L’EMPEREUR DE PARIS (2018)

A film by  Jean-François Richet

Cast:  Olga Kurylenko, Vincent Cassel, Freya Mavor

English title: The Emperor of Paris

Under the reign of Napoleon, François Vidocq, the only man to have escaped from the biggest prisons of the country, is a legend of the Parisian bas fonds. Left to die after his last spectacular escape, the ex-convict tries to be forgotten in the guise of a simple trader. His past caught him, however, and, after being accused of a murder he did not commit, he offered a deal to the head of the Police: he joined the police to fight the underworld, in exchange for his freedom. Despite exceptional results, it provokes the hostility of his fellow police officers and the fury of the underworld who put his head at a price …

Eugène François Vidocq ( July 24, 1775 – May 11, 1857) was a French criminal and criminalist whose life story inspired several writers, including Victor Hugo, Edgar Allan Poe, and Honoré de Balzac. The former criminal became the founder and first director of the crime-detection Sûreté Nationale as well as the head of the first known private detective agency. Vidocq is considered to be the father of modern criminology and of the French police department He is also regarded as the first private detective. Here Richet retraces the life some of it of Vidocq when one last escape from prison Vidocq tried to make a deal with the chief of police for a pardon of a crime he did not commit, he will close every case that the chief of police was not able too. You have to understand Vidocq had a gift in catching criminals it is something that he was good at. I love the fact they were able to recreate the old Paris way back in the day. The dark street, the scenery the decor all of that was well done with the help of some special effects. The story has been done many times before but I have yet to see the one that Depardieu has done in 2001. Vidocq was one the the first to open an private detective agency. He passed away at age 82, he was one of a hell of an adventurer. The cast of the film is an all star cast.  Denis Ménochet, Denis Lavant, Freya Mavor, Olga Kurylenko are outstanding. This version is more realistic as one pointed out to me getting out of the movie theater. You will have a good time however watching this film.

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LA DAME DANS L’AUTO AVEC DES LUNETTES ET UN FUSIL (2015)

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A film by Joann Sfar

Cast: Freya Mavor, Benjamin Biolay, Elio Germano

English title: The lady in the car with glasses and a gun. 

The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun, an exceptional novel Sébastien Japrisot. Here is Joann Sfar who is this upcoming director who was a comic book artist turn director. A cool little film here that he has done à la Kelly Lynch/ Claude Chabrol / Hitchcock. It is a remake from the 1970 film of the same name but Sfar put his touch into it.

She has the most extremely  red hair, the most beautiful, the  most myopic, the more sentimental, the one that lies, the most real, the most confusing, the  most stubborn, And the most disturbing heroines. The lady in the car has never seen the sea, she flees the police and keeps repeating that she is not crazy … However ..

Here is a film that has some great photography it has an orange feeling to it with the Heroin who thinks she is not crazy. It is a different road trip film where you will see some beautiful scenery. Freya Mavor who is an english actress fluent in French flawlessly, she spent her summer when she was a kid at La Rochelle where I used to live when I was a kid in the late 60’s. if you really pay attention incarnated this character beautifully well, the heroin who is a bit crazy who wants to fulfill her long time dream to go see the ocean. As the audience members is going to think if she is schizophrenic or are her internal monologues her rational and irrational sides trying to make sense of a bizarre situation? Here is an actress who is relatively new in the business is not too often that an actress like that carries the film beautifully well. She is almost in every shot.  Sfar has paid attention the details of the decor of the 1970’s here as well as the music who has some cool tunes. Some of you might be disappointed of the ending it feels a little rushed but I still like this film. I can’t wait Sfar next film. See this film while drinking a rosé after all it is summer.

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