EN LIBERTÉ (2018)

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A film by Pierre Salvadori

Cast: Adèle Haenel, Pio Marmaï, Audrey Tautou 

English title: The trouble with you

Yvonne, a young police inspector, discovers that her husband, Captain Santi, a fallen local hero, was not the brave and honest cop that she believed but a true rip-off. Determined to fix this, she will cross the path of Antoine unjustly incarcerated by Santi for eight long years. An unexpected and crazy encounter that will blow their lives away.

Pierre Salvadori offers us an amazing film, explosive, dealing with serious subject matter in light mode, almost humorous or, more accurately “burlesque”. Burlesque is the situation that Yvonne (Adele Haenel) and Antoine (Pio Marmaï) are in. It is about a man sentenced to eight years in prison while he is innocent but want to make for lost time and thinks he deserve it to do whatever he wants. Yvonne who feels guilty when she who is a police officer in an office learns that her husband was on the take. Plus she told great stories about him to her kid before he goes to bed. Yvonne one night after following Antoine meets him accidently.  From there, a strange relationship will form but wait there’s  more she falls in love with someone else. There are some comic scenes here especially the one that when he robs the bank, it is an homage at the silent movies. It is the most hilarious scene in the film trust me. In reality here is that yvonne built this perfect father at the eyes of her son but when she find out that her husband was on the take she has to destroy the image of her husband in order to rebuild it at her son eyes. That is why she is doing what she is doing in the film. I hope I made that clear. Well you’ll see when you see the film. Do not miss this one. Well so far Three great  French comedy in the space of three weeks what the hell is going on?

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LE GRAND BAIN (2018)

LE GRAND BAIN (2018)

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A film by Gilles Lellouche

Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Guillaume Canet, Benoît Poelvoorde, Jean-Hugues Anglade,Virginie Efira, Marina Foïs

English title: Sink or swim

It is in the corridors of their municipal swimming pool that Bertrand, Marcus, Simon, Laurent, Thierry and the others train under the relative authority of Delphine, to train in synchronized swimming. Together, they feel free and tell each other their problems. They will put all their energy into this discipline previously owned by women so, yes it’s a weird idea, but this challenge will allow them to find meaning in their lives …

Here is a film from Lellouche who is an actor also but decided to direct this inventive comedy. I love  the scene where they are going to steal the swimsuits (a parody of a heist film with 70’s music ,the funniest part of the film) but also and especially those of synchronized swimming which he manages to perfectly capture the choreography . Lellouche manages to film the mixture of malice and virtuosity of the characters. Here are a group of sad middle age men who are in a middle age crisis who want to find again meaning in their life and  the only way for them is to try to succeed in this competition of synchronized swimming. Here is a group of people who are trying to forget their problem by concentrating in this activity. A cool comedy / feel good movie that is breath of fresh air.

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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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L’AMOUR FLOU (2018)

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A film by Romane Bohringer, Philippe Rebbot

Cast: Romane Bohringer, Philippe Rebbot, Rose Rebbot-Bohringer 

English: Blurred love.

Romane and Philippe are breaking up. After 10 years together, two children and a dog, they do not love each other anymore. and yes … they are no longer in love. But they love each other, anyway. In short … It’s vague. Then, under the watchful eye of those around them, they give birth to a “separation”: two separate apartments, communicating through … the room of their children! Can we separate together? Can one redo one’s life without undoing it?

Here are two actors that were in real life together for 10 years and had two kids. They decided to tell their story on the big screen with their kids in it as well as their families. L’AMOUR FLOU, a bold little jewel at their eyes. It is the end for the couple after 10 years but decided for the sake of the kids to have a joint apartment where the kids’ room in the middle. They decided to tell their story and to direct the film together which took 24 days. In an interview they said it could have been a painful period but decided to remain on good terms. However Philippe was ready to write the period were they both were pissed at each other but It’s Romane who brought back the film to something lighter, without censoring it. It has comedy, it is full of love, and some sadness which the film takes off from the beginning and you will never get bored. It is delightful to see such a film now days. The audience will connect with it big time. Bravo to Romane Bohringer, and Philippe Rebbot, who decided to tell their story.

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A SIMPLE FAVOR (2018)

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A film by Paul Feig

Cast: Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding

After the disappearance of her best friend, a woman seeks to uncover the truth will she succeed?

A simple Favor is not an easy film to make because it is a comedy / Thriller with sometimes slapstick comedy with a who done it attitude and if the director makes a false moves say goodbye to the film. It is suspenseful as well as hilarious. A nice job from Paul Feig. What I love about it is an American film with French songs in it. Serge Gainsbourg songs, including “Bonnie & Clyde,” his duet with Brigitte Bardot I have the CD of it , plus “Une Histoire de Plage,” “Laisse Tomber les Filles,” and Jean Paul Keller’s “Ca C’est Arrange.” The mood setting here is perfect it has it from the start.

Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick) , a single mom who runs a popular vlog, where she shares recipes, parenting tips, and how to do anything else. She is over enthusiastic over-volunteering at her son’s school and so forth. She is not too popular with the other parents who makes fun of her. One day she meets Emily Nelson (Blake Lively)—whose son goes to school with Stephanie’s son. They actually drinks martini together and becomes friends. Emily is direct and swear like a sailor. Stephanie does not see the smoke screen that is in the front of her because Emily thought her off-balance. The actresses are made for each other, the awkwardness from Stephanie is so funny. Emily is warm one minutes the next she is a total bitch. One day Emily ask Stephanie one Simple Favor pick up her son from school only to find out later on  that Emily is missing. So Stephanie goes into detective mode. Yes there are twists along the way with humor and spontaneity,  well the film does not take itself seriously at all. So trust me you are going to have a good time. Enjoy the ride.

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BONHOMME (2018)

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A film by Marion Vernoux

Cast: Nicolas Duvauchelle, Ana Girardot, Béatrice Dalle

Marilyne ( Ana Girardot) and her boyfriend Nicolas Duvauchelle)  had a car accident . Her boyfriend however hit his head on the windshield. He now has a mind of a child and Marilyne must take care of him.

The two characters were living their everyday lives like everyone, work, going out with friends, traveling, vacation. Marion Vernoux’s films never left the country, however her films are well made and well thought out needless to say her films are not selling outside France it is what I have been told. Here is a touchy subject and it was difficult for her to write without offending anyone. All shots are well thought out. This is why she chose  those two actors Nicolas Duvauchelle, Ana Girardot which are high-caliber actors. Head trauma here is a taboo subject and it can be correct with surgery in some cases. However here Vernoux has put a little humor into it.  Some scenes will be sensitive to some viewers. Also Vernoux shows us how it is difficult to take care of someone with this kind of injury. Here is a film that is innovative with an effective script. I hope the film will sell to other countries. 

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BLACKkKLANSMAN (2018)

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A film by Spike Lee

Cast: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier 

Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan. Based on a true story.

Here Spike manages to tell this story like a blaxploitation film with comedy into it as well. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron (John David Washington) son of Denzel Washington, the first African-American officer hired by the Colorado Springs Police Department, has infiltrated the local Klan chapter and talk on the phone with David Duke (Topher Grace). and Adam Driver’s ably plays Flip Zimmerman, a Jewish cop. Now you are going to say how did he do that a black man infiltrating the KKK. Well you will have to see the film. It is downright hilarious especially when Ron calls the KKK to join because he saw an ad in the paper.  Spike makes references to the trump regime. It is so funny at times. Here is a dude who has some strikes against him He is black police officer the first in Colorado Spring , and he is trying to infiltrate the klan, if his boss let him do it to begin with. Persistence, and perseverance will pay off and at what cost. Comic with absurdity, real tension caricatured characters, everything contributes to making the film a happy pamphlet, soaked in the music Motown. A perfect casting, great acting and story telling what more do you want this summer.

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