DOCTEUR? (2019)

A film by Tristan Séguéla

Cast:  Michel Blanc, Hakim Jemili, Solène Rigot 

It’s Christmas Eve. The Parisians are preparing to unpack their family gifts. Others watch television alone at home. Still others, like Serge (Michel blanc), works. Serge is the only SOS-Doctor on duty that night. His colleagues have gone to their families. In any case, he no longer has a say because he has taken too many liberties with the practice of medicine, and the radiation hangs in his face. The visits follow one another and Serge tries to follow the rhythm, with drinking a little too much when he gets a call It’s Rose’s, his son’s ex-girlfriend , who calls for help. He arrives at the scene at the same time as a delivery man Uber Eats, Malek, also on duty that night …

Here is a nice little comedy with a duo that works well here. It is Christmas day and Serge is the only doctor on call for the night. His bed side manners are not so good. Here the director Seguela open the film with a visit where the parents are worrying about their newborn the scene is a bit offbeat with a stimulating dialogue. For this story to work the director puts in this character named Malek played by Hakim Jemili who is the delivery man for Uber eats and delivers a comedy with the themes of social classes and mourning. Here is a doctor who is going to need some help from a delivery man. Serge is cold and does his job mechanically with no bedside manners plus he drinks a little too much. Enters Malek who is this gentle soul with a heart. The two men are going to need each other and they don’t even know it yet. Hakim Jemili who is a comedian does a great job for his first role in this film. Here is a nice comedy for the holidays who is going to put a smile on your face and for those who lives in Paris forget the strike from the public transports.

IT MUST BE HEAVEN (2019)

A film by  Elia Suleiman

Cast:  Gael García Bernal, Ali Suliman, Stephen McHattie

ES fled Palestine in search of a new home, before realizing that his home country still follows him as a shadow. The promise of a new life is quickly transformed into an absurd comedy . As far as he travels, from Paris to New York, something reminds him of his homeland. A burlesque tale exploring identity, nationality and belonging, in which Elia Suleiman asks a fundamental question: where can one feel ” at home ” ?

Ok here is the return of Suleiman after an absence of 10 years. A Burlesque comedy , who is not afraid to play the card of simplicity to question the identity of his country. You can tell that Jacques Tati has influence Suleiman it shows in this comedy. There are not too many dialogue in this film the image will speak for itself. It Must Be Heaven follows Elia Suleiman who plays himself as he journeys around the world, starting off in his homeland of Palestine before venturing to Paris, and New York City. Every where he goes he is remained that he is a Palestinian. When ES flew to New York where the clichés are coming back like the fear of terrorist attacks and the proliferation of security measures. The camera work and the frames are carefully chosen by Suleiman in this offbeat comedy. This film looks at offbeat banal moments, usually out of focus, says the director. The film has its own political agenda which has its own cultural identity. Although Suleiman has made this comedy à la Tati has his own signature.

DEUX MOI (2019)

English title: Someone somewhere

A film by  Cédric Klapisch

Cast:  François Civil, Ana Girardot, Camille Cottin 

A lonely young man who is looking for his cat that a neighbor has giving him when he did not want him but which he can no longer do without, a neighborhood grocery colorful store , and a dance classes that bring hearts and bodies together. Here are two lonely people who are trying to connect with people and you will think that is easy those days with all the apps and dating website to connect with someone but those two keeps on missing each other , and to top it all off they live next door to each other in different building. One has trouble sleeping the other can’t sleep and both sees a psychologist. They both lives boring life and has this daily routine. one is trying to get over her break up with her boyfriend the other is trying to get over his sister’s death. Will they ever meet and fall in love with each other?

Two people who might meet each other two who are depressed and trying to find someone to love in a big city like Paris. Klapish return to the city with this romantic film with humanism, his warm and energetic writing makes the film navigate with sincerity. It is easy to watch, fun at times with two great actors who are able to pull this off. He even shot scene next my my neighborhood. My suggestion take you girlfriend to dinner and later see this film. The director also film not far by my apartment.

LA VIE SCOLAIRE (2019)

A film by  Mehdi Idir, Grand Corps Malade

Cast:  Redouane Bougheraba, Maera Chouaki, Bakary Diombera 

A year in the heart of the school in Saint Denis … and what a big mess! Samia, young CPE novice, arrives from his native Ardèche in a High school deemed difficult in the city of Saint-Denis. She discovers the recurring problems of discipline, the social reality weighing on the neighborhood, but also the incredible vitality and humor of both students and supervisors. Among them, there is Moussa, and Dylan . Samia adapts and soon takes pleasure in channeling the passion of the most disruptive students . Her complicated personal situation naturally brings her closer to Yanis, a lively and intelligent teen. Even if Yanis seems to give up all ambition by hiding behind his insolence, Samia will invest all her energy to divert him from failing school and try to get him to project himself into a better future …

Now, the second film by Mehdi Idir and Fabien Marsaud comes at the right time for the start of the school year as it comes out on the screens during the last week of vacation. They wanted to write about their experience in high school but their experience dated from the 90’s so they had to got back to school to observe students in today’s world. Neither fiction nor documentary, the film holds both, with great accuracy and what a great job they did. The young actors here are outstanding being their first time on camera. The focus is this new CPE (Counselor Education Consultant), she has a lot of ambition for the young students and cares for them but it is not easy to stir them in the right direction. Some of them have troubles at home in their private life and the father is not present most of the time. This film is full of energy and comes to life where it has humor at times. It is not an easy thing to teach those kids. Terrific film by the two directors here now let’s see if the nail their third one. I can’t wait.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD (2019)

A film by Quentin Tarantino

Cast:  Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie

The story will focus on Rick Dalton (Leonardo Dicaprio) and his stunt sidekick Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). They have had a great time, but Holywood has changed ( Old Hollywood, becomes new Hollywood, the one we all know now), both has careers on the decline, as the new Hollywood is setting in, they are trying to revive their careers.

So we will see Rick Dalton in many of these old movies, westerns, and see him on the set of his new movie   Cliff, never far away, is does the stunts that he is suppose to do, and his driver for his friend. We find Brad is this cool role once again.  The majority of “Once Upon” takes place on a February weekend in 1969, introducing us to two characters, TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stuntman and best friend Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Rick was the star of a hit Western show called “Bounty Law” but he’s struggling to figure out what’s next, which he is aware that his days of fame are numbered—and he’s encouraged by a personage played by Al Pacino to go to Italy to reboot his career with spaghetti westerns. So we will see Rick Dalton in many of these old movies, westerns, and see him on the set of his new movie   Cliff, never far away. Cliff is laid back lives along tries to get stunt jobs. Of course you will see actors play Bruce Lee (Mike Moh),  Steve McQueen (Damian Lewis) to James Stacy (Timothy Olyphant) and the real-life figures living next to Rick Dalton are the most controversial ones—Roman Polanski (Rafal Zawierucha) and Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie). Is a matter of fact Tate is happiness she has everything going for her in 1969, it was a great year for her until well you know. This movie was filmed with love. Great sets design as well as the streets that that brad drives on. Is the matter of fact they asked businesses that they were going to put neon signs and takes off the modern signs for the movie but the business owners weren’t crazy about it, it took a little bit of convincing and they went for it. But went it was time to put back the old sign back on the businesses owners wanted them to leave the neon signs on because they thought it looks cool. The duo Brad and Dicaprio have great chemistry they got along so well that they want to do a movie together again. This vison is more then perfect even his story telling and as usual the dialogue is perfect. You can tell that Tarantino is the director who is 5 times more passionate than any other directors. Like I said it is filmed with love. I sure going to see this film again. It is a master piece. It feels you are in a dream state. However it will sparks some interesting conversation.

SIBYL (2019)

A film by  Justine Triet

Cast:  Virginie Efira, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Laure Calamy

The film is presented in competition at the Cannes Film Festival 2019Sibyl is a novelist reconverted into a psychoanalyst. Caught up by the desire to write, she decides to leave most of her patients. As she searches for inspiration, Margot, a young actress in distress, begs her to receive her. Margot is in a middle of making a film , she is pregnant with the main actor … who is in a relationship with the director of the film. While she exposes her passionate dilemma, Sibyl, fascinated, record her on her cell phone secretly. The words of her patient nourishes her novel and takes her back in her past. When Margot implores Sibyl to join her in Stromboli for the end of the shoot, everything accelerates at a vertiginous pace …

Sibyl (Virginie Efira) mother, sober for years from alcohol decide to ditch her patient to write an other Novel, after all she was a successful write at one time. She goes to alcoholic anonymous weekly, has her circle of friends as well as a boyfriend. At first when Sibyl receives Margot she fells like she is the mother that has to nourish her child as well as to protect her. That is the first act. The she goes on this island now sibyl has new rules that she has to obey from the director Mika (Sandra Hüller) plus in between there are the flashback of the life of sibyl from time to time. Here is a novelist who is going to have a melt down. Terrific acting from Exarchopoulos and Efira who are plugging themselves in a waterfall of emotions not an easy thing to do. Terrific directing from Justine Triet who directed Vitoria previously.

THE DEAD DON’T DIE (2019)

A film by :  Jim Jarmusch

Cast:  Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Alyssa Maria App, Rosie Perez , Steve Buscemi

The film is presented at the opening of the Cannes Film Festival 2019.In the serene little town of Centerville, something is wrong. The moon is omnipresent in the sky, daylight is unpredictable and animals begin to behave in unusual ways. Nobody really knows why. The news is scary and scientists are worried. But no one could foresee the most bizarre and dangerous event that was going to hit Centerville: THE DEAD DO NOT DIE – the dead come out of their graves and savagely attack the living to feed themselves. The battle for survival begins for the inhabitants of the city.

In this film you will have the following actors : cameos from Tom Waits (Down by Law), Eszter Balint (Stranger than Paradise), Rosie Perez (Night on Earth), Steve Buscemi (Mystery Train), RZA (Coffee & Cigarettes; Ghost Dog), and director Sara Driver, Jarmusch’s partner and creative counsel, who hasn’t appeared on camera in one of his films for 30 years. A cool little comedy / horror from Jarmush who pokes at the zombies movies with the classic clichés makes it an off beat comedy: Horror film. Even Iggy Pop as a cameo. Driver here drive a compact smart car too funny to see a compact car at full speed toward the parking lot arriving at the crime scene. The are a lot of reference to the films of George A Romero after all it is him who started the zombies movies. Take a look what the cap of Steve Buscemi says and the guy who is seating next to him which is Danny Glover. It is a cutting edge horror / comedy movie here with some dark off beat humour. There is a surprise in there somewhere. Worth taking a look. But not everyone is going to like this one.