Emmanuelle Devos

FAI BEI SOGNI (2016)

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A film by Marco Bellocchio

Cast: Bérénice Bejo, Valerio Mastandrea, Fabrizio Gifuni, Emmanuelle Devos

English title: Sweat Dreams. 

Here is the life of  journalist Massimo Gramellini’s autobiographic novel Sweet Dreams, Little One, made into a movie by Marco Bellocchio.

At the age of nine, Massimo’s mother (Barbara Ronchi) dies. This tragic event haunts Massimo from his childhood to his adult years. He becomes a journalist. 30 years later he discover this little secret about his family. You first see the life of Massimo with his mother and the love she had for him. You see sweet dreams are the words that little Massimo’s mother whispered into his ear while he was sleeping, before she took her last breath. Lost without his mother Massimo was forced to grow up under that dark cloud of anguish. Because he was shy he sank refuge to his own imagination. He is having a hard time letting go the death of his mother despise all the success a s a journalist. One day he meets Elisa (Bérénice Bejo), a young  doctor, this allows him to come to terms with that childhood secret.  Bejo here doe know how to speak Italian, Espagnol, she is Argentinian and  she is married the French director Academy award winner for the film L’artist Michel Hazanavicius one of those actress that I love . Fai Bei sogni is a human tragedy, a tender movie that open the Cannes Film festival in 2016. A beautiful film.

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MOKA (2016)

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A film by : Frédéric Mermoud

Cast: Emmanuelle Devos, Nathalie Baye, David Clavel

Diane (Emmanuelle Devos), 45, escaped from the clinic where she was staying  for a  cure in Lausanne. Armed with a pistol, and a suitcase she traveled to Evian, on the other side of Lake Geneva. She seeks owners of an old Mercedes. And she knows that she will have to do in the end … But Can she?

Moka is the title of a novel of Tatiana de Rosnay’s novel published in 2006, a title which is the color of a Mercedes . Like every synopsis Diane goes to Evian to try to locate the driver of the car of this Mercedes. A tragedy happened but the police is not moving fast enough in their investigation. So she takes upon herself to get answers. This film starts like a thriller but the director is trying to fool you with it. Like a little deviation on the road. there is a question that will surface how far is she willing to go? and is it just revenge? It is not trying to find out the driver of the car there is a little surprise there, it is more than that. There is more that meet the eye. Diane will meet some people along the way even build relationship. The two actress of high-caliber here are on top of their game. This film is beautifully shot that I appreciate the work of cinematographer Irina Lubtchansky.

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VIOLLETE (2013)

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A film by Martin Provost

Cast: Emmanuelle Devos, Sandrine Kiberlain, Olivier Gourmet 

Violette Leduc, born a bastard at the beginning of last century, meets Simone de Beauvoir in the years after the war in St-Germain-des-Prés. Then begins an intense relationship between the two women that will last throughout the rest of their lives. A quest for  freedom by freely writing about anything as Simone pushes Viollette to write because she sees a talented writer.

This film is a biography of Violette Leduc.  It starts like this, The fake marriage to writer Maurice Sachs to neither’s benefit. Him a homosexual, her a bisexual, yeah that is going to do it. But Maurice  leaves her and said that he will be back. Yeah right. The flash of motivation comes when Leduc discovers Simone de Beauvoir devouring her works, writing her own biography and seeking encouragement from the woman that becomes her mentor. You see Leduc was a bastard meaning her parents weren’t married her father left her mother when she was young so she struggles  and thought because of it she will not be loved and she will not succeed at anything until she meet Simone were she pushes her to write about her life. Here is the thing Violette was ahead of her time because back then no one would write about their sexuality let along her bisexuality. She would right honestly as possible about her life. Devos and Kiberlain are excellent as they navigate towards awkward topics and situations. Violette is a vision sumptuousness amplified  by the skills of cinematographer, Yves Cape. Devos embraced the character beautifully well.

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A L’ORIGINE (2009)

A film by Xavier Giannoli.
Cast: François Cluzet, Emmanuelle Devos, Gérard Depardieu.
France, present day. A professional con man passes himself off as the boss of a construction site building a highway extension. He cons the whole region, hires dozens of workers and cynically enjoys the profits of his scam until he meets the lady mayor of a small village that the road will go through. She intrigues and unsettles him, before revealing to him a world he never knew: feelings. How far will he go now to save his victims and save himself from his own lies?
Base on a true story.
Here is a terrific film from Giannoli. Some dude decided to pass for a boss of a bogus construction company to finish a highway that was in construction but suddenly has been stopped. Keep in mind that he his a con man. He gets the people all hopes up that they are taking over to finish the highway A6. The cool thing about he wees his way through it and wants to get it done in 28 days because in France they get paid once a month so pay day is the 28 of February. What he did count on is to fell in love the a woman who is the mayor of this little town. He never fell in love before and he does not know what to do about it not only that stuff happens on the construction site and he his over whelm by all of it. emotion are running through him like wild fire. He thought that he could help the people of this town. Then suddenly someone from his past pays him a visit. Great performances by Cluzet and Depadieu who had a small role in this one Of course Devos is great. Great film.

SUR MES LEVRE (2001)

One of my favorite french director oh! yes film by Jacques Audiard. Young secretary Carla is a long-time employee of a property development company. Loyal and hardworking, first to arrive and last to leave, Carla is beginning to chafe at the limitations of her career and is looking to move up. But as a 35-five-year-old woman with a hearing deficiency, she is not sure how to climb out of her humdrum life, though she is confident in her own abilities. Into her life comes Paul Angeli, a new trainee she decides to hire. Paul is 25 years old and completely unskilled, but Carla covers for him when the need arises because of his other qualities – he’s a thief, fresh out of jail and very good-looking. It’s a case of good meeting bad. Carla is played by Emmanuelle Devos the daughter of raumond devos who is my favorite comedian of all time. Paul is played by the talented Vincent Cassel.

SUR MES LÉVRES (2001)

A film by Jacques Audiard .
Cast: Vincent Cassel, Emmanuelle Devos, Olivier Gourmet.
English title: READ MY LIPS.
Carla is an office worker whose hearing is impaired, and who can read lips. This skill is crucial in a late scene in “Read My Lips,” A thriller By Jacques Audiard. Being able to read lips saves the day in they film. It Is a story of an office workers hardly noticed by the co-workers who leave their half-empty coffee cups on her desk. Carla (Emmanuelle Devos) is in her 30s. She has no social life, has neighbors who dump their kids for baby-sitting, and lives in a world of where you have to shout or whisper , depending on the function of her hearing aids. Carla would like a guy. Her boss suggests she hire an assistant, and immediately we sense her mind at work. He would be a man.
She eventually hires the spectacularly job candidate Paul (Vincent Cassel), who is fresh out of jail, sleeps rough, has one set of clothes.
There is some sexual tension between them. Paul has not completely cut his connections to the criminal element in the French city where they live. He moonlights as a bartender, has snaky deals on the side, and finds out almost by accident about a bag of loot that’s ripe for the stealing. He can’t pull it by himself so he has Carla helping him out from a roof top to read lips with binocular. This sets up the 2 character for some sexual tension. They make a good pair together. at first they were repulse by each other but later on in the film the sexual tension builds up. It is a great ride for a film noir. Enjoy htis one.