THE MUSTANG (2019)

A film by  Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre

Cast: Matthias Schoenaerts Jason Mitchell, Bruce Dern

Incarcerated in a prison in Nevada, Roman has no contact with the outside world or with his daughter … In an attempt to get him out of his silence and violence, he is offered to integrate a social rehabilitation program through training wild horses. Alongside these mustangs as unpredictable as him, Roman will gradually learn to control himself and overcome his past.

Nevada prison, convict Roman Coleman is unable to keep his temper in check. Matthias Schoenaert doesn’t hesitate to declare that he isn’t good with people after years of confinement. He gets rehabilitation help from a prison therapist (Connie Britton). Here is a man who killed someone who feel remorseful, who is broken and even angrier than ever. Roman even has outburst of anger from time to time but by enrolling into the social rehabilitation program he is going to find a little bit of peace with himself. The inmates here have a chance to get rehabilitated and when they get out to be able to reintegrated into society and have a regular job. Two totally opposite worlds, one of a prisoner and a horse, who will nevertheless learn to understand each other and learn from each other. It seems horses are the solution for roman to get on the right path. Matthias incarnate the role of this emotional man who has a temper but wants to get better. In a way the horse that he named Marquis who also has a temper are going to heal each other in the weeks to come. Here Roman wants to take control of his life and have a normal life. The are unanswered question towards the end but I like it this way.

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PARASITE (2019)

A film by  Joon-ho Bong 

Cast:  Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo

Ki-taek’s entire family is unemployed, and is very interested in the lifestyle of the wealthy Park family. One day, their son managed to be recommended to give private lessons of English at the Park. This is the beginning of an uncontrollable gear, which nobody will come out really unscathed …

Ki-taek and his family: are poor they are down on the bottom , they are folding pizza boxes for peanuts, freeloading off any wifi signal from their neighbor upstairs also trying to stop a drunk passersby from urinating by their basement apartment. They are unemployed.  his son Ki-woo (Choi Woo-shik) gets a chance of posing as a university-educated English tutor for the teenage daughter of a wealthy family. His son has an idea. He is going to put it in place. But a twist is going to come along where is is going to escalate to hell and back.

Here is a film with a different take on a home invasion. The visual of the film is excellent especially the screenplay. The basement is this filthy concrete where anything could happen, however the house and garden are beautiful . There are two world here the world from above and the world from below. Where some live in this beautiful house with countless staff and some others live in a basement home where when it rain the sewers flood up. Our protagonists have the intelligence to take step where they will invade the life of this bourgeois family , closing little by little a trap on them which they do not will be able to extricate themselves more. Bong Joon Ho established a humorous atmosphere. The film start with comedy and then in the middle of the film is is going to get darker. The question is does having a lot of money makes you happy? The ensemble cast who has great chemistry are outstanding. I think this film is going to do well at the box office. The movie theater was packed at 4PM yesterday. The first Korean film that won the Palme D’or for best film.

THE CELEBRATION (1998)

A film by  Thomas Vinterberg

Cast:  Ulrich Thomsen, Henning Moritzen, Thomas Bo Larsen 

Patriarch Helge Klingenfelt has a big party ready for his 60th birthday. Among the guests, Christian, the eldest son, is instructed by Helge to say a few words over dinner about his twin sister Linda, who died a year earlier. No one doubts that Christian will take advantage of this little speech to reveal terrible secrets …

A dogme-film is the sweep of the hand-held video camera was to endure no lighting except natural lighting, no sound intrusions except the hum and thump of natural sound. The actors wear their own clothes, and the only props they may use are “natural” to the set. Finally, the director may not even credit his own name to the picture – as if the paw prints of a presiding genius would further sully the purity of the film. And that is what Vinterberg has done on his first film. Famously known as the first movie of the Dogme 95 movement.

The film opens with a family in turmoil. The drunk and furious Michael The film opens with a family in turmoil, who blames his wife for everything. He even stop driving when he saw his brother on the road walking and told his wife and kids to get out and walk the rest of the way. At the birthday banquet, Christian raps his spoon against a glass and start to toast his father for being alive for 60 years and a shocking secret is revealed. The insults, the alcohol flowing into their veins and the drunken chef who says “I have been waiting for this for a long time”, and the party is going to go out of hand. The script is well planned, the actors are skilled at deploying their emotions. And may the insults, the alcohol and the drunken chef who says “I have been waiting for this for a long time”, and the party is going to go out of hand. The script is well planned, the actors are skilled at showing their emotions and the film is a bit like a farce at times. Funny part is the end or is it? The Dogme 95 film type died out later in the years to come because I thinks for some films it does not work out well. I so love this cult film. I saw it on the big screen not long ago again.

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.

DUELLES (2019)

A film by  Olivier Masset-Depasse

Cast:  Veerle Baetens, Anne Coesens, Mehdi Nebbou 

English title: mother’s instinct

In the 60s, Alice and Céline are the best friends in the world just like their sons Maxime and Théo. Their complicity is flawless until one day an event disrupts their lives. To friendship succeeds guilt, to paranoia and complicity, to suspicion.

Duelles is a very dark psychological thriller and one does come out of the movie theater unsettled. It is a story about two families who lives next door to each other and are best friend. But when an unfortunate events takes places things are going to go dark very dark. People will be people and may the duel begins. A cleverly developed scenario explores the possible motives of this psychological jousting (madness, Vengeance, horrible pain.) While taking care to never privilege one in particular with a music that keep the tension mounting. The two women are going to go onto battle and testing their limits. Even one is going to turn the husband against the other. A tour de force and manipulation is going to take place and it is going unsettling. The darkness of the events that follow one another ricochets against the bright decor of the 60’s. The two actress are on the top of the game with this draining emotional role. Duelles remain in its classic form with a well written script.

TEL AVIV ON FIRE (2019)

A film by  Sameh Zoabi

Cast:  Kais Nashif, Lubna Azabal, Yaniv Biton

Salam, 30, lives in Jerusalem. He is a Palestinian and an intern on the set of the hit Arabic series “Tel Aviv on Fire!” Every morning he crosses the same checkpoint to work in Ramallah. One day, Salam is arrested by an Israeli officer Assi, fan of the series, to try to get away, he claims to be the scriptwriter. Taken to its own trap, Salam will be imposed by Assi a new scenario. Obviously, nothing will happen as planned.

Salam (Kais Nashif) a Palestinian living in Israel, he’s working as a production intern on the TV series named Tel Aviv On Fire, set in 1967 on the verge of the Six-Day War, it is clear that he is here because his uncle is a producer of the series and tries to rekindle the relationship of an ex girlfriend. Salam is here on the set as a person who reviews the authenticity of the language spoken. When he goes back home, Officer Assi , fan of the series ask him if he is the screenwriter, and bang Assi read the latest script and demand that he writes the story as he sees fit. To top it all off the next day the original writer had enough and leaves the set. Salam’s uncle promote Salam to screenwriter. Ho! boy. Salam here has no inspiration and has writer’s block. but you will not believe that is going to happen.

The director here is being conscious and careful about the ongoing issues about the Israeli and the palestinian, and balances the humour and the narrative perfectly well. Here Palestinians and Israelis has to live together regardless of the past and it is not an easy thing to do. Salam here is in his neck but seems to try to get his head above water. He is trying to get his old flame back in the process. Making a series is a hard thing to do and is a lot of work. Nobody seems to be on the same page. Here Salma is trying to make everybody happy will he succeed at getting his old flame back and will he succeed in writing a successful ending. Well see the movie.

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.