Posted in British film, uncategorized

A BEAUTIFUL DAY (2017)

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A film by Lynne Ramsay

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alessandro Nivola

A girl is missing a tormented handy man (as I call him) is on a rescue mission which a chain of events will take place. Corruption, perversion and such will sent him to a brutal violence that will lead to his awakening.

Director Lynne Ramsay brings us a chilling take on New York City with this brutal tale beautifully stage that start with the very talented Joaquin Phoenix.

The film open with a man cleaning up a crime scene however he does not want to be seen. Gets out of the alley with hood on, he has a grey beard as the story goes along you will see that he was tormented as a kid, he was a soldier, a law enforcement officer, now he is like the dude you call if you need something and do not want to involved the cops. He will do it efficiently without leaving a trace. He in fact is off the grid. A senator ’s daughter is missing and Joe is asked to find her and returned to the senator.The work is, however, well served by Tom Townend’s elegant photography , Jonny Greenwood’s punchy electronic music, and especially Joaquin Phoenix who incarnated the character’s body and  soul, puffed up, bearded, and completely hallucinated. The editing is brilliant, and Lynne Ramsay has a  real sense of atmosphere while mobilizing, explicitly, a number of cult films. Psycho, Taxi driver, etc…In the end, this sophisticated thriller reflects a real know-how and Lynne Ramsay shines here. The film got just in time at the Cannes Film Festival and got nominated for best actor and best screenplay.

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Posted in Swedish film, uncategorized

THE SQUARE (2017)

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A film by Ruben Östlund

Cast: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West

Sweden’s Ruben Östlund makes a comeback, this time in the Competition selection, with a film punctuated at the inequality of the civilisation with some of the strangest scenes.

Christian (Claes Bang) who plays a museum director who’s life is disturbed when he is the victim of a crime. The film is dry, satirical and  a dark comedy that is totally unique. A little warning due to the fact that this film is a little strange it is going to be a hard sell in the US and some of you might love it or hate it. The film puts Christian through essentially a series of skits which are alternately thought-provoking, shocking or delightfully made with awkwardness. It is about a man who is about to lose control of his life. The film is masterfully does not only become a satire of the modern art but also at life itself. When Christian gets into a series of gag some of the audience nervously was laughing or not at all. There are some disturbing scenes at times and you are going to wonder what the hell is going on in this guy life who somehow is going to be the hero of our story. If you like dark humour that is disturbing at time feel free to see this one.

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Posted in Chilian film, uncategorized

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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Posted in RIP, uncategorized

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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Posted in Danish Film, German film, Swedish film, uncategorized

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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