LA DOULEUR (2018)

LA DOULEUR (2018)

A film by Emmanuel Finkiel

Cast: Mélanie Thierry, Benoît Magimel, Benjamin Biolay

English: Memoir of pain

June 1944, France is still under the German occupation. The writer Robert Antelme, major figure of the Resistance, is arrested and deported. His young wife Marguerite, writer and a figure of the resistance also, is torn by the anguish of not having news of him plus she has her secret affair with her comrade Dyonis. She meets a French agent of the Gestapo, Rabier, and, ready to do anything to find her husband. She seek help from an other man will she be able to find her husband and will he be still alive? 

Some of you will not like this film; It is the biography of Marguerite Duras and is a key figure on the French twentieth-century literary scene. Born in French Indochina in 1914, Duras studied and worked in France and lived in Paris during the Nazi occupation, and was in the Résistance. After all she won an Oscar for best original screenplay for the film 1959 film Hiroshima mon amour. But this film is told with a narration of literature. Her book was published in 1985 Memoir of pain finally comes to life at the movies. La Douleur flows like blood in the veins. Finkiel plays on the literary codes with a narration of Mélanie Thierry with a sad and depressing  voice. Thierry is act mostly with her facial expressions. She sees her relationship growing with Rabier. But also with Dionys (Benjamin Biolay). Finkiel allows us to wander, to merge into the spirit of Marguerite Duras. Duras is a faded flower that fights with her latest weapons as a resistant and writer that she is. She leads a troubled life. The film is a slow burner but a little long although I found it nice to watch a different view a view of a woman in search of her husband.

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JE NE SUIS PAS UN SALAUD (2016)

Je ne suis pas un salaud

A  film by Emmanuel Finkiel

Cast: Nicolas Duvauchelle, Mélanie Thierry, Driss Ramdi

English title: A decent man 

Okay I think the tile is going to be a decent man but the traduction is really I am not a bastard.

Having just been injured in a mugging, Eddy (Nicolas Duvauchelle) earned the sympathy and attention of his  family and gotten back on his feet. The same cannot be said for Ahmed whose life starts falling apart after he is accused of the crime.

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Here Finkiel dive in the daily life of this couple who at first is separated get back together because of the aggression. It is an Urban film with full of emotions ,jealousy with a brilliant opening scene served with irony. Here is a man who messed up his family life you do not know too much about it, he is trying to get back on his feet even his wife vouch for him where she works. Eddy is getting frustrated with the job he wants to get promoted to the sales floor as a sales person. Not only that he points out in a line up who is the man who has attacked him. The tension mounts up where Eddie is ready to blow up. Here are two-man one who is accused of the crime and his life takes a turn to the worst which the other man who’s life is going nowhere suddenly gets a boost but pressure gets to be too much. Duvauchelle is on top of his game here as well is Melanie Thierry who is brilliant here. The music is perfect feels like a tone of anxiety in it.

Finkiel uses drama for a  paranoid thriller which has social malaise that leads gradually to the character of Nicolas Duvauchelle, broken personality, alcoholic, but also missed understood  hero , which he will be the victim of a violent assault. A drama where the tension and  the uneasiness will gradually rise up. Finial could end up the film 7 minutes earlier but went out a step further where he did not need too. But seriously so what it is still a great film.

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