Posted in U.S. Film

GOING IN STYLE (2017)

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A film by Zach Braff

Cast: Ann-Margret, Peter Serafinowicz, Joey King 

It is a remake of the 1979 movie of the same name that starred three big names on the back-end of their careers, George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg. The new version has star power with Michael Caine, Alan Arkin and Morgan Freeman, working amusingly together as retirees who find out that their pension plan is frozen until further noticed due to the fact that the company is going to move to Vietnam.

Ok you guess what they are going to do, well the film is 100% predictable even with this little twist in there. In this one you will see pot smoking,vigorous sex has been enjoyed, and the gents have done a nice job of outsmarting the detective (Matt Dillon) who is investigating the robbery. Christopher Lloyd has done a hilarious job in playing the typical senior citizen. Director, Zach Braff, has directed a well executed film here that you will enjoy but no more no less.  The cast is near perfect and Ann-Margret where it is nice to see her still acting plus she still looks good, amazing.

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Posted in Italian Film

LO CHIAMAVANO JEEG ROBOT (2015)

 

 

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A film by Gabriele Mainetti

Cast: Claudio Santamaria, Luca Marinelli, Ilenia Pastorelli

English: They called him Jeeg Robot

Ok here is a Italian film that was released in 2015 we just got it in France on the big screen today. C’est la vie. The english title however is going to be They call me Jeeg Robot.

Enzo (Claudio Santamaria), a small-time criminal who makes ends meet on a daily basis, pick-pocketing and so on a small fish staying out of the gaze of the bigger fish. One day, after being chase by the police Enzo hides along the side of the bay in the water. After being sick and vomiting black goop, Enzo discovers he can suddenly resist almost any impact,  he is super-strong, and his wounds heals  fast. So he uses his newfound powers the best way he knows: By ripping an ATM machine with his bare hands, well after all he is a criminal so therefore it is going to be easy for him to make money.

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Alessia is a girl with a mental disorder who escapes reality by continuously watching the Jeeg Robot anime and relating everything to it. Somehow because of her the emotional wall that Enzo has been building around him is going to crash slowly. In the mix you put in an other gang headed by Fabio who see things in big. Here it is not you standard super hero story. It is funny at times and dark the next, than sad and so on. Jeeg Robot totally cleaned up at the Italian Oscars, getting  sixteen nominations out of a possible twenty-four, and winning seven of them, including all four acting categories. The thing is here they left it open for a second one or more which I hope to see them made.

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Posted in Argentinian Film, Spanish film

EL CIUDADANO ILUSTRE (2017)

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A film by Gastón Duprat, Mariano Cohn

Cast: Oscar Martínez, Dady Brieva, Andrea Frigerio

English title:The Distinguished Citizen

Daniel Mantovani (Oscar Martinez) is a celebrated Nobel Prize-winning author living in Barcelona. His stories set in Salas Argentina but he has not return in 40 years is a matter a fact he never planed to go back. To the surprise of everyone he agrees to personally collect a trophy/reward as a ‘distinguished citizen’ and maybe rediscover his roots. It is a decision he is going to regret as the driver that pick up gets a flat tire in a middle of nowhere.

The local welcome him and the mayor boost his image because he is with a successful writer although who has not written a novel in 5 years. The Mayor has all the activities in place even the interview and the workshop with Mantovani which also include a painting competition. Meanwhile, his old friend Antonio brilliantly played by Dady Brieva who delights in seeing his friend so he can show off the fact that he married Mantovani’s old girl friends. Well thing s are not going to go to well if you know what I mean. As the film goes on you are going to feel that Mantovani is in danger and that he might or might not make it out of this town in one piece. The film is a bit predictable here but it is a well done and written dark farce.

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Posted in French film

MONSIEUR ET MADAME ADELMAN (2017)

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A film by Nicolas Bedos

Cast: Doria Tillier, Nicolas Bedos, Denis Podalydès

How did Sarah and Victor get along for more than 45 years? Who was really this enigmatic woman living in the shadow of her husband? Love and ambition, betrayals and secrets nourish this odyssey of an unusual couple, where they are taking us on the great history of the last century.

Victor Adelman, writer. In 1971, he meets Sarah, a free spirited  and independent girl, to whom he does not attach any particular importance. On the other hand, Sarah is taken  by him. But later on would become the woman of his life. For 45 years, like all couples, they will experience ups and downs, joys and sorrows. He will make her suffer everything: his infidelities, his lack of inspiration, his perversity and even sometimes his contempt. She will become his  muse, his inspiration. Like all women in the shadows she will keep with the appearances. But we are not there yet. For now, it all begins with the end. We have just buried the famous Victor Adelman, who died in suspicious  circumstances. A young writer  proposes to write about his life life. To do this, he meets his wife who gives him what was almost half a century of living together with this unusual character.

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Can you live with someone for 45 years here, the good , the bad and the ugly is going to come out but the director here has put an element a little perverse with this  eccentric character, he put everything under a microscope the meeting the parent, the kids, meeting the future In-laws, the success the high and the lows etc…. Here the director does a great job at telling the stories in chapter and get straight to the point. It is a beautiful love story injected with comedy.

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Posted in Finland Film

TOIVON TUOLLA PUOLEN (2017)

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A film by Aki Kaurismäki

Cast: Ville Virtanen, Kati Outinen, Tommi Korpela

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Helsinki. Two destinies that will cross each other. Wikhström, in the fifties, decides to change his life by leaving his alcoholic wife and his work as a sales representative to open a restaurant. Khaled is a young Syrian refugee, stranded in the capital by accident. He sees his asylum application rejected but decides to stay despite everything. One night, Wikhström finds him in the courtyard of his restaurant. Touched by the young man, he decides to take him under his wing.

Here is a narrative of crossing paths, an apology for a rare optimism. Finnish director and writer Aki Kaurismäki, not happy with the way refugees are seen and portrayed in today’s society, created a story almost like an apology and an attempt to manipulate your emotions. How is it possible to change one’s behavior or the way people think, however, is subject to never-ending discussions.

Khaled (Syrian actor Sherwan Haji) goes to Finland on a cargo ship. The circumstances surrounding his arrival are not yet fully unknown that is what I like here. After taking a shower he goes to the police station and seek Asylum. What I like is that they take his fingerprint on a digital machine that will stream to the laptop as the police officer does the report he types it on a type writer too funny.  Some how after escaping the war he part ways with his sister with all of the chaos that is going on he gets arrested and thrown in jail. While he waits for the bureaucracy to kick in he is trying to find a way to find his sister only to end up later by the garbage can of a restaurant where the owner can’t help himself to help him.

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Although set in this day and age, the story looks, like and feels like in is stuck in the 60’s 70’s maybe a stroke of genius from the director. With it bold design and colour the viewer is going to feel like they are in an other dimension welcome to the twilight zone. This dramatic comedy has a life of its own with nonsensical lines are delivered with the straightest of faces in to navigated in such a way that it keep the dignity of the characters. Like I said pure genius here and yes an other successful film here. A series of local artists perform songs that merge blues and tango with local sounds an interesting concepts here that makes this film unique. I am telling you now do not miss this film directed with this unique director, I’ll say it again it is pure genius.

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Posted in French film

DE PLUS BELLE (2017)

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A film by Anne-Gaëlle Daval

Cast: Florence Foresti, Mathieu Kassovitz, Nicole Garcia

English: More beautiful 

Lucy is cured, her illness is almost a distant memory. Her family is pushing her to go ahead, to live, to see the world … So she meets Clovis, charming  and  arrogant. Intrigued by his frankness, Clovis will do everything to seduce Lucy, who has no desire to be seduced . In contact with Dalila, A dancing teacher, Lucie will learn to love, to finally become the woman she never knew how to be. For his mother, for his daughter, for Clovis …

This is the first film of costume designer Anne-Gaëlle Daval. Keep in mind there are many women director in my country than most. She who is accustomed, after all it is her job to dress actors and actresses, she will make us see these them naked, or rather get naked,  stripped of this second skin which is a protection, an interface between the body and the others.The film is the story of Lucie (Florence Foresti) told with decency and fragility and with a touch of humanity. When she meets Dalila (Nicole Nichole Garcia) the dance teacher will allow Lucie to get rid of her tinsel of that prevents to see her as she is and not as she thinks she is. With this little show a dance that we shade off her skin so a new one can be born. Clovis the seducer who is having trouble seducing Lucy is asking himself what is wrong with me or is it her?  The film is moving,  like a fairy tale. Yes we know how to make them very well but to sell this over seas it is going to be a tough one.

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Posted in French film

PATIENTS (2017)

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A film by Mehdi Idir, Grand Corps Malade

Cast: Pablo Pauly, Soufiane Guerrab, Moussa Mansaly

Based on the self-biographical book by Fabien Marsaud, alias Grand Corps Malade, Patients  introduces us to the world of paraplegic, quadriplegic, traumatized (a words that the famous slammer would not deny) Cranial, frontal and  many of which are, alas, young people whose life has decided to play a dirty trick.

Do not get me wrong here those patients who are in this situation some for the rest of their life does jokes like the one pass the salty, and others to give them a little laugh now and then so they don’t go nuts. They are perfectly functional people who see life a little differently. We follow a group of young people whose main occupation is to wait for them to be helped with drinking, eating, dressing, telephoning, peeing, pooping and all those operations and more , were a normal human being  who is perfectly functional take for granted. Yes there is the doctors that helps them to rehabilitate them and even a psychologist on hand. Some are doing well other does not and does not accept the fact that some day it will be better or just accept the fact that is the way  is for them. A little romance will surface with a woman who check in. Some will do better than others but they all have stories and past that they can not escape. It is like they are in prison in their own bodies. The film also shows the friendship  and the bond that will form between them as they say “Together we are strong” a terrific little film here that you can’t afford to miss.

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