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99 FRANCS (2007)

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A film by Jan Kounen

Cast: Jean Dujardin, Jocelyn Quivrin, Patrick Mille

99 Francs, is an adaptation of the same novel of the same name by Frederic Beigbeder. The story of an ad executive in the midst of an existential crisis well he finds out that his girl friend  is pregnant. He goes on this binging alcohol, drugs and sex and to top it all off he seems to do his job well.

Octave seemingly has it all. He is a high-powered ad executive and self-professed asshole who pulls down huge money to do nothing more than think up ad slogans. It is his job to convince you that you need it , you have to buy it this is the next big thing. he has an unlimited budget and one vicious drug habit plus he has more than a nice salary. Octave has lived this way for so long and needs to change his way. Like I said he finds out that he is girlfriend is pregnant. Kounen’s visuals are dazzling, his characters perversely charming, his script bold and audacious , the comedy is hysterical and dark. This is a rare film that is out of this world it is raw at its purest form. It is a wild ride. The montage here is done creatively. The film is also very artistic and graphic. Jean Dujardin who plays octave  does the voice over narration. Especially when you see the opening scene you go what the hell?. This is a film that you are going to consume alcohol excessively because this film is one of the kind and excessively good. After all it is a master piece. I actually saw that on Netflix.

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LA FRENCH (2014)

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A film by Cédric Jimenez

Cast: Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Céline Sallette

English title: The Connection. 

In 1971 William Friedkin released his Oscar-winning film The French connection. The film told the story of the French Connection drug ring which has smuggles heroin in New York from France.. In the connection (La French) by director Cédric Jimenez, the story is taken across the globe to Marseilles, France, where the drug ring was based. Jean Dujardin plays a magistrate Peirre Michel who is transfer to Marseille to be in charge of the case La French . On the other side of the track is Gaetan Zampa (Gilles Lelouche) who plays the king pin of Marseille. It is 1975 and things are good in the drug trade at that time until the new Magistrate Pierre Michel came to Marseille.

Great story and awesome film. Never a dull moment. Jimenez shot the film in 35mm to get the authentic look and feel of the 70’s film, and it works. Now I remember hear the story back in 1975 it made the news Jimenez uses real news footage from the 70’s at the beginning of the story. In the early 70’s there until Early 80’s 40 tons of heroin was delivered to the US from France. The story start In the middle where Pierre Michel took over the case. When he took over the case things didn’t go too well for Zampa who was getting pissed off. The thing is that Pierre was so obsessed with the case that he neglected his family life. Pierre was persistent and would never let go. The cinematography is beautiful,and retro. The costumes and accessories were perfect even the design of the set inside disco club. Pierre is the hero of the story well incarnated as humanly possible with his everyday life and life at work. The decline Of Zampa was taking effect even the people around him started to get scared of being taken by the police and thrown in jail. They were very organized and became very disorganized to me later on as the years went by because of Pierre. You know what is going to happen at the end the director build the tension with music that is perfectly integrated for the film. Pierre drives my favorite car of all time the DS Citroen.  Yes we still know how to make a good thriller in France Thank god.

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Video in French only. This film is not yet in the US. 

MOMMY (2014)

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A film by Xavier Dolan

Cast: Anne Dorval, Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clément

Diane, a young single mother, has a very difficult relationship with his son, Steve. Violent and hyperactive, he is struggling to control his emotions and violence. After he was sent to an institution, Diane wants to try again to live with Steve in a small suburban house in a quiet neighborhood . Completely flat broke and overwhelm by the violence of her son, Diane will find her neighbor Kyla and important role model for Steve, the arrival of the woman makes a daily mark and a new beginning for both of them. Hope to get rid of his demons and prove to the love of his life (his Mommy) that he is someone good.

Here is a great film. When you will see this film in the movie theater it is going to drive you crazy. Many critics disclose that information but I am going to contain myself. In the middle of the film You will noticed it when Pilon does it Xavier film it an other way for a while and went back. There is a reasons for that. Now you will have different opinion. Try not to see what the critics wrote about it because most of them will disclose that information. I have 2 Opinions about it. Having said that I will not say much about the is film because If I disclose too much you might not want to see it. But xavier Dolan has done a great job in this film. the Cinematography is remarkable. Anne Dorval, Antoine-Olivier Pilon and Suzanne Clément are outstanding, the casting of this film could of been better it sis perfect. This is a film with great story telling and character developing as well. Emotion will run high. Every song in the movie has a meaning to the scene it is done purposely. They had to put subtitle in French because the french in quebec they have a strong accent and some of the words and expressions ante different. The thing is there is some single mother who are in the same situation so the film for them is going to be so real. This film is an unusual film, magical, poetic, full of tenderness and hope. A must see. It is a work of art. Also this film as won the prix du Jury at the festival of Cannes.

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LE CONVOYEUR (2004)

A film by Nicolas Boukhrief.
Cast: Albert Dupontel, Jean Dujardin, François Berléand.
In France, the disturbed and mysterious Alexandre Demarre is hired as security guard for the Vigilante armored truck company earning 1,200 euros per month and lodges in a hotel nearby the company for 1,450 euros for a month. He becomes close to his colleagues, actually a group of losers, without motivation or perspective, paranoids, depressed and substances addicted men, and prepares a personal file with the profile of each one. Along the days, the real intentions of Alex in working at Vigilante are disclosed.
Great story and nice casting.

French thriller, the plot is ultimately satisfying and benefits from strong performances. It is a dark tale of revenge. It did not get a US release unfortunately. The final ten minutes are a tour de force of violence and action in the most realistic and brutal way. you see this film and you see a new guy getting a job as a convoyeur for a month then he rents a hotel room for a month and tell the clerk that he does not his room clean for the all month. Now you are thinking who is this guy and what is he doing? As the movie run along you find more about him. Not a pretty movie but a dark thriller. Great film.

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UN SUR BALCON SUR LA MER (2010)

A film by Nicole Garcia.
Cast: Jean Dujardin, Marie-Josée Croze, Toni Servillo.
Happily married with a daughter, Marc is a successful real estate agent in Aix-en-Provence. One day, he has an appointment with a woman to view a traditional country house. A few hours later, Marc finally puts a name to her face. It’s Cathy, the girl he was in love with growing up in Oran, Algeria, in the last days of the French colonial regime. Marc hurries to her hotel. They spend the night together. Then she’s gone again. And Marc’s mother tells him Cathy never left Algeria. She was killed with her father in a bombing just before independence..
The film is ‘made from the heart’ by actress, writer, and director Nicole Garcia, who was born in Oran, Algeria, when Algeria was a French colony, and who had to flee in 1962 at Independence, because of the violence. Nice drama great acting and shot on location. It is a romantic ,mystery, and psychologic film well done by Garcia. She co-wrote the story and it is autobiographical. It is well shot with some beautiful scenery. That is all that I am going to say about this film, I do not want to spoil the film for those who has not seen it.

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L’ ARTIST(2011)

A film by Michel Hazanavicius.

Cast: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman

Outside a movie premiere, enthusiastic fan Peppy Miller literally bumps into the hero of the silent film, George Valentin. The star reacts graciously and Peppy plants a kiss on his cheek as they are surrounded by photographers. The headlines demand: “Who’s That Girl?” and Peppy is inspired to audition for a dancing bit-part at the studio. However as Peppy slowly rises through the industry, the introduction of talking-pictures turns Valentin’s world upside-down. Here is a terrific movie doing a homage to silent movie and it is impossible to forget. this film. I remember a friend of mine saying that a few people walk out of the theater because they thought it was not a silent film and they did not like silent film and it is the most entertaining film Of all time and the best film of 2011.
“The Artist” knows you’re aware it’s silent and kids you about it. Not that it’s entirely silent, of course; like all silent films were, it’s accompanied by music. One of its inspirations was probably “Singin’ in the Rain,” a classic about a silent actress whose squeaky voice didn’t work in talkies and about the perky little unknown actress who made it big because hers did. the heroine (Debbie Reynolds) fell in love with an silent star. but a nice one, you know? Played by Gene Kelly in 1952 and by Jean Dujardin now, he has one of those dazzling smiles you suspect dazzles no one more than himself. Jean Dujardin Became the first French actor to win the Best Actor in a Leading Role Academy Award for his performance in The Artist (2011) on February 26, 2012 and has such a command of comic timing and body language that he might have been — well, a silent star. As Norma Desmond, the proud silent star in “Sunset Boulevard,” hisses: “We didn’t need dialogue. We had faces!”
As was often the case in those days, the cast of “The Artist” includes actors with many different native tongues, because what difference did it make? John Goodman makes a bombastic studio head, and such familiar faces as James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Missi Pyle and Ed Lauter turn up. I love blac an white movies It give them style and it is more concern with essence than details. It has depth to it and attitude.
A must see as zoo as possible.

LES INFIDELES (2012)

A film by Emmanuelle Bercot . 
Fred Cavayé ,Alexandre Courtès , Jean Dujardin , Michel Hazanavicius ,Jan Kounen , Eric Lartigau , Gilles Lellouche

US title: THE PLAYERS.
Take 2 guys who are married and cheats on their wife they party like animals. they screw everything they can think of and lies to their wife like they is no tomorrow. It is done in a series of Comedy skits though out the film and directed by several directors. It has never been done a film in a series of skits in France. Funny movie with some shocking scene and well done. Not too many people like that but I do.