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CARBONE (2017)

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A film by Olivier Marchal

Cast: Benoît Magimel, Gringe, Idir Chender, Gerard Depardieu 

Just about to lose his business, Anthony Roca (Benoît Magimel), an ordinary man, develops a scam that will become the heist of the century. Gets in bed with criminals and overtaken by the crime, he will have to deal with betrayal, and murder.

Olivier Marchal likes squeaky leather, the smell of cold cigarettes, cops, gangsters  and the wicked atmosphere the bad neighbourhood of Paris’ suburb . This is normal, the French filmmaker was himself a cop, now converted into a director / actor , a fan  of the thriller genre and crime thriller.Which makes him one of the recognizable directors of the French cinematography landscape.

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A huge scam led by Antoine Roca (Benoit Magimel), honest entrepreneur but riddled with debts that would be around one million euros. In spite, a father-in-law (Gerard Depardieu) intractable and brittle, a marriage that goes to pieces and a company that is going under, Antoine decides to launch a scam that will pay him big. The breakout of the century revolves around a carbon tax fraud. Every company has its share of CO2 emissions. If it is not exceed a certain among of CO2, the companies receive an envelope from the French state to compensate. By mounting a handful of  dummies companies  offshore, it is easy to recover an astronomical sums within a few months.

The film opens with Antoine shot on the side walks reciting an Arabic proverb. Then we go back 5 months earlier. The thing is here os a man who’s life is beginning to be hell because of the business that his father in law left him to manage is going to fold if it does not find the money for the debt he owes. Here is a man who is desperate where his wife does not like him very much anymore not his father in law. He needs a million euros to get the scam stated but one you borrow money from the mob there is not going back. Antoine is maybe on the top of the world Money start flowing in , the women, the parting the fancy cars all that comes into play and will atrratc other criminals, but soon after that the decent in hell is going to follow. He is going to try to fix things but when all hell breaks loose there is no stopping it. Here money is king and Marshall demonstrate this very well. The cinematography is Neo-Noir setting here. A brutal film with a soft finish, and yes it is based on a true story.

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Posted in French film

SAINT AMOUR (2016)

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A film by Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern

Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Benoît Poelvoorde, Vincent Lacoste, Céline Sallette

Keep in mind that saint amour is a wine, and no I have not tasted it yet. It is on my list. I know what you are going to say Dude your French and you have not tasted that wine yet? Spare me the details. Here is cool film by Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern an impulsive road-trip movie with an inclination for surrealism. The picture is brilliant with a depressive self worth protagonist who find comfort in alcohol.

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The film A man wanders around aimlessly at a farming convention, drinking free wine with his friend at a farming convention (Le salon de l’agriculture) that paint the picture of a lonely guy who sets the theme of what to come. Bruno (Benoit Poelvoorde) is like  avery men, enjoying a weekend away from the farm, in order to support his father Jean (Gérard Depardieu) who entered  in to a cattle competition. we gather that the relationship went straight to hell since jean’s wife passed away. Jean sees that his son is in a bad place he decide to pay a  cab driver, Mike (Vincent Lacoste) to take them on the official wine tour in France, as they try to rekindle their relationship by drinking as many bottle of wine as possible, well my kind of movie. Depardieu uses his body with humor as big as he is he still takes off his shirt (I know scary) But only him can pull it off. Of course he has a reputation of drinking a lot as well as eating he uses that throughout the film. Benoît Poelvoorde does  what he does best. Along the way there is some women that some of them will meet in different circumstances. Great ending as usual I would expect no less. And yes after the film I drank a Château Le Grand Moulin Collection Grand reserve 2009 Blaye Côte de Bordeaux Great wine by the way.

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VALLEY OF LOVE (2015)

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A film by Guillaume Nicloux

Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Isabelle Huppert, Dan Warner

It has been 35 years since those two actors as done a film together since Loulou (1980). Set against the majestic, heat-suffocatingto death backdrop of California’s Death Valley, Gerard and Isabelle received an invitation to Death Valley California from their son. The two still snap at each other and you can feel there still a conjugal attachment going on here after being divorced for so many years. Sparks at times might seem there but fade away as soon as they came in. Valley of Love is a supernatural thriller road film. The couple goes to each sighting where their son wanted them to go. The cinematography is scorching hot and stunning. Gérard accept what happen to their son but Isabelle can not. While Gérard is sweating profusely well because of his weight his in short sometimes without his shirt, Isabelle refuse air conditioning and wear long pants. Here is two different characters who gets together maybe for the last time because their son asked them too. A little incident happens in the motel and sparks an argument between them. The film is not too bad it is quite good but to me it needed something more. Done al la Chabrol would been fine.

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NATHALIE…. (2003)

A film by Anne Fontaine. 
Cast: Fanny Ardant, Fanny Ardant, Emmanuelle Béart, Gérard Depardieu.
Nathalie is the name a Parisian prostitute assumes for a special mission or “private investigation.” She is engaged in this unusual and secretive task by a professional, upper-middle-class wife who fears that her husband is unfaithful to her. Nathalie has to seduce the clueless husband and regularly report all details of her relationship with him, including his most intimate sexual preferences in bed. Nathalie is stunning, charming, and cunning. Can Nathalie and her reports to the mistrustful wife be trusted? Is the middle aged husband indeed unfaithful?
A great film by Anne Fontaine the performance is out standing by all actors. Here is a wife that is suspicious of her husband cheating. She discover a message and a picture in her husband cell phone. She hires this call girl to flirt with her husband. she report to her and tells her what they did. Emmanuelle Béart (Nathalie) is intelligent and knows what her client want as well as her self. There is a twist in the is story I knew it what was going to happen because I saw to many movies and it is good This is all I am going to say without spoiling the film. see it yourself.

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ÉLISA (1995)

A film by Jean Becker.
Cast: Vanessa Paradis, Gérard Depardieu, Clotilde Courau.
Marie has had a tough childhood ever since her mother Elisa committed suicide. She has spent most of her life in an orphanage and now makes a living as a small time criminal in Paris. Now she wants to unravel her past and find her father whom she blames for her mother’s death.
The opening scene a mother puts her kid to bed and suffocate her then gets a gun and commit suicide. Marie (Vanessa Paradis) lives in an orphanage all her life. she got in a life of a crime with her 2 friends Solange (clotilte Coureau) Ahmed (Sekkpou Sall). Marie Desmoulin (Vanessa Paradis) when her moth died is trying to create a surrogate family from her friends on the street. She wows to kill her father a slow death. But fates take an other turn. Terrific film by Jean Becker an other great Prominent acting from Depardieu and Paradis. This film has been forgotten it is worth a look. It has many emotions love, hate, revenge and friendship.

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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?
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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.

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INPECTOR BELLAMY (2009)

Two of the giants of French cinema, Claude Chabrol and Gerard Depardieu, team up for the only time for the director’s 50th and final feature film, a wry thriller about a police commissioner trying to balance professional instinct with family duty. Once again, Paul Bellamy (Depardieu) and his wife are spending their vacation at her family home in a quiet town. But just as they’re settling into their reassuringly predictable holiday routine, his perennially troubled younger brother shows up,joined by a mysterious stranger seeking Bellamy’s protection. Inspector Bellamy is a beautifully crafted film with a compelling and enjoyable performance by Depardieu. Paul Bellamy: People kill to get rid of something, but with most killers, they kill because they want to get rid of themselves.