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UNA MUJER FANTASTICA (2017)

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A film by Sebastián Lelio

Cast: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco

English: A fantastic woman 

Marina (Daniela Vega) and Orlando, (Francisco Reyes) twenty years older than her, love each other far from the eyes and look forward to the future. When he dies suddenly, Marina suffers the hostility of the relatives of Orlando: a “holy family” which rejects all that it represents. Marina is going to fight, with the same energy that has always been spent to become the woman she is: a strong, courageous, dignified woman … a fantastic woman!

The opening of the film is spectacular Iguazu Falls, which is situated between Argentina and Brazil. One of the greatest natural wonders Orlando use to say. Marina is twenty years younger than Orlando but they are in love and that is what matters. But suddenly Orlando dies during the night at the clinic where he died. When the doctor says to Marina “what is your name? “ and marina tells him the doctor then says no your birth name. Marina goes “what?” At that time even really on I knew then what this  is going to be about.

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Jere the director has a passion has he said about everything that is feminine. Here is the story of a woman who is going to have obstacles in the front of her. The performance of Daniela Vega has an astonishing truth  that transforms Marina into a modern heroine that forces admiration. Here the director did an astonished directing to avoid avoid the frontal confrontation to retain only the dignity neither that he lost the sight of the tenderness of the character. Sebastian Lelio delivers a true cinematographic jewel, full of intelligence and humanity.

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MIREILLE D’ARC (1938 – 2017)

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Here is an other one who left us she just got buried today at St Suplice church this morning where at least Thousand of people said goodbye to the most beautiful actress who turned out to great at her job but was of the most generous people you will ever know.  The actress soon octogenarian is hospitalized in Paris since September 19 because of serious health problems. Her husband, Pascal Deprez, wanted to be reassuring. but I think deep down he knew it was going to be over.

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She left a body of work of 50 film plus documentary, the started to do documentary back in the 90’s I have to check that out subject from prostitution, organ transplants, cancer, prostitution or, more recently, in 2015, homeless women. The most famous film she was in were:

Les Barbouzes
La Grande Sauterelle
Le Grand Blond avec une chaussure noire
Le Retour du Grand Blond
Les Seins de glace

I am on it. Mireille Darc was born on May 15, 1938 in Toulon, Var, France as Mireille Aigroz. She was an actress and director, known for Week End (1967), Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire (1972) and Galia (1966). She was married to Pascal Desprez. There an other one who left us unfortunately RIP Mireille. She was still a beautiful woman till the end, they don’t make those anymore.

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Posted in French film, uncategorized

120 BATTEMENTS PAR MINUTE (2017)

 

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A film by Robin Campillo

Cast: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel

English title: 120 beats per minute

More than a trivial tribute to the activists of Act Up Paris, “120 beats per minute” sketches the sensitive silhouette of a forgotten generation. Sensual and evanescent portrait at the crossroads of “Revenants” and “Eastern Boys”.

With Les Revenants (2004), Campillo revived the genre of fantasy while relying on a pure belief: that of a cinema of the premises devoid of effects where only the atmosphere counts.  Here act up in Paris in the 90’s were the gays wanted to be heard and make aware that it was not only a gay disease but an everybody disease and wanted to teach prevention to everyone. Act up will be described in the first scene of the film. A conference where gays and not will be protesting where ever the see fit. 120 beats per minute initially looks like a biopic focused on the most eventful years of Act Up,  Gays wanted to make a difference here and they were having trouble constantly arrested by the police at rallies. Yes there is a love story here and the director does not shy away with the sex scene either.  Young people surrounded by death find in their annihilation a form of dignity and desire. To translate this thirst for life, the filmmaker’s gaze lingers on their faces and their bodies, but also on strange particles enclosing them as if to symbolize fatality. More than a reminder that would remind us of the dark years of AIDS and the ostracism of homosexuals. Act Up Paris once dreamed that the Seine would turn red blood to carry its message higher. Campillo realizes this wish in a tribute of a rare accuracy. And Yes it won for best film at the Cannes Film Festival.

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LES GRANGES BRÛLÉES (1973)

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A film by Jean Chapot

Cast: Simone Signoret, Alain Delon, Paul Crauchet

English: The burned barns. 

A crime was committed in an isolated corner of Haut- Doubs in the winter. The investigating judge suspects one of the members of a family living in a large farm nearby. The head of the family, Rose, an energetic woman, stands up to him.

A woman is dead by her car in the middle of the winter in this little town. Alain Delon plays the investigating judge, Le juge Pierre Larcher, and starts to question the middle-aged married couple Rose and Pierre (Simone Signoret and Paul Crauchet) at the farm. You will see how the investigation will develop and how the judge in 5 steps head of everybody. He is putting the pressure on, he has one press dude who is breathing down his neck. Meanwhile Larcher is putting pressure on this one woman played by Signoret who keeps it together but finds out some stuff about her son.

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What I love about this film it was actually filmed in the winter when it was snowing no fake snow here. The two stars did an outstanding job here. The chemistry between Delon and Signoret is burning the screen. I have not seen this film ever and I was not disappointed. Of course there were the 70’s music back them in film it was the coolest thing. I just finish seeing this one. There is an other film were the two stars were in, I am taping it on my hard drive as we speak.

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THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT (2017)

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A film by Tarik Saleh

Cast: Fares Fares, Mari Malek, Yasser Ali Maher

Two days before the  Egyptian Revolution, this thriller features a police officer who investigates the murder of a woman who is a popular singer but turn out she is also a call girl.

Egypt’s 2011 revolution provides the backdrop for Tarik Saleh’s  political thriller. In order to do this type of penetrating film making the Danish Director has to know the Egyptian culture. The film opens with the corrupt police officer Noredin  (Fares Fares) doing his round to get his money from business owners. Noredin a chain-smoking cop who is called on a scene of a murder of a singer. The atmosphere of this film is like a smoked, perfumed street with corruption of all sort where there is no justice. Plus the fact that the internal affair are investigating the precinct of Noredin. As Noredin is trying to find the only possible witness he discovers more dead bodies and possible a suspect the son of the President of Egypt. You actually try to investigate with him. The more he investigate the more corruption he finds and he puts his life in danger as well. Even though Saleh was  forced to shooting in Casablanca after the production was shut down by the Egyptian state security service. I wonder why? You can smell though the screen the smoking, dust, perfume, food, and the heat that add to the Neo-Noir film. Yes there are twists and turns in this story that is tastefully told by Saleh. Do not miss this one. 

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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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SUNTAN (2017)

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A film by Argyris Papadimitropoulos

Cast: Makis Papadimitriou, Elli Tringou, Dimi Hart

Kostis, (Makis Papadimitriou) in his forties, is engaged by the municipality as a doctor on the island of Antiparos in Greece. He spent a lonely and dreary winter. But when summer arrives, the island turns into a hedonistic resort with its naturist beaches and endless festivals.

My kind of party I have to go to Greece in the summer. Well Boris comes to the island in the winter where there is a lot of solitude and it is cold and raining, but soon the summer arrives colourful as hell plenty of beautiful women on the beach. One day a patient named Anna comes in his office to get stitches with her gang of friends .Kostis wants some of their vitality, as well as to become a member of the gang. Some sparks flies between him and Anna and soon after the two become serious friends. But Kostis wants more.

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The director has not shown the tile later in the film when summer came up tan bodies beautiful women running, Kostis , a man wearing sunscreen with high protection and hat, can hardly be protected. Temptations are many and he not experienced at all. Kostis has this new taste for life he is in the hurry to live. He is no longer the buttoned up doctor, he becomes more care free. He is in a company of young people and is trying to keep up with them, but also he is reminded by an old acquaintance back when he was a student who tells him it is not for them. Here also Anna has energy, vitality, and she stands out from the rest of the gang which attracts Kostis. You can see why and understand why kostis is attracted to her beside being a beautiful creature. This film is like a comedy / Drama  about the body  growing old sort of speak. When seeing this film make sure to wear suntan lotion 50+.

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