MON BÉBÉ (2019)

A film by  Lisa Azuelos

Cast:  Sandrine Kiberlain, Thaïs Alessandrin, Victor Belmondo

English title : Sweetheart

Heloise is the mother of three children. Jade, her “youngest daughter”, has just turned eighteen and will soon be leaving the nest to continue his studies in Canada. Jade’s departure approaches, and in the stress that this represents, Heloise remembers their shared memories, those of a tender and fusional mother-daughter relationship, and anticipates this departure by playing the apprentice filmmakers with her IPhone, so she has memories to look back to when Jade is gone …

Nearly three years after “Dalida”, more than ten years after “LOL “, the director Lisa Azuelos returns with Mon Bébé going back to the family theme that she does so well especially the mother daughter relationship. It is filmed with ease and grace and I so love that. Extremely well writing, entertaining, well casting need I say more. Ok I will say more first Sandrine Kiberlain delivers the role beautifully well has great chemistry with Thaī Alessandrin who is a new comer I think and to top it all off Victor Belmondo the grandson of Jean-Paul Belmondo is in this film. A bit of a autobiographie in there somewhere like her film LOL. The director here admitted that she was faced with the departure of her own daughter who like in the film has decided to study in Canada. So she decided to write it finally but under a form of fiction. It is an emotional film but not too emotional with some moments of pure beauty. We know that the last child that is going to leave it is going to be difficult for the mother to let her go. It is hard for a mother to let go her child into to the world the mother wants always to protect her child don’t matter what. Azuelos avoid the clichés here and what a terrific film she directed. You will have a good time guaranteed.

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REBELLES (2019)

A film by  Allan Mauduit

Cast:  Cécile de France, Yolande Moreau, Audrey Lamy

Without work or diploma, Sandra, former Miss Nord-Pas-de-Calais, returns to live with her mother in Boulogne-sur-Mer after 15 years on the Côte d’Azur. Hired at the local cannery, she vigorously rejects her boss’s advances and kills him accidentally. Two other girls witnessed the scene. As they prepare to call for help, the three workers discover a bag full of money in the deadman’s locker. A fortune that they decide to share. May the adventure begins…..

English title: Rebels

Rebelles” is a dark comedy that reveals three ordinary women in extraordinary situations: jubilant roles for Cécile de France, Audrey Lamy and Yolande Moreau. The film is a little bit à la Tarantino and you will think later on you are in a sergio Leone film. Here is Sandra (Cécile de France), Marilyn (Audrey Lamy) et Nadine (Yolande Moreau) who is suppose to clean the machinery after work and where Sandra’s boss is going to attempt to rape her which Sandra is going to cut something off him and he will try to get away in pain while falling is the stairs to his death. Well here are are three feminist musketeers who are going to find a bag a money from their dead boss. Now the thing is how to hide the body and what to do with the money? Rebelles avoid anchoring the film in a defined context, are we in 2019 od 1999 we do not know. No gadgets, no hi-tech here and no clichées either. The director here has a great casting here, the actresses does a great jobs to embody everyday women who are going to find themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Here is a dark comedy with girl power. This amazing film, awarded at Alpe d’Huez, surprises with its constant changes of tone. This explosive comedy contains some dark humor, but has some great gags.

THE FALL OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE (2019)

A film by  Denys Arcand

Cast:  Éric Bruneau, Maxim Roy, Vincent Leclerc 

At the age of 36, despite a doctorate in philosophy, Pierre-Paul Daoust is a driver for a delivery company. One day, he witnesses a hold-up that goes wrong, killing two of the gangsters. He finds himself alone with two huge sports bags stuffed with money. Millions of dollars. The irresistible power of money will shake up his values in which he is going to meet an escort girl, an insightful ex-con and a roguish business lawyer. After The Decline of the American Empire and the Barbarian Invasions, The Fall of the American Empire closes the trilogy for the director Denys Arcand.

A modern Robin Hood tale that the director Arcand and it is a smart comedy beautifully written. This modern fable has nothing to do with America as you can see by the title. Here is a man who by accident is there at a robbery that is going to go wrong and decided in a spur of the moment to take the two sport bags. Pierre is an intelligent man who is going to put in motion not only to keep the money that are from some dangerous gangsters but he is going to meet a call girl , a banker, and an ex-con that he will need in order to survive. There is a message in there somewhere a message where the wealthy explores today’s society and our views on money. The performances stand out with humour . Terrifc fable from Denys Arcand.

EDMOND (2019)

A film by Alexis Michalik

Cast:  Thomas Solivérès, Olivier Gourmet, Mathilde Seigner 

December 1897, Paris. Edmond Rostand is in late 20’s but already has two children and a lot on his plate. He has not written anything plays in two years. He then suddenly he proposes to the great Constant Coquelin a new play, a heroic comedy, but has not written it yet. But as he goes along nobody believe in the play. The title: “Cyrano de Bergerac”.

Man what a cool film, it moves fast and you are not going to be bored. Here is a young writer who has writer’s block when suddenly it comes to him through his friend who cannot speak to women and little by little he started to write this play that has to be finish by the end of the year. As the play gets written the actors started to see that they had this beautiful yet successful play. Michalik here adapted this play into the screen beautifully well. It is a joy to see this comedy taking off right from the start. The casting is absolutely unbelievable and fun to watch. It is a story based on a true story on how the play came about. You see Edmond (Thomas Solivérès) who just saw the brothers Lumiére’s first film Edmond though there will be no more play. But he decide to write an other play another masterpiece. Once he got everybody excited he needed some kind of funding and yes you will not believe who produced that play. It all comes together but with many obstacles. The director manages to capture the contagious energy of the actors. Also Michalik does not like to slow the film down. It is an homage to the author and the famous play, it is a declaration of love to the theater, the actors and the magic that shines on the screen. The play Cyrano de Bergerac has been played 20,000 times and the most successful play in France. Do not miss this one.

LADY WINSLEY (2019)

A film by  Hiner Saleem

Cast:  Mehmet Kurtulus, Ezgi Mola, Senay Gürler

Following the murder of an American author on a small island in Istanbul, an inspector arrives. In this small family community, his investigation and methods will arouse resistance and reveal family secrets …

Hiner Saleem, born in Iraqi Kurdistan, fled the regime of Saddam Hussein when he was seventeen. Refugee in Italy, where he studied at the university, he then moved to France. The twelve feature films he made were often financed by European co-productions. later Hiner Saleem opted for the thriller, transposing its action in the small island of Buyukada, near Istanbul. The choice of shooting on the island in the winter gave the story a hell of a thriller crime atmosphere with tension. Do not get me wrong about this brilliant and elegant film that is reminiscent of the universe of Agatha Christie. Saleem said in an interview he wanted to do a thriller my way, so he put in some comedy into it plus the fact that is a bit off beat. Because during the difficult investigation conducted by the inspector Fergane finds out secrets, and that the local corrupt commissioner is going to slow him down. Mehmet Kurtulus incarnate his character exceptionally well. What I like about it it not a hollywood production he has actors from all walk of life not all good looking and thin. It is more realistic that way. Lady Winsley is a breath of fresh air for a Director whose work has so far been rather confidential.

UN BEAU VOYOU (2018)

A film by  Lucas Bernard

Cast:  Charles Berling, Swann Arlaud, Jennifer Decker

English: A handsome Thief

Commissioner Beffrois waits for retirement with mixed enthusiasm when a bunch of stolen paintings catches his attention. Is it the elegance of the process, the different painting that are stolen, the audacity of the crime or the cat and mouse game that is going to take place. Is the Commissioner going to catch this thief before he retire?

A investigation jubilant in the world of art. It is a surprise for the first film of the year the tone, the dialogue, the story, the chemistry with the actors shot in Paris what more do you want? It looks like a bit from the film to catch a thief from Alfred Hitchcock, rewriting in today’s context. Here is the commissioner who is going to retire soon but is fascinated by the thief who is stealing work of art in the apartments in Paris. He has some issues about his sons who are leaving the apartment and the fact that he is going to retire which he won’t be able to work with his colleague, it looks like he is going to miss that. Charles Berling gives his character a facetious tone, with shining eyes and a quirky humor. Swann Arlaud brings the touch of mystery, discretion and sympathy to his character. You even kind of like him. There are a nice chase on the top of the roof of the apartments in Paris. A nice film by the first time director Lucas Bernard.

DIAMANTINO (2018)

A film by  Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt

Cast: Carloto Cotta, Cleo Tavares, Anabela Moreira

Diamantino is the global icon of football, a flamboyant hero touched by grace. When suddenly, at the World Cup, his genius is vaporized and  his career is at a dead stop . Problem: he knows nothing else. The fallen star, is now the object of national ridicule. He now has more time on his hand to discovers the world. 

Diamantino belongs to this new wave of films that dare to combine humor, science fiction and fantasy and revisit the founding myths (Frankenstein, hybridity, monstrosity, fear of the refugees) with audacity and talent. Film buffs, this film is for you. The directors mix a bunch of stuff in this film but also some issues like the refugee crisis and right-wing propaganda. It is also a story of love and affection. A stroke of genius for the directors Abrantes and schmidt. Plus there are more narratives than that, there are the two government agents, the two evil twin sister who are the sisters of Diamantino, the doctor Lamborghini too funny there. Carloto Cotta here give a sincere performance at playing dumb with a child’s mentality. Diamantino is imaginative, strange, and full of affection and love. It is unlike any other film.