French film

GRAVE (2017)

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A film  Julia Ducournau

Cast: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Naït Oufella 

English title: Raw

In Justine’s family everyone is veterinarian and vegetarian. At 16, she is a gifted teenager about to join the vet school where her older sister is also a student. But, barely settled, the hazing begins for the first years. Justine is forced to eat raw meat. This is the first time in her life. The consequences are not long in coming. Justine discovers her true nature. And by true nature I will not be dating this woman not even her sister See the end of the film.

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Ok the name grave is the name of the vet school in Belgium it also mean serious but they translate by raw. Ok this  French  / Belgium film is awesome someone has written a totally great script here by the name of well the director herself Julia Ducournau. It is a crazy film with demented atmosphere ,a disconcerting architecture, in its deliquescent decor, an oppressive psychology, in its febrile approach of the youth … Julia Ducournau dissects the passage to the adulthood, with the frustration that goes with it with a mutation in an environment where perception and madness are going to collide with each other into a chilling atmosphere. Authentic mix of cinematography genres, and some underground  classic cinema here. The ritual goes like this you will see people dancing half-naked, consuming a large amount of alcohol and drugs, blood flying all over to welcome the newbies also you will have the usual suspect the nurse who is not concern about the newbies skin rash, and the teacher who tell them especially the smart one that he does not like the smart one to finish with a macabre orgies of some what half awake zombie, and a perfect ending. You will get out of the theatre loving it like the critics that say it is the best horror film of the year or you are going to hate it there is no in between. Cheers!

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COMPARTIMENT TUEURS (1965)

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A film by Costa-Gavras

Cast: Catherine Allégret, Jacques Perrin, Simone Signoret, Yves Montand, Jean-Louis Trintignant

English tile : The sleeping car murder

Six people share a sleeping-car on a Paris-bound train. When it reaches its destination, one of them is found murdered. As the police headed by Inspector Graziani (Yves Montand) frantically search for the killer soon after an other murder happens ,no!!! this can’t happen in Paris. It is the work of a serial killer? Or not. Well….

The thing is here is an other one of Gravas film that kick ass, it is his first film feature . It is in black and white  and shot in Paris so cool. It is fun to watch those old film I get to see how Paris was back in the day plus I love the old cars. Gravas here has done a cool thriller frantic that moves quickly. But it is not your typical stylist thriller here it has been done differently , plus you will see a car chase with motorcycle throughout  Paris. Michel Piccoli plays this unusual dude who is a little pervert sweaty and talking to himself. Yves Montand who plays the inspector does it with finest bit like a French Columbo. Simone Signoret does an outstanding job here. The director uses effective camera angles that create a sense of claustrophobia during suspense scenes. The appearance go the killer has his own style trench coat, hat, and lather gloves. Once the killer  shoot ,he repeatedly does it until the victim is dead which the killer taking sufficiently long pauses in-between shots to allow for the frightened victims to struggle around and stare in terror at their assassin. Here Catherine Allégret and Jacques Perrin plays young lovers and yes their chemistry are fresh as a croissant from the oven. There a cool non stylist film noir.

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MONSIEUR ET MADAME ADELMAN (2017)

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A film by Nicolas Bedos

Cast: Doria Tillier, Nicolas Bedos, Denis Podalydès

How did Sarah and Victor get along for more than 45 years? Who was really this enigmatic woman living in the shadow of her husband? Love and ambition, betrayals and secrets nourish this odyssey of an unusual couple, where they are taking us on the great history of the last century.

Victor Adelman, writer. In 1971, he meets Sarah, a free spirited  and independent girl, to whom he does not attach any particular importance. On the other hand, Sarah is taken  by him. But later on would become the woman of his life. For 45 years, like all couples, they will experience ups and downs, joys and sorrows. He will make her suffer everything: his infidelities, his lack of inspiration, his perversity and even sometimes his contempt. She will become his  muse, his inspiration. Like all women in the shadows she will keep with the appearances. But we are not there yet. For now, it all begins with the end. We have just buried the famous Victor Adelman, who died in suspicious  circumstances. A young writer  proposes to write about his life life. To do this, he meets his wife who gives him what was almost half a century of living together with this unusual character.

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Can you live with someone for 45 years here, the good , the bad and the ugly is going to come out but the director here has put an element a little perverse with this  eccentric character, he put everything under a microscope the meeting the parent, the kids, meeting the future In-laws, the success the high and the lows etc…. Here the director does a great job at telling the stories in chapter and get straight to the point. It is a beautiful love story injected with comedy.

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DE PLUS BELLE (2017)

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A film by Anne-Gaëlle Daval

Cast: Florence Foresti, Mathieu Kassovitz, Nicole Garcia

English: More beautiful 

Lucy is cured, her illness is almost a distant memory. Her family is pushing her to go ahead, to live, to see the world … So she meets Clovis, charming  and  arrogant. Intrigued by his frankness, Clovis will do everything to seduce Lucy, who has no desire to be seduced . In contact with Dalila, A dancing teacher, Lucie will learn to love, to finally become the woman she never knew how to be. For his mother, for his daughter, for Clovis …

This is the first film of costume designer Anne-Gaëlle Daval. Keep in mind there are many women director in my country than most. She who is accustomed, after all it is her job to dress actors and actresses, she will make us see these them naked, or rather get naked,  stripped of this second skin which is a protection, an interface between the body and the others.The film is the story of Lucie (Florence Foresti) told with decency and fragility and with a touch of humanity. When she meets Dalila (Nicole Nichole Garcia) the dance teacher will allow Lucie to get rid of her tinsel of that prevents to see her as she is and not as she thinks she is. With this little show a dance that we shade off her skin so a new one can be born. Clovis the seducer who is having trouble seducing Lucy is asking himself what is wrong with me or is it her?  The film is moving,  like a fairy tale. Yes we know how to make them very well but to sell this over seas it is going to be a tough one.

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LA CONFESSION (2017)

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A film by Nicolas Boukhrief

Cast: Romain Duris, Marine Vacth, Anne Le Ny

Under the German occupation, in a small French town, the arrival of a new priest arouses the interest of all women … Barny, a young communist and atheist woman, can not however be more indifferent. Driven by curiosity, the young skeptic goes  to the church in order to challenge this abbot: Léon Morin.  Barny is yet to be destabilized by this young priest, as seductive as it is intelligent. Intrigued, it takes the play of their exchanges, to the point of questioning its deepest certainties. Will Barny  succumb to the charm of the young priest?

Here And I thought it was a little familiar the director has rewrote the story from the book from the novel by Béatrice Beck entitled Léon Morin, a priest, while avoiding making a remake of the homonymous film by Jean-Pierre Melville (Léon Morin), whose production did not acquire the rights.

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The film takes place today , a young priest goes to the bedside of an elderly woman who, on her deathbed, confides to him a secret to whom she has never spoken to anyone: that of her meeting with a Priest  who shaken her life, when she was only a very young woman . A few months after the end of the war, the arrival of a seductive and loving priest changes  the life of this village where men are rare (Barny’s husband is a prisoner in Germany). At the post office where Barny works, all the women are titillated and each one goes there to talk to him. Unlike her co-workers, Barny decides to keep her distance and even often provoke this man who represents an ideology of which she is suspicious.The director is careful not to enter into any political or religious discussion. The only fire  of the narrative is indeed this psychological duel that will begin with blows of fluid and brilliant dialogues. It is going to be a slow film but an intelligent one where humans emotion are going to flow. Marine Vacth is brilliant  in the skin of this young woman torn between her beliefs and the brilliant arguments of this persuasive man played by  Romain Duris with a  sweet smile that run the risk of becoming indigestible without the psychological study of the local population. Romain Duris, to whom the priest outfit fits him  wonderfully well , knows how to find the tone just with  a balanced dose of vivacity and mystery. There I was even surprise by this film so intelligently filmed, written with a perfect casting and beautifully well acted.

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LES DERNIERS PARISIENS (2017)

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A film by Hamé Bourokba (as Hamé), Ekoué Labitey (as Ekoué)

Cast: Reda Kateb, Slimane Dazi, Mélanie Laurent

Just out of prison, Nas returns to his neighborhood, Pigalle, where he finds his friends and his older brother Arezki, owner of the bar Le Prestige. Nas is determined to recreate a name and Le Prestige could well serve as a new beginning for him.

Now you have two rappers who decided to write a script and direct a film about the neighbourhood they are in called Pigalle. And yes they did not film it like everyone else either. It is the little surprise here of this is year a cool film Neo-Noir Shot on location in Pigalle. We follows 2 brothers who can’t stand each other one who has a bar the Prestige and the other who got out of jail a week ago wandering Pigalle trying to see his old friends. You will see the scams, clashes between them, the con artist, the owner of a sneaker shop going under, the dealing and the bull shit, the drinking, smoking etc…and everybody wants to get out of it. Yes you are going to have a good time. Salut!!

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PATIENTS (2017)

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A film by Mehdi Idir, Grand Corps Malade

Cast: Pablo Pauly, Soufiane Guerrab, Moussa Mansaly

Based on the self-biographical book by Fabien Marsaud, alias Grand Corps Malade, Patients  introduces us to the world of paraplegic, quadriplegic, traumatized (a words that the famous slammer would not deny) Cranial, frontal and  many of which are, alas, young people whose life has decided to play a dirty trick.

Do not get me wrong here those patients who are in this situation some for the rest of their life does jokes like the one pass the salty, and others to give them a little laugh now and then so they don’t go nuts. They are perfectly functional people who see life a little differently. We follow a group of young people whose main occupation is to wait for them to be helped with drinking, eating, dressing, telephoning, peeing, pooping and all those operations and more , were a normal human being  who is perfectly functional take for granted. Yes there is the doctors that helps them to rehabilitate them and even a psychologist on hand. Some are doing well other does not and does not accept the fact that some day it will be better or just accept the fact that is the way  is for them. A little romance will surface with a woman who check in. Some will do better than others but they all have stories and past that they can not escape. It is like they are in prison in their own bodies. The film also shows the friendship  and the bond that will form between them as they say “Together we are strong” a terrific little film here that you can’t afford to miss.

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