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.

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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.

BLANCHE COMME NEIGE (2019)

A film by  Anne Fontaine

Cast:  Lou de Laâge, Isabelle Huppert, Charles Berling

English title: White as snow

Claire, a young woman of great beauty, arouses the irrepressible jealousy of her mother-in-law Maud, who goes so far as to premeditate her murder. Saved in extremis by a mysterious man who lodge her on his farm, Claire decides to stay in this village and will awaken the excitement of its inhabitants … One, two, and soon seven men will fall under her spell! For her, it’s the beginning of a radical emancipation, both carnal and sentimental …

Here is the fable of snow white rewriting in today’s contest By Anne Fontaine who breaks the codes and delivers a burlesque fable. Once upon a time … Snow White, but like you never seen it before. I have to say that because the subject matter that she chooses she is unique in a way. She takes elements of the fable like the the 7 dwarfs and the poisoned apple turns it around into a modern fable. Claire (Lou de Laâge, who is perfect in the role) survives an attempted murder orchestrated by her mother-in-law Maud (Isabelle Huppert).who is jealous. Claire found herself in this foggy village in the mountains where she will awake the excitement of seven men and she Claire discovers her desires. Of course the men has their fragilities and their weakness without the clichés. The film is done in a form of a thriller. Maud who is trying to find her to finish the job. Funny at times in this strange and comic tale that Anne seems to give it a fresh look. By the way the cinematography is breathtaking.

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.

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.