Posted in French film

THE LADY ( 2011)

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A film by Luc Besson

Cast: Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, Jonathan Raggett 

The Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi,( Michelle Yeoh) whose father, Aung San, was elected to head the country and then assassinated. Now the country is the dictatorship under the military junta. The daughter,  fled after her father’s death to England, where at Oxford, she married the professor Michael Aris, had two children, and settled down as a housewife. Burma became a hell hole sort of speak. People were getting killed left and right , there are the biggest violation of  human rights in this country. San Suu Kyi’s mother became hill so she went back to Burma to see her. She was allowed to go back to visit her mother and were told was non-political. The military and other people working for the general was watching her every move. But after witnesses violence by the hospital. A group of people got to her and wanted her to run to lead the country. When she runs for a seat in the parliament, the military Junta Puts her under house arrest for 15 years, even while winning the Nobel, and allowed to see her husband and children only a few times before he died of cancer back home in Oxford. She is a strong but stubborn woman she even said so to her husband. At least she finished what her father was killed for. Suu Kyi is now a member of Parliament.

This film was shot in Thailand of course as Luc said there were not going to let me shoot the film in Burma. He went there and took a lot of picture and filming with his camera. You see the camera now days takes pictures and can film also. Like he said they thought I was taking a lot of picture but I was filming footage that later he used of the movie. he was constantly being watched. It was Michelle Yeoh who did a great job incarnated Aung San Suu Kyi who had the script and wanted Luc to produce it but later on she told him maybe you should direct it. The Media tells you a 10% of the story Luc dig a little further and has resources at his disposition. I did not know the all story neither did I until I saw his movie, and what a story it is . You see the military wanted her out but they could not do her arm or jail her but put her in house arrest. She did it for the freedom of her people and wanted the non-sense violence to stop, and for the people to have a democracy so they could vote a choose a leader.  She did not see her husband at the time of his death nor go to the funeral. She kew she has to makes those sacrifices. Her husband understood, he was a good man. Let me tell you thing we take for granted our freedom big time and thank god that some of us are living in a country that is at peace. Great film. You must see this one.

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LUCY (2014)

Lucy

A film by Luc Besson
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi 

Finally an other one from Luc Besson I watched an interview with Luc Besson on TV In France that’s were I am now I got to hand it to him he has done really good. He was working at Gaumont studio for a long time but he wanted to do what he wanted to do so he decided to build his own studio which open 2 years ago with a school of cinema named La cité du cinema. And old factory was there abandoned in St. Denis and turned it into 9 movie sets , offices, makeup, wardrobe, restaurant which he owns one. It is beautiful. When he was at Gaumont  and shooting the film the 5th Element he had to go to London to shoot the film and France lost 80 Million Francs to London because the studio was too small at Gaumont, so Luc decided to build a studio à la American scale so he could do what he wanted to do and produced other movies. Like I said he has done really good. A while back before he build all of that he owned a production company named Europacorp. Voila now on to the film.

 

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Lucy took take 10 years to write said Luc in an interview. A woman named Lucy is in Taiwan a student who dates this looser two bit drug dealer who tells her to get this brief case inside this hotel  before she knows it she has a bag of drugs in her stomach to be transported to the U.S.  Later she gets the shit kick out of her and the bag rips open and some of the drug leaks out. She becomes the ultimate thing a lot smarter with power she is using 20 percent of her brain. She has super powers and somehow she know what is going on especially when she call her parents. what will happen when she reaches 100%. Here is a fresh new idea from Luc Besson. The minute that Lucy ( Scarlett Johansson ) is in captivity and beating to a pulp , the bag of drug rips opens and leaks the drugs into her bloodstream a nightmare at his best the film enters into a continuum of one delight of an other, although some of them not. Characters wise there is well I should say character types there are   the arrogant fat-cat drug dealer (Min-sik Choi) who thinks he can control the short blond drug mule and learns the hard way that he can’t.  The deep voice great actor Morgan Freeman who is a proffesor who studies abd does research on the brain who becomes partner with Lucy, and the captain cop in Paris (Amr Waked) who assist Lucy in getting the 3 other persons who has the drugs in their stomachs and finally to her climatic mission to ingest the rest of the drugs. I like the scene where the movie starts by a prehistoric woman drinking water  at the lake, and later on you see Lucy sitting in her chair at the lake looking at the woman from evolution to revolution. I also like the scene that played out like in the Indiana Jones movie Lucy ask the cab driver do you speak English the dude says no and Lucy shot him in the leg.  Also with her mother when she says ” I like the taste of your breast milk in my mouth, I want to thank you for the kisses I feel on my face she becomes aware of her senses and remembers when she was an infant. Overall the film is fun to watch although it is violent at times and it moves along just fine it is a nice, fun fresh film.

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Posted in U.S. Film

MALAVITA (2013)

Malavita

English title: The family.

A film by Luc Besson

Cast: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron

A mafia family is relocating in France in this little town in Normandie under the witness protection Program.  The FBI agent Stansfield ( Tommy Lee Jones) tries to keep them in line but Giovanni Manozi (Robert DeNiro) his wife Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer) and their children have a hard time to break old habits and blow their cover.

This film is based on the book Malavita from Tonino Benacquista. Luc Besson has stay true to the book. The thing is if you are under the witness protection program they relocate you in town in Normandie France with a handler and 2 FBI agents who leaves across the street to make sure that nothing happens to you. Dam Man life is good in the witness protection program. Of course placing a well-known Mob boss into a small village in France doesn’t seem like the best strategy for the FBI, because the witness will stick out even more there but you don’t ask those questions when you are watching. The Giovanni has been moving from town to town because they resort to their old ways every time.  Michelle Pfeiffer steal the show in this film. Putting Dniro and pfeiffer in this film is a perfect cast the chemistry is there. When the son says that it sticks in the car and thinks it is the dog he has no idea that there is a dead body in the truck that Deniro killed on his way out of Nice. Then you hane Deniro watching the film Goodfellas. You can see the 2 culture clashing against each other. Things are different in France than the state. It could been funnier but i like this on the action is great. And Luc besson has build a career on stylish thriller.

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Posted in Cult film, French film

THE GRAND BLEU (1988)

A film by Luc Besson.
Cast: Jean-Marc Barr, Jean Reno, Rosanna Arquette.

English title: The big blue
Enzo and Jacques have known each other for a long time. Their friendship started in their childhood days in the Mediterranean. They were not real friends in these days, but there was something they both loved and used to do the whole day long: diving. One day Jacques’ father, who was a diver too, died in the Mediterranean sea. Years goes by That Jacques and Enzo meet again at a diving competition.
Although the story is fiction, it is inspired by the lives of divers Jacques Mayol and Enzo Maiorca. this is the second time that I see this movie and it is a classic. A terrific buddies story and a love story between Jacques and this woman Johanna Baker (Rosanna Arquette). First the photography is great, the shot in Greece are so stunning even the one in France on the cote d’azur and let’s not forget the coast in Italy.
This young woman Johanna falls in love with Jacques and follows him where where the diving competition takes him. But jacques is still hunted by the death of his father you will see him getting though different emotions. Also his family that he has left 3 dolphins that he sees at the aquarium when ever he can. The film has 2 versions the short one and the long one. The long versions is about 2 hours and 40 minutes long.

Posted in French film

LEO : THE PROFESSIONAL (1994)

Mathilda, a twelve-year old New York girl, is living an undesirable life among her half-family. Her father stores drugs for two-faced cop Norman Stansfield. Only her little brother keeps Mathilda from breaking apart. One day, Stansfield and his team take cruel revenge on her father for stretching the drugs a little, thus killing the whole family. Only Mathilda, who was out shopping, survives by finding shelter in Léon’s apartment in the moment of highest need. Soon, she finds out about the strange neighbour’s unusual profession – killing – and desperately seeks his help in taking revenge for her little brother. Léon, who is completely unexperienced in fatherly tasks, and in friendships, does his best to keep Mathilda out of trouble. Natalie Portman was originally turned down by Todd M. Thaler (the casting director) due to being too young, but she returned to the auditions and performed the scene where Mathilda laments the loss of her brother. Luc Besson was so impressed with the depth of emotion she summoned during the audition that he gave her the role. During the filming involving all of the police cars on the street, a man ran from a store he had just robbed. When he encountered the movie set by accident, he saw all of the “police” and gave himself up to a bunch of uniformed extras. Mathilda checks herself and Léon in under the name “MacGuffin”. “MacGuffin” is a movie term coined by Alfred Hitchcock for a trivial element in a movie which serves no other purpose than to drive the plot forwards. The pistols that Léon use in the film are Beretta 92FS’s with AL-GI-MEC compensators added on. In some scenes, he affixes them with sound suppressor, with threads that extend past the compensator cuts to cancel out the escaping gases that could potentially escape and produce a loud gunshot. In the final firefight, one of Léon’s Berettas is seen with a stainless or “Inox” frame. Liv Tyler was considered for the part of Mathilda but, at age 15, she was deemed too old. Nathalie Portman favorite actors is Jean Reno and Danny Aiello, a bonus for her they were both in the movie. Léon Gaumont was a French inventor developing cinematographic techniques in the late 19th century alongside with the Lumière brothers. Gaumont is the name of the production company that made this film. According to Patrice Ledoux, Luc Besson planned Léon as filler. At the time, he had already started working on The Fifth Element, but production was delayed due to Bruce Willis’s schedule. Rather than dismiss the production team and lose his creative momentum, Besson wrote Léon. It took him only 30 days to write the script, and the shoot lasted only 90 days. Ironically, Léon is now generally considered to be a far superior film to The Fifth Element. All of the interiors of Léon’s apartment were shot in Paris; all of the shots of the outside corridor were shot six weeks earlier in New York.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in French film

LA FEMME NIKITA (1990)

The serpentine plotline of Luc Besson’s La Femme Nikita begins its 117-minute slither when punkish, psychotic, and drug-ridden Nikita (Anne Parillaud) fires her gun into a cop’s face following the stick-up of a drug store, and is promptly imprisoned. She is thrown into a tank cell, then injected with a substance and told it is a lethal toxin. Instead of dying, however, the comes to in an all-white interrogation room, where French intelligence officer Bob (Tchéky Karyo), informs her that an alternate to execution exists: she can receive covert government training as an assassin. She accepts the bid, is rigorously trained, and later returns to society as a seemingly normal and gentle civilian, but falls in love with a drugstore employee while she’s waiting for that first government assignment and the story goes from there. The paradoxical concept of a young woman blossoming socially while carrying out cold-blooded murders was downplayed when La Femme Nikita was remade in America as the silly and disappointing Point of No Return, directed by John Badham with Bridget Fonda in the lead. A far less sociopathic TV-series version of La Femme Nikita surfaced on the USA cable network in early 1997. The diplomatic plates on the Mercedes driven by Victor in the mission to the embassy has a code indicating that it belongs to the Australian embassy. The “big gun” Nikita uses during the restaurant scene is a two toned Israel Military Industries Desert Eagle Mark VII chambered in .357 magnum. The odd looking gun that Nikita uses in Venice is a silenced Steyr AUG, an Austrian made assault rifle.