BALLE PERDUE (2020)

A film by  Guillaume Pierret

Cast:  Alban Lenoir, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Ramzy Bedia 

English Title: Lost Bullet

Lino, a mechanical genius, is recruited by the police to neutralize go fast. He finds himself accused of murder and tries to find the only proof of his innocence, a stray bullet in a missing car.

Lost Bullet follows Lino, follows this genius engineer know for boosting up car’s engine , essential for any bank robber as such. During a jewelry store robbery with his brother Quentin Lino is caught by the police and sent to jail, but Officer Charas see an opportunity  offers Lino a job to boost up his police cars to catch go fast. Several months later, Charas hands Lino a letter granted him early release for his help with his unit, though it won’t come into effect until next week. Charas is looking for Lino to help him take down the latest go fast a bunch of drug dealer ring, but something goes wrong and Lino is framed for murder. The police is after him and Lino must find a way to prove his innocence and save Quentin from the mess that he’s caught up in.

In Europe, since the early 1990’s, the practice of go fast has developed on the road. The traffickers then use two vehicles: one used to transport the goods, the other used as a decoy . The journey is made by highway, with cars with a lot of horse power, often stolen.

The tactic, however, is not to drive as fast as possible.  In fact, traffickers try to drive at the speed limit to arouse suspicion as little as possible. Speed ​​only plays a key role in the event of a problem with the police. The goal is to thwart attempts to intercept customs officials or rival traffickers: the “decoy” car, which precedes the transporting car, warns his accomplice of any roadblocks or road block. Sometimes, convoys include one or more “decoy” cars, ready to intervene in the event of a problem. 

The French drug trafficker Bernard André, known as “Le Baron”, is cited in a documentary from 2016 as being the inventor of this technique in the late 1980s, used for the trafficking of cannabis between Spain and France.

A thief and mechanical engineer Lino is caught by the police, later he has this opportunity to work for the police to boost their cars so they catch drug runners with their go fast cars. Inventive stunts in this one with great car chases but the thing is here the character did not get to develop further and in more detail. It is an action crime thriller that stand out and does a good job to entertain. I kind of liked it. Great fight sequence in the police station. Alban Lenoir is in the lead role, he has done well here particularly on a physicality level. Nicolas Duvauchelle wasgreat as usual is awesome as the the cop and second in command of the unit, and Ramzy Bedia and Stéfi Celma were also good with their performances as Charas and Julia. Well a nice casting at that. Enjoy it for what it is. You will find this one on Netflix.

CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN 2020

We are on lockdown in France. No cinema, no boutiques to shop in no restaurants due to the coronavirus. So at this point there will be no new movies review. However I am going to review movies on Netflix o other support like E-cinema.

Here are some pictures of Paris that are deserted.

My favourite café
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UNE SIRÈNE À PARIS (2020)

A film by  Mathias Malzieu

Cast:  Tchéky Karyo, Rossy de Palma, Marilyn Lima 

English: A mermaid in Paris

A heartbroken crooner, Gaspard had vowed never to fall in love again. As for Lula, a pretty mermaid, she only has the song to defend herself from men, by making the heard beat faster till it is going to explode. When the water of the seine is rising here is Lula at the foot of the Flowerburger, the barge-cabaret where Gaspard sings. He, the man who suffered from having loved too much, and she, the creature who never knew love, will get to know each other. And will they make beautiful music together?

Une sirène à Paris is this magic fairy tale where we will witness this old-fashion romance in full blossom with some colorful personalities played by endearing actors who have their stuff ( Nicolas Duvauchelle, Tchéky Karyo, Romane Bohringer, Rossy de Palma), facing the solar youth of Marilyn Lima. But this mermaid has this lethal weapon she breaks the hearts of the males who meet her, to the point of killing them with her lethal song. she represent many women in today’s world but also the femme fatale that you see in films. The thing is the script needs a little work but by all mean the film is still watchable.

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CORPUS CHRISTI (2020)

A film by  Jan Komasa

Cast:  Bartosz Bielenia, Aleksandra Konieczna, Eliza Rycembel 

Daniel, 20, discovers a spiritual vocation in a youth detention center but the crime he has committed prevents him from accessing seminarian studies. Sent to a small town to work in a carpentry workshop, he pretends to be a priest and takes the head of the parish. The arrival of the young and charismatic preacher shakes up this small conservative community.

The script from Mateusz Pacewicz is inspired by true events. Daniel leaves the correctional center at age 20 after serving time for crimes that he committed but the story does not tells us what kind of crime. Having experienced a spiritual awakening behind bars he would like to pursue a career in the clergy but his mentor, Father Tomasz (Lukasz Simlat), tells him is impossible because he’s been a convict. He goes to this small town in Poland but bumps into a girl while visiting a the church and the light went on when he tells the girl he is a priest. He shows her his clerical collar and soon after that the girl introduce her to parish. When when the aging priest (Zdzislaw Wardejn) becomes ill. Here you see how Daniel is going to tell all the right lies and boom just like that Daniel is in. But will he pull it off and will his past catch up with him.

 Bartosz Bielenia plays his character with charisma with this piercing blue ice he is convincing and reminds me of Christopher Walking’s blue eyes. It is fascinating to watch him. But the town has its own secrets. As Daniel comes to find out. The more he digs in the more the resident are going to resent him. Here he takes his new job seriously, his methods are unorthodox but he’s speaking plainly from the heart and connecting with people. And because he has committed crimes he has some really good advise for the people. It is a complex character who is in a dark place and want to see the light. Daniel is fully aware of the gravity of this job is and the consequences that is going to follow will possibly haunt him later. Here is a great solid story and a film not to be missed.

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PLAY (2020)

A film by  Anthony Marciano

Cast: Max Boublil, Alice Isaaz, Malik Zidi 

In 1993, Max was 13 received his first camera as a gift. For 25 years he will not stop filming. His group of friends, the girlfriends, the successes, the failures. From the 90s to the 2010s, it is the portrait of an entire generation that takes shape through its lens.

At 38, Max is watching the videotapes he has made for 25 years. And on his birthday , he decides to immerse himself in these films which retraces a large part of his life …Here Marciano who is not that known as a director decided to tell differently a love story with humor, with some great dialogue. The two stars of the film is the love story between them that is going to develop in the front of your eyes. As the years goes by the technology evolves as everything else as well. The friendship, the good , the bad, the laughter, etc it is all in there. Nice little film with a different format to tell a love story.

THE TRANSLATORS (2019)

 A film by Régis Roinsard

Cast:  Lambert Wilson, Olga Kurylenko, Riccardo Scamarcio 

Isolated in a luxurious home with no possible contact with the outside world, nine translators have gathered to translate the last volume of one of the greatest successes in world literature. But when the first ten pages of the novel are published on the internet and a hacker threatens to reveal the rest if he is not paid a ransom, one question becomes haunting: where does the leak come from?

Nothing new here it is a who done it in a closed room or closed rooms but the theme here is literature. Put great actors like Lambert Wilson, Olga Kurylenko, Riccardo Scamarcio, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Eduardo Noriega, Frédéric Chau, Manolis Mavromatakis, Sara Giraudeau some twist in the plot and you have this cool little thriller. Eight years later with the film named populaire which the star was a type writer, Régis Roinsard returns with a thriller in which the star will be a novel, Lambert Wilson and nine actors who interpret as many translators. It is a bit difficult to say more otherwise I will spoiled it for the readers. Régis Roinsard said at on time that he “came across several articles around the translation of Dan Brown’s book, Inferno. Twelve international translators had been locked in a bunker in Italy to translate his latest novel. Here is a cultural product require that we protect it like it was precious jewelry. In today’s world with internet and the social network I can see why. So Régis ask this question what if someone leaks the translation of the book and publish it on the internet. And that is how the script is born. At the beginning it fells like a film noir / Thriller Than the first crime is going to take place in the library. But there are flashback of course that is the only way this is going to work to make it more interesting. The thing is here is that the director is building the tension and the film will take off and you think you are going to guess who did it a twist will appear. Unfortunately for me I knew who did it but the why that I never saw it some in. It is a pleasure to discover the plot along with flaws of the characters with the unexpected outcome.

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1917 (2019)

A film by Sam Mendes

Cast:  Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Daniel Mays 

Caught in the turmoil of the First World War, Schofield and Blake, two young British soldiers, are assigned an impossible mission. Carrying a message that could prevent a devastating attack and the death of thousands of soldiers, including Blake’s brother, they embark behind the enemy line. Are they going to deliver the message on time?

Inspired by Sam Mendes’ grandfather’s experiences in WWI: “The Autobiography of Alfred H. Mendes 1897-1991.” Ok there will be some critics that is not going to like this film, well so what as long as the majority of the audience love it, the film is going to be a hit plus it has 10 nominations at the Oscars. The film was shot as one long take so it seems but as Sam said at one time I shot it and edited it to appear as a single long take that takes place in real time with almost no breaks. You are following two soldiers on this journey, it is like you are with them. The actors has rehearsed for six months in order to get it right. The Date shown at the start of the film is the date that the United States declared war on Germany. The two soldier had to go through hell in order to get there. Not much dialogue but the visual is stunning. It is difficult to shoot a film like this due to the fact what if the lighter doesn’t work. The set was build from scratch including the miles long trench. The score could be more than perfect. I definitely love this film and I might go see it again.

THE WILD GOOSE LAKE (2019)

A film by  Yi’nan Diao

Cast:  Ge Hu, Lun-Mei Kwei, Fan Liao 

A gang leader in search of redemption and a prostitute ready to do anything to regain her freedom find themselves at the heart of a manhunt. Together, they decide to play one last time with their destiny.

A man and a woman meet for the first time under the overhang of a railway station entrance, but their meeting is not an accident. The man, Zhou (Hu Ge), is on the run from police, and needs a favor. The woman, Gwei (Liu Aiai) is running away from something too, and she’s there under orders to help Zhou. The Diao’s film neo-noir, takes off from there with flashback. Most of The Wild Goose Lake takes place at night in the murky light of alleys and dimly lit passageways. With the police not far behind Zhou, the film becomes this chase from room to room, and in and out of maze-like streets. Gwei, a woman who you won’t be able to read her face , is Zhou’s accomplice, his savior, or his betrayer. There are high-octane fight scene that is worth looking at and that are never been seen before especially the one with the umbrella.  Diao is capable of never letting go the tension nor the suspense especially with a shot of two people slurping noodles. A great film not to be missed.

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STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (2019)

A film by  J.J. Abrams

Cast:  Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Billie Lourd 

The conclusion of the Skywalker saga. New legends will be born in this epic battle for freedom.

The Star wars Saga is coming to an end finally. I thought I will never see the day. Today is Wednesday that is when are premiere are in France and I was surprise to see at least 200 people in the movie theater at 10 AM in the morning. You should know how it is going to start and where it is going. A New world oder is going to take place. It is a fiesta of great battle and never ending action. Abrams tied up loose ends and attempts to answer fans most burning questions. It is a lot of process in the first viewing and the story have some twists and turns . Abrams tried to balance the story the best he could but to me it a bit predictable. Also I am glad it is J.J. Abrams has directed the last one. Apparently there were a lot of disappointment in the last one The last Jedi. So they had to be careful how to tell this story but there are going to have people who are going to be divided. The Rise of Skywalker is epic without a doubt, and resembles of the three original trilogy films condensed. So I will leave it to you when you watch the movie. Not too bad for an ending but……

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