Posted in French film

LES ORGRES (2016)

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A film by Léa Fehner

Cast: François Fehner, Marion Bouvarel, Marc Barbé, Adèle Haenel

The Davaï Théâtre crosses France to interpret The Bear of Chekhov. In this troop of actors who are full of life, have fun doing their play, parties after hours, when suddenly an actress goes back in play will suddenly woke some events that was buried within each of them.

In her second feature film Fehner here goes back to her childhood where her sister and her parents where travelling and  grew up in this theatre troupe traveling all over France. The song here are perfect for this film it interpret freedom. And here is a dazzling piece of art, brilliantly directed I might add.

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The film becomes this car chase living it up, boozing, sexed people who travel the freedom road, live day-to-day and have fun acting at night. They will do parade to promote their theatre pass fliers and even interacts with the people of the town. they will in the evening performs (Checkhov Cabaret), than drinking around the tent to hangovers and tidying up the day after the party, and packed up to got to the next town. Yes there is the occasional yelling at each other followed by stubborn dreams and disappointments to be overcome. The birth of a child is going to stress the whole troupe. The intensity of their happiness and drama, their passion for theatre that contaminates every waking moment of their lives, which has an all-consuming appetite for human interaction, with strong egos rubbing shoulders for better or for worse. Of course Fehner’s sister and parents are in this film they are still doing what they do best. The director here was born into it. Lived it. Is a matter of fact Léa Fehner’s father is the director of the troop. A bold film that will fascinate. 

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Posted in Based on a true story, U.S. Film

HHhH (2017)

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A film by Cédric Jimenez

Cast: Rosamund Pike, Stephen Graham, Mia Wasikowska, Céline Salette

The explosive rise of Reinhard Heydrich, a fallen soldier, trained towards Nazi ideology by his wife Lina. Himmler’s right arm and leader of the Gestapo, Heydrich became one of the most dangerous men in the regime. Hitler appointed him to Prague to take over the command of Bohemia-Moravia and entrusted him with the task of devising a definitive plan of extermination. Two young soldiers, Jan Kubis and Jozef Gabcik. One is Czech, the other Slovak. They both joined the Resistance to free their country from the German occupation. They trained in London and volunteered to accomplish one of the most important secret missions, and one with the most risky: eliminate Heydrich. For the Resistance their comes first above all. On May 27, 1942, the fates of Heydrich, Jan and Jozef rocked  the course of history.

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Adapted from the homonymous novel by Laurent Binet, Goncourt Prize in 2010, HHhH (Himmler Hirn heisst Heydrich, or The Brain of Himmler is called Heydrich) returns to a little known but essential episode of the Second World War. The operation Anthropoid whose mission is to send two young Czechoslovak paratroopers trained in London to prepare the assassination of Reinhart Heydrich, one of the worst leaders of the Nazi regime. Vice-protector of Bohemia-Moravia played a major role in the organization of the Holocaust and was in charge of the control of the Einsatzgruppen (mobile extermination units entrusted with the task of eliminating real or imaginary opponents in the Third Reich) . Cédric Jimenez turns to a radical and uncompromising historical thriller. Opposing the frightening rise of a being without faith or law to the heroic bravery of young people ready to do anything to save their country. They even connected with a couple of girls there and had a moment of passionate love before they went into battle. However they knew there was a small chance that they were going to get out  alive. Courageous yes. Heroes most definitely those are the heroes of our times. Actually they had the balls to go through with it, in doing so they rocked history forever. Here is a shocking film with a brilliant performances by the actors especially Jason Clark. To all those who fought in WWI And WWII My hats goes to you and Thank you.

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Posted in U.S. Film

WONDER WOMAN (2017)

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A film byPatty Jenkins

Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright

I have watched the wonder woman series with Lynda Carter back in the 70’s and I thought to myself cool not too bad for a series back then. When the special effect got better,  finally it got done, it took its time to get there. Perfect casting and as far as the story line goes Patty Jenkins has created an emotional line. 

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The story goes back when she was a kid the picturesque shores of Themyscira, the utopian paradise, where she later trained to be a warrior. one day she rescued a pilot (Chris Pine), decides to leave her home to fight the war (World War I) raging in the outside world. Besides its theme on humanity’s sinful nature and the subtle Christian  Wonder Woman has  toned-down on the action sequences. The chemistry is there among the cast and so is the acting. A lot of fighting up close plus a final battle at the end are done with the CGI. The cinematography is dazing where Themyscira into a gorgeous Utopia. Jenkins has used the colour of gold, blue and green , which turn later to Brown, black and a dark univers devastated by the war. Ok the  film is directed by a woman about a woman who kick ass smart move. It is nice for a change to see a woman kick ass. When are they going to do Cat woman? If anyone knows let me know.

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Posted in U.S. Film

THE WALL (2017)

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A film by Doug Liman

Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena, Laith Nakli

Bitter, subversive, and violently fierce and armed with a super 8mn camera running about 90 minutes here is a film by Doug Liman which operates as both a genre exercise like  Phone Booth and Buried, while angrily commenting on American foreign military involvement. And yes Doug Liman can deliver a smart gut punchy war film that is a little gem. Of course some of you might have trouble with the ending. A film by distributor Amazon Studios.

Centering on two American soldiers, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and John Cena, who become trapped by an Iraqi sniper near a small compound and partially destroyed cement wall. Everything in this film is not explain wand you will have questions but that is one thing that I like in this film. Taylor-Johnson is very outstanding  as the panic-stricken soldier who is also dealing with a potentially life-threatening bullet wound. While his follow soldier is hit spends most of film with his face down in the dirt but is still kicking and a live but you do not know how severe are his injuries. The cinematography is exceptional here due to the fact it is film in the desert where the sun is scorching hot . Although it is shot outside it is going to feel claustrophobic due to the fact that one soldier is behind the wall and can’t get out and leave. Here (France)  the film is in 18 theatres but the response so far is good.

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Posted in U.S. Film

MAN IN THE WILDERNESS (1971)

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A film by Richard C. 

Cast: Richard Harris, John Huston, Henry Wilcoxon

1820. A trapper, left for dead after having been wounded by a grizzly bear, tries to survive in a hostile nature with only one idea in mind: revenge his former companions, led by a visionary captain whose ship is dragged By 28 mules through a territory  infested with Indians …

The film focuses on an 1820 trapping expedition to the Northwest territory led by Captain Henry (John Huston), a former naval commander. The opening of the film where Henry and his crew are hauling a loads of furs on a boats on wheels pulled by 20 mules and what a raw site that is in this raw nature, they are trying to get to the Mississippi river before the Indians gets them. When two trapper goes hunting one get hurt by a bear and his left on the side of the road to die.

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The thing is is that here is a man who is left on the side on the road to die. But this man named Bass (Richard Harris) has this incredible will to survive. With broken ribs and a broken leg is trying to get to the convoy back to his friends to seeks revenge. Richard C. Sarafian has been able to capture the essence of nature where back in the day men was hunting to get food and fur. There is flashback when he was an orphan and so on. The dialogue is minimal. Sarafian relies on facial expressions and the ever-changing landscape to evoke a sense of wonder and mystery. It is the law of the jungle here one must feed himself and in order to do that has to kill. Kill to eat or die and get eaten. Which it is clear in Bass’s case. It is as realistic as it gets here. The formula is simple no heroes, no bastard here, and no clichés. Well done Mr.Sarafian. 

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Posted in Greek Film, uncategorized

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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RESULTS OF THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL (2017)

 

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The square (2017) palme d’or for Ruben östlund

120 beats a minutes (2017) for Robin Campillo

In the fade (2017)  Best actress Diane Kruger

You Were Never Really Here Best actor Joaquin Phoenix

The killing of a sacred deer (2017) Best screenplay Yorgos Lanthimos, And You were never here Lynne Ramsay

The Beguiled Best director Sofia Coppola

Prix spécial du festival (life time work) Nicole Kidman

Prix du Jury: Loveless (2017) Andreï Zviaguintsev