Cast: Pierre Niney, Anaïs Demoustier, Vincent Rottiers
English title: Through the fire
Franck is a firefighter from Paris. He saves people. He lives in the barracks with his wife who is pregnant. He is happy. During an intervention on a fire, he sacrifices himself to save his men. When he wakes up in a burn treatment center, he realizes that his face has melted in the flames. He will have to relearn how to live, and accept to be saved in his turn. The question is will he accept.
With l’affair SK1, Frédéric Tellier had plunged us with a realism striking in the daily life of an elite police. He plunges himself again into the realism but this time with the firefighter. This story based on a true story takes us with this nice looking man and his beautiful wife who has everything, Tellier here make sure that there will be two stories a love story and a man where is world is going to collapse and will struggle to get back on his feet. At the beginning you see the life of the fireman Franck Pasquier (Pierre Niney) who lives with his wife at the fire station in their own quarters the everyday life that Frank has to go through and the constant training in order to keep in shape. Frank here study to be a fireman and has to have his certificate in order to complete his training. Niney is is remarkable he trained with real firefighter (is a matter of fact the film was shot in the real firehouse) took on 19 pounds of muscles to play the part because the equipment that the firefighter has on them is about 50 pounds so you have to be in shape plus the pounds that he had to lose for the other half of the film. The film tells the story of Frank in stage for his recovery. The things he had to go through in order to get better. The emotional ride of what is going on inside himself and with his family. And finally the road to recovery. Franck is not a fireman like the others. Very demanding of himself and his colleagues, he is also ambitious and the bar is set as high as it can be for him. Training, discipline, he is a paramedics until he gets to the next level the one he is training for to become a firefighter. He knows the sacrifice he has to make even looking at his friend who can’t get there do to some health problem. But suddenly his world is going to crash. Did he believe to be invincible enough to brave the dangers to save his colleagues? Did he make the mistake of the beginner? Has he misjudged the risks? Frédéric Tellier brilliantly shows Franck’s double physical and psychological decent and the struggle to get back to the road of recovery. Which will bring us to the final act love that perishes or love that saves? Here is a story that is moving as well that will raise a lot of question beautifully told by Frédéric Tellier.
Now the film that Anaïs Demoustier plays in called à trois on y vas is about this ménage a trois. Well she did an other one but a different one this time with Mouret who is our woody Allen who keep on doing romantic comedy and he does them well. Of course it is written by him.
Caprice offers an enjoyable if not entirely memorable ménage à trois between a mild-mannered schoolteacher, a platinum blond actress, and the young wannabe actress who risks pulling them apart. Fifth grade instructor Clement (Mouret) yes he is an actor also cannot put a sentence together when he meet the lovely actress Alicia (Efira), a film and theater star whose nephew he’s been hired to tutor in math. Everything goes well and they embark into this wonderful relationship. A drunken night out with best bud, Thomas (Laurent Stocker), Clement winds up sleeping with Caprice, who he met during one of Alicia’s shows days earlier. Things becomes complicated because Caprice wants no more than a casual sexual regular relationship. Meanwhile Thomas and Alicia seems to hit it off and suggest that maybe something is going on there.
Mounter plays his characters almost like woody allen even the story is nothing original but it works here. There is a scene with a coffee cup that is hilarious as hell. Also the one where he breaks his legs and tries to get to his apartment. Demoustier as I said before is shinning here in this one again she seems to get in the right film. She has great chemistry here with Efira. This film feels like a woody Allen film but made in France. There is nothing wrong with that but my guess is to try to find an original idea and make a go of it. Although I enjoyed the film a nice romantic comedy with some french scenery to go with it and yes there is wine drinking in this film after all t is a french film.
When Claire’s (Anais Demoustier) best friend Laura (Isild Le Besco) dies at a young age, she finds herself having to live up to her promise of looking over her widower, David (Romain Duris), and their six month old baby. However, after procrastinating because of the pain her husband tells her to see David that will do her a lot of good. When she turns up at his house she discover a shocking secret. No not that one.
François Ozon is becoming the hottest director in France , he sees to write well. This one is an adaptation form the novel The New girlfriend by Ruth Rendell. It is because of the is secret that she discover that she had a taste for life again. It is a light comedy a la Hitchcock. Certainly it is no the first time that Hitchcock’s shadow is floating above Ozon’s film. As you see the woman from her back in the house as she turn around slowly to reveal herself it has been copied in the film Psycho from Alfred Hitchcock. It is a very complex story as the film progresses you think it is going to be a thriller but not so like I said it is alight comedy/drama. It is about a man who is a window and a woman who missing and desired her best friend between them a dead woman . The montage at the beginning of the film is pure perfect and beautifully photographed . Romain Duris is outstanding in this film you have to go to the distance and it is not easy to do a role like this one. The New Girlfriend is a confident, thought-provoking and great piece of art.