A film Marc Dugain

Cast: Lambert Wilson, Anamaria Vartolomei, Olivier Gourmet

English: Exchange of princesses 

Versailles, 1712. The Duke of Brittany has just died of measles, his brother Louis succeeds him and thus becomes Dauphin of France. It was then that Philippe d’Orléans, regent, suddenly had an idea to strengthen France’s position in Europe: to exchange her daughter, aged 12, by marrying her with the heir to the Spanish throne, with the young Spanish infant, aged 4, who would marry the future Louis XV …


Arranged marriage just to preserved the peace. Princesses are thrown at the wolves like a piece  of meat. It is an adaptation from the book by Chantal Thomas, adapted by Marc Dugain in Exchange of princesses. As always, in this type of film mixing History and fiction, that the french knows how to make. If Olivier Gourmet is convincing in the role of the regent, Philippe d’Orléans, Lambert Wilson sometimes seems to overplay a little bit  his interpretation of Philip V of Spain. It was above all two actors in supporting roles that we appreciated. Kacey Mottet Klein as Don Luis. He is remarkable. The director here manages to make the book alive where the intrigues and power changes hand plus all the difficult and ridiculous situation that is going to follow. The thing is most the characters here are cold as hell the only character who is warm and kind comes from their governess (Catherine Mouchet). Image that you have to marry some one they tell you at age of 12. It is a messed up world back then and to top it all off to preserved the peace. Nice piece of cinema week filmed with some great landscape pictures.






A film by Nicolas Silhol

Cast: Céline Sallette, Lambert Wilson, Stéphane De Groodt

What don’t you understand? we do not want you any more. So quit already. Yes it it going on all aver the world This sort of comportment in the corporate world.

Emilie Tesson-Hansen ( Cécile Sallette) , the human resources manager of the financial department of the Esen Group loses her cool to a long time suffering employee she set a series of events that will follow. For starter the suicide of this particular employee. You see Emilie is from the humans resources and has to tell the employee that they are trying to get rid off without touching employment. She is train for that. her entire professional world and her perception of herself that’s about to turn upside down. Cécile Sallette incarnate her character beautifully well. Emilie does her job well and has no problem with it but when the incident occur then she begins to question herself. They used the strategy that is called Ambition 2016 plan that uses behavioural evaluations to target those who resist change. But when the boss (Lambert Wilson) is afraid that is going to backfire and they are going to point the finger at him he is using Emilie as his escape goat. First film by Niclas Sihol here who has written the screen play has done a great deal of research here to know how the system work plus the lingo that goes with it.  voila c’est tout.



LA VACHE (2016)

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A film by Mohamed Hamidi

Cast: Fatsah Bouyahmed, Lambert Wilson, Jamel Debbouze

English: The cow

Fatah little Algerian farmer only has eyes for his cow Jacqueline, he dreams of taking her to Paris, at the Salon de Agriculture. Upon receiving the precious invitation his village is amazed, he  never left his country,  but he takes the boat to Marseille to cross the whole of France on foot, direction Porte de Versailles in Paris. The opportunity for Fatah and Jacqueline of meeting people across the country with some surprises along the way. It is a human voyage unexpected and full of tenderness in France today.


Here is a feel good move the first of the year.The film begins at dawn in the heart of a garden. where Fatah is singing classic french song to his lettuces. It is dream to the agriculture salon in Paris with his cow. He will leave his children and wife to go to France. Farah is likable and has a love for his country as well as France. He will encounter during his voyage, His brother-in-law (Not too happy to see him) a plum French woman who thinks he is adorable, A count (no not count Dracula) and people across France will see him thanks to a TV reporter.

La Vache  is an ode to tolerance and filled with hope tinged with nostalgia, one of those films that tickle your funny bone and will bring you happiness. It is a soft comedy intelligently written without the clichés. Let me tell you one thing it is rare to see such a comedy like this one those days. But the film would not be the same without the amazing talent of  Fatsah Bouyahmed. It is full of energy and the film does not lack of qualities especially for the co-stars. A galvanizing music sign Ibrahim Maalouf and an extremely fine script. He has a big heart a beautiful soul and the film feels deeply human. It is a pure joy to watch such a work of art.

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