LE JEU (2018)

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A film by Fred Cavayé

Cast: Bérénice Bejo, Suzanne Clément, Stéphane De Groodt

English title: Nothing to hide 

 

The title translation however is The game.  A bunch of friends at dinner time decide to play a “game”: each must place his mobile phone in the middle of the table and each text, phone call, mail, Facebook message, must be read out loud and the phone calls are to be listened on speaker. And yes the nightmare is going to begin.

It is the evening of the total lunar eclipse at the beginning of the 21st century that the couple Marie and Vincent have chosen to invite their best friends to a good meal at home. Remake of the Italian film PERFETTI SCONOSCIUTI (2016), why is that not surprising me at all. Ok then the thing is that we missed and messed up some comedies  the last few years that this one stand out and thank god. Here is a casting nothing but stars and it works here. Be Careful what you wish for and make sure that not one sees your cell phone. The thing is here the cell phone is  something private for some people. The director make sure here that there was a little bit of everything in there. People have secret that they don’t want their spouse or friends to know. When the Pandora’s box is open everything could happen. Yes it is a dramatic comedy where you are not going to be bored but you are going to laugh and yes there are times it is going to be serious. Think about it would you want your spouse see you cell phone? Everybody has secrets it is a fact of life. Now that is not a game I am going to play ever well like the rest of you. After such a rush of tension and secrets reaveled how can anyone go home?

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LE REDOUTABLE (2017)

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A film by Michel Hazanavicius

Cast: Louis Garrel, Stacy Martin, Bérénice Bejo

It is the life Of Jean-luc Goddard at the time when he married actress Anne Wiazemsky. Anne Wiazemsky and Michel Hazanavicius wrote the screenplay from her autobiography “Un an après” ( one years after).

Le Redoubtable portrays Jean-Luc Godard circa 1968, in the period of his life in which he embraced radical politics and revolution, turned his back on his earlier work, and married 19-year-old student Anne Wiazemsky, the star of his film “La Chinoise,” who had also been the child actress in Bresson’s Au Hasard Balthazar. Here is where louis Garrel shines he embodies Goddard perfectly well even looks like him. His performance is outstanding and I don’t think the critics thought he could pull it off. Here goddard is portrayed as this jerk who has an enormous chips on his shoulder. Goddard began to be involved in politics and even went in one manifestation after an other. His earlier work he did not like and thought that the rest of those director did not know how to make a film. Hazanavicius told someone that Goddard was god like when he did his early work. But something sparks in his brain where his film began to be more political. 

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Anne (Stacy Martin) does as well a perfect job to portray Anne plus Michel has nail the period with the fashion and the decor here. The film here has an outrageous scenes after an other where you see Goddard who is going to destroy the marriage. There is some stuff that i didn’t know about Goddard but i m not revealing the rest of it I do not want to spoil it for those who has not see it yet. If you are a fan of Goddard I recommend this film big time.

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FAI BEI SOGNI (2016)

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A film by Marco Bellocchio

Cast: Bérénice Bejo, Valerio Mastandrea, Fabrizio Gifuni, Emmanuelle Devos

English title: Sweat Dreams. 

Here is the life of  journalist Massimo Gramellini’s autobiographic novel Sweet Dreams, Little One, made into a movie by Marco Bellocchio.

At the age of nine, Massimo’s mother (Barbara Ronchi) dies. This tragic event haunts Massimo from his childhood to his adult years. He becomes a journalist. 30 years later he discover this little secret about his family. You first see the life of Massimo with his mother and the love she had for him. You see sweet dreams are the words that little Massimo’s mother whispered into his ear while he was sleeping, before she took her last breath. Lost without his mother Massimo was forced to grow up under that dark cloud of anguish. Because he was shy he sank refuge to his own imagination. He is having a hard time letting go the death of his mother despise all the success a s a journalist. One day he meets Elisa (Bérénice Bejo), a young  doctor, this allows him to come to terms with that childhood secret.  Bejo here doe know how to speak Italian, Espagnol, she is Argentinian and  she is married the French director Academy award winner for the film L’artist Michel Hazanavicius one of those actress that I love . Fai Bei sogni is a human tragedy, a tender movie that open the Cannes Film festival in 2016. A beautiful film.

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THE SEARCH (2014)

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A film Michel Hazanavicius

Cast: Bérénice Bejo, Annette Bening, Maksim Emelyanov

The film opens with a voice saying”Welcome to a big, shitty country: Chechnya.” The screen of an amateur video camera displays the date of 16/10/99, and the voice of a Russian soldier comments live on the atrocities committed  the Great Russia  against villagers ironically classed as terrorists (and treated like dog) before they are coldly executed. From his window, Hadji (Abdul Khalim Mamatsuevi), a nine years old boy witnesses the murder of his parents. He holds in his arms his younger brother, a baby. Escaping from the soldiers and hidden from the army tank, he finds a house where they are still people living inside so he lives his brother on the chair outside rings the door bell then runs to hide to make sure that the people took his brother. This is his journey truing to get out of the country and find a place where he can find peace not knowing if his sister is still alive of course he thinks she is dead.

Terrific film from Michel Hazanavicius who directs his wife Bérénice Bejo who does a great job here. Bérénice plays a woman who gather testimonies for the European Union Human Rights Committee. Helen (Annette Benning) Plays the leader of the red cross and cross path with the boy. The orphan Hadji fears the soldier he does not trust them. For a kid who is 9 years old and seems so much devastation from the war and killing you can pretty much feels what he fells. And this young actor has just done a wonderful job at it.  We also plunge into the side of the Russian army with Kolia’s (Maxim Emelianov) initiation into the war, a character forcibly enlisted in order to avoid prison for possession of cannabis and who will brutally learn what it is to be a soldier in Russia. Grippy dark gray feel trough the film you feel that you are there. The search tells the story of war in multiple perspectives, the soldier, innocent child, civilian, Red Cross leader, and a sister looking for her brother.

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LE PASSÉ (2013)

English title: The Past.
A film by Asghar Farhadi.
Cast: Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa.
Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) an Iranian man, arrives in Paris after four years to meet his ex-wife (Bénénice Bejo) and her daughters from her previous marriage, because his wife requested him to be there to sign the divorce paper. He soon learns that his wife is in a relationship with an other man named Samir (Tahar Rahim) who has a son and a wife in the coma. The relationship of the older daughter and her mother is in deterioration because the daughter thinks her mother is the cause of Samir’s wife comatose state. The affairs get more complicated when the older daughter discloses something heinous she has done.
Here is a terrific director from Iran came to France to do a film. He does not speak french. He always wanted to do a film in France. He shot it in the suburb of Paris as well as in Paris. He said” I don’t want to shoot the film in a commercialize way” meaning he shot it in Paris where you would normally shot the film. Most film are shot in the most beautiful part of Paris Farhadi din’t want that. A woman at an airport, eagerly waiting for a man to arrive. They meet, they embrace and they run through the rain to their car. The woman takes the wheel and backs out of the parking space. The rear window is wet and damp, she doesn’t have a clear view of what happens behind the car and she almost hits another vehicle. The perfect scene for an opening of this film looking back at events in the past, and not getting a clear view of the future and the meaning of it. The script is an intelligent story for a change. it gives up little piece of information at the time. It keeps you interested and on the edge of your seat. The dramatic power of the film increases gradually which you do not see that too often in film today. The screenplay i tells exactly what you need to know, not more and not less. An outstanding performances from all the actors. This film is an emotional roller coaster. The best film of the year so far.

POPULAIRE (2012)

A film by Régis Roinsard.
Cast: : Romain Duris, Déborah François, Bérénice Bejo.
Spring, 1958. 21-year-old Rose Pamphyle lives with her grouchy widower father who runs the village store. Engaged to the son of the local mechanic, she seems destined for the quiet, drudgery-filled life of a housewife. But that’s not the life Rose longs for. When she travels to Lisieux in Normandy, where charismatic insurance agency boss Louis Echard is advertising for a secretary, the ensuing interview is a disaster. But Rose reveals a special gift – she can type at extraordinary speed. Unwittingly, the young woman awakens the dormant sports fan in Louis. If she wants the job she’ll have to compete in a speed typing competition. Whatever sacrifices Rose must make to reach the top, Louis declares himself her trainer. He’ll turn her into the fastest girl not only in the country, but in the world! But a love of sport doesn’t always mix well with love itself .
Populaire was a pleasant surprise fresh and entertaining. The director seen some documentary about speed typing competition and so gave birth to the movie. There is Louis Échard (Romain Duris) when he first saw Rose Pamphyle (Déborah François) thought she won’t be good for him but when he heard her type like a demon, he saw potential in her, he needed her to succeed to feed his ego. He thought that she needed him but it was the other way around. Rose thought that they were more to life than just being a house wife and to have kids , she wanted to see the world and have a job that is exiting and fun. the set up is in the late 50’s and was well done by the set decorator. An entertaining romance-comedy with predictable twists and a happy ending that the viewer looks forward to and gratifies him/her fully. Fun to watch and I found it amusing.

L’ ARTIST(2011)

A film by Michel Hazanavicius.

Cast: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman

Outside a movie premiere, enthusiastic fan Peppy Miller literally bumps into the hero of the silent film, George Valentin. The star reacts graciously and Peppy plants a kiss on his cheek as they are surrounded by photographers. The headlines demand: “Who’s That Girl?” and Peppy is inspired to audition for a dancing bit-part at the studio. However as Peppy slowly rises through the industry, the introduction of talking-pictures turns Valentin’s world upside-down. Here is a terrific movie doing a homage to silent movie and it is impossible to forget. this film. I remember a friend of mine saying that a few people walk out of the theater because they thought it was not a silent film and they did not like silent film and it is the most entertaining film Of all time and the best film of 2011.
“The Artist” knows you’re aware it’s silent and kids you about it. Not that it’s entirely silent, of course; like all silent films were, it’s accompanied by music. One of its inspirations was probably “Singin’ in the Rain,” a classic about a silent actress whose squeaky voice didn’t work in talkies and about the perky little unknown actress who made it big because hers did. the heroine (Debbie Reynolds) fell in love with an silent star. but a nice one, you know? Played by Gene Kelly in 1952 and by Jean Dujardin now, he has one of those dazzling smiles you suspect dazzles no one more than himself. Jean Dujardin Became the first French actor to win the Best Actor in a Leading Role Academy Award for his performance in The Artist (2011) on February 26, 2012 and has such a command of comic timing and body language that he might have been — well, a silent star. As Norma Desmond, the proud silent star in “Sunset Boulevard,” hisses: “We didn’t need dialogue. We had faces!”
As was often the case in those days, the cast of “The Artist” includes actors with many different native tongues, because what difference did it make? John Goodman makes a bombastic studio head, and such familiar faces as James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Missi Pyle and Ed Lauter turn up. I love blac an white movies It give them style and it is more concern with essence than details. It has depth to it and attitude.
A must see as zoo as possible.