sybille (Louise Grinberg), a sensitive and balanced young woman, irreparably changes his trajectory and way of thinking.

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The camera films with discretion and neutrality shows the tensions and these painfully endured trials. The director here place the viewer at a safe distance so they can view the twist that is about to come. The thing is here it is a bit predictable for me anyway but it still hold the course where it is supposed to go. The cast is outstanding and has chemistry. As for the film here who has a religious themes which is done in a meditative  manner has  a lovely ending.

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LA FINALE (2018)

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A film by Robin Sykes

Cast: Thierry Lhermitte, Rayane Bensetti, Émilie Caen

English title: In the game

The whole family Verdi is caring for Roland, the grandfather, who loses his bearing, well he has Alzheimer.  JB, the teenager of the family, has only one goal: to go to Paris to play his basketball final. But his parents, won’t have it and  ask him to give it up to keep an eye on his grandfather. JB decides to take him with him … During this trip, nothing will happen as planned …

Here is the first film for Robin Sykes who tackles with humour Alzheimer to top in all off some of the film is going to be a road trip. The first scene of the film opens on the very busy Roland, at the head of a brewery near the Parc des Princes, and who begins to suffer the first symptoms of memory loss. Roland is “freely inspired by the former sports presenter Thierry Roland, loud month but always smiles. And it is true that we will discover throughout the film he is quite a racist and misogynistic.  But a year later, we find Roland in Lyon with his daughter Delphine (Emilie Caen) and her son-in-law Hicham (Lyes Salem), along with her grandchildren JB and Penelope. His condition has deteriorated, he does not recognize his family which we understand he was not very close. He gets lost on the way and sometimes goes to the wrong house.

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The director here takes a humorous approach to the disease by taking Roland and his grandson JB on a road trip where they are going laughter. Thierry Lhermitte is very credible, finding the right balance between the disoriented man who is not aware of his condition and the man sometimes enlivened by flashes of lucidity, whose memories come back abruptly. Thierry Lhermitte, “happy when we propose things he has not already done” had no difficulty in incarnating  the character, because “the scenario was very well written, funny and moving”. The actor, who is also a sponsor of the Foundation for Medical Research, has done a lot of research on this disease. He also spent some time with a friend’s father, who has the disease. Because Roland has the illness his family has to adapt and make sacrifices, and JB doesn’t not see him as a sick men but the one who took his room. It is the relationship that will grow stronger during the road trip between the grandfather and his grandson. But thanks to its sincerity, La finale is a drama that will not fail to both move and make the audience laugh.

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A film by Dominique Rocher

Cast: Anders Danielsen Lie, Golshifteh Farahani, Denis Lavant

English title: The night ate the world (not like the one they had The night eats the world)

Waking up this morning in this apartment where the day before the party was still in full swing Sam must face the facts: he is all alone and the living dead have invaded the streets of Paris. Terrorized, he will have to protect himself and organize himself to continue to live. But is Sam really the only survivor?

As we celebrate this year’s 50th anniversary of Night of the Living Dead, the codes raised by George Romero have always been carefully monitored by all the filmmakers who attacked zombie movies. And Yes a first time film maker Rocher has done something out of the ordinary plus we were many fans of the genre hoping to see one day Paris invaded by the living dead. It is finally the young Dominique Rocher who proposes us to see zombies in the streets of the French capital, and especially the reactions of a Parisian survivors facing this nightmarish situation. All the intelligence of the adaptation of the homonymous novel of Pit Agarmen is well in the observation of this man forced to hide to survive. Incarnated by Anders Danielsen Lie, this actor of Norwegian origin seen especially in Oslo, August 31 and Personal Shopper, Sam is a man of whom we do not know much, and to whom it is so much easier to identify and that I like. The work of the script plays on the psychological limits of the isolation of a man who, when he had the choice, preferred to be alone. There are little dialogue and there aren’t too many scenes film outside. Here is a terrific actor who played the part dead on. They say you can be along for 30 days maximum after which you will go nuts. I myself can go along without any problem but I have not gone 30 days yet but I will. I love to be along but the case Sam (Anders Danielsen Lie) the population has been wiped out and he doesn’t know if he is the only survivor. His survival instinct kicks in and he is going to be on a mission. There a touch of humanity here. However the film often takes the opposite of what is expected in this kind of production while maintaining a permanent tension. Sam here is going to have to adapt to the situation quickly or he will not survive, now that Paris is populated by Zombies. So we are almost faced with a melancholic drama, psychological, existentialist, silent questioning our own loneliness … With zombies on are asses!!! It looks like a new waves of young directors reinventing cinema. 



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