A film by Emmanuel Finkiel

Cast: Mélanie Thierry, Benoît Magimel, Benjamin Biolay

English: Memoir of pain

June 1944, France is still under the German occupation. The writer Robert Antelme, major figure of the Resistance, is arrested and deported. His young wife Marguerite, writer and a figure of the resistance also, is torn by the anguish of not having news of him plus she has her secret affair with her comrade Dyonis. She meets a French agent of the Gestapo, Rabier, and, ready to do anything to find her husband. She seek help from an other man will she be able to find her husband and will he be still alive? 

Some of you will not like this film; It is the biography of Marguerite Duras and is a key figure on the French twentieth-century literary scene. Born in French Indochina in 1914, Duras studied and worked in France and lived in Paris during the Nazi occupation, and was in the Résistance. After all she won an Oscar for best original screenplay for the film 1959 film Hiroshima mon amour. But this film is told with a narration of literature. Her book was published in 1985 Memoir of pain finally comes to life at the movies. La Douleur flows like blood in the veins. Finkiel plays on the literary codes with a narration of Mélanie Thierry with a sad and depressing  voice. Thierry is act mostly with her facial expressions. She sees her relationship growing with Rabier. But also with Dionys (Benjamin Biolay). Finkiel allows us to wander, to merge into the spirit of Marguerite Duras. Duras is a faded flower that fights with her latest weapons as a resistant and writer that she is. She leads a troubled life. The film is a slow burner but a little long although I found it nice to watch a different view a view of a woman in search of her husband.







A film by Joann Sfar

Cast: Freya Mavor, Benjamin Biolay, Elio Germano

English title: The lady in the car with glasses and a gun. 

The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun, an exceptional novel Sébastien Japrisot. Here is Joann Sfar who is this upcoming director who was a comic book artist turn director. A cool little film here that he has done à la Kelly Lynch/ Claude Chabrol / Hitchcock. It is a remake from the 1970 film of the same name but Sfar put his touch into it.

She has the most extremely  red hair, the most beautiful, the  most myopic, the more sentimental, the one that lies, the most real, the most confusing, the  most stubborn, And the most disturbing heroines. The lady in the car has never seen the sea, she flees the police and keeps repeating that she is not crazy … However ..

Here is a film that has some great photography it has an orange feeling to it with the Heroin who thinks she is not crazy. It is a different road trip film where you will see some beautiful scenery. Freya Mavor who is an english actress fluent in French flawlessly, she spent her summer when she was a kid at La Rochelle where I used to live when I was a kid in the late 60’s. if you really pay attention incarnated this character beautifully well, the heroin who is a bit crazy who wants to fulfill her long time dream to go see the ocean. As the audience members is going to think if she is schizophrenic or are her internal monologues her rational and irrational sides trying to make sense of a bizarre situation? Here is an actress who is relatively new in the business is not too often that an actress like that carries the film beautifully well. She is almost in every shot.  Sfar has paid attention the details of the decor of the 1970’s here as well as the music who has some cool tunes. Some of you might be disappointed of the ending it feels a little rushed but I still like this film. I can’t wait Sfar next film. See this film while drinking a rosé after all it is summer.