UNE INTIME CONVICTION (2019)

A film by  Antoine Raimbault

Cast:  Marina Foïs, Olivier Gourmet, Laurent Lucas 

English: Reasonable doubt

Since Nora attended the trial of Jacques Viguier, accused of the murder of his wife, she is convinced of his innocence. There is no doubt in her mind that that Viguier is innocent. She ask a lawyer to reopen the case and together they will fight against an injustice.

Based on a true story the dossier Jacques Viguier where a judge reopened the case to see if he could get Viguier off the charges of killing his wife. Well they didn’t have a body let along the murder weapon. To make it more interesting the director will use a fictional character, like the character of Nora (Marina Fois) and real life, lawyer Eric Dupond-Moretti played by Olivier Gourmet. It is not just a trial movie here but also the team-up with Nora and the judge trying to dig up 100 hours of taped conversation. Ok here at the trial is a man who is convicted of the murder of his wife and to make it interesting there is the other story, the one of Nora helping the lawyer. She becomes obsessive and even neglect her son and her job as a cook at a restaurant. And yes there is a twist in the story. Three great actors here make their mark. It is a joy to see those brilliant actors especially Marina Foïs whose character is passionate and obsessive in getting Viguier off his charges.

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LE GRAND BAIN (2018)

LE GRAND BAIN (2018)

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A film by Gilles Lellouche

Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Guillaume Canet, Benoît Poelvoorde, Jean-Hugues Anglade,Virginie Efira, Marina Foïs

English title: Sink or swim

It is in the corridors of their municipal swimming pool that Bertrand, Marcus, Simon, Laurent, Thierry and the others train under the relative authority of Delphine, to train in synchronized swimming. Together, they feel free and tell each other their problems. They will put all their energy into this discipline previously owned by women so, yes it’s a weird idea, but this challenge will allow them to find meaning in their lives …

Here is a film from Lellouche who is an actor also but decided to direct this inventive comedy. I love  the scene where they are going to steal the swimsuits (a parody of a heist film with 70’s music ,the funniest part of the film) but also and especially those of synchronized swimming which he manages to perfectly capture the choreography . Lellouche manages to film the mixture of malice and virtuosity of the characters. Here are a group of sad middle age men who are in a middle age crisis who want to find again meaning in their life and  the only way for them is to try to succeed in this competition of synchronized swimming. Here is a group of people who are trying to forget their problem by concentrating in this activity. A cool comedy / feel good movie that is breath of fresh air.

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L’ATELIER (2017)

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A film by Laurent Cantet

Cast: Marina Foïs, Matthieu Lucci, Florian Beaujean

English title: The workshop 

Here is the brilliant film by Cantet. In an interview he said we started to write about this film 20 years ago then later we understood that the world change and the opportunity to make the film in today’s context of what is happening now day in the world.

The film follows a bunch of students in a workshop for writers with the famous crime novelist. The film is brilliant here with some great dialogue. you will see a bunch of students who are learning to write a novel with a famous writer.The tension takes time to build, but when it finally explodes you will not see coming what is going to be next. France here is multiculturalism so in the group you have Arabic , African, Spanish among many others represented within the dozen or so students attending the workshop. However the main character is Antoine (Matthieu Lucci), a white-nationsalist teenager that, in his free time, watches right-wing videos about guns and France’s lost cultural identity. When Antoine writes a paragraph of his crime story everyone jump on him because it is too violent and things gets out of hand and politics start to bleed throughout the conversation. Antoine does not shy away for the conversation to prove a point. When Olivia now is going to pay more attention to Antoine. Here is an interesting but smart film with some beautiful pictures of the Calanques. There is somewhere of this generation of young people who are very much alive either could be positive or very negative attidute toward life. Do not miss this one.

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L_ATELIER (2017)

 

IRRÉPROCHABLE (2016)

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A film by Sébastien Marnier

Cast: Marina Foïs, Jérémie Elkaïm, Joséphine Japy

Having been fired from her old job as a real estate agent, 40 years old Constance (Marina Foïs) faces several issues : she cannot rent a flat anymore and she doesn’t find another job in Paris. The other option left, she decides to call her former boss, from the small agency in La Rochelle where she started her career : to her surprise, he tells her that he is actually hiring, as the  market appears to be growing in the area. He explains that he already found someone, but she tries to convinced him to get the job because of her experience and extensive qualifications.  She finds out that she is passed over by   Audrey, a younger and prettier woman of course. This does not seat well with Constance which she decides to take matter in her own hands.

Here is a woman who is struggling to go back to her old boss to get her job back due to the fact she lost hers in Paris. Here is a different kind of femme fatale here. one who lie, cheats, sleeps with married man, has a history with her boss, and where other employees  are not crazy to see her back. She is the kind that will manipulate people even stalking the young woman who does not know that she has been stalk. She will try to stop at nothing to get what she wants. Yes there is twist and turn in the story. Irréprochable is a  physical film: Constance will workout her body like a fighter in training and even have some kind of sexual sophisticated sex game. Constance is badly dressed and sometimes will lay down on the floor of the kitchen simulating death. She is a little crazy and a woman like no other with some kind of staking sexual game going on.

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L’HOMME QUI VOULAIS VIVRE SA VIE (2010)

A film by  Eric Lartigau.
Cast: : Romain Duris, Marina Foïs, Niels Arestrup.
Paul Exben is a success story – partner in one of Paris’s most exclusive law firms, big salary, big house, glamorous wife and two sons straight out of a Gap catalog. But when he finds out that Sarah, his wife, is cheating on him with Greg Kremer, a local photographer, a rush of blood provokes Paul into a fatal error. Standing over the corpse of his wife’s lover, Paul knows that his perfect life has gone for good. But by assuming the dead man’s identity and fleeing for an isolated part of former Yugoslavia on the beautiful Adriatic coast, Paul gets another shot at being himself and, at last, seeing the big picture.

Here is a great film in an instant Exben (Romin Duris)’s life changes and he goes without thinking to much and gets a new life. But along the way some problem arise. I do not want to reveal too much of the film. Great performances from the actors that goes along with a great script.
Based on the novel from Douglas Kennedy.

POLISSE (2011)

A film by Maïwenn.
Cast: Karin Viard, Joey Starr, Marina Foïs .
Prix du Jury a Cannes.
The daily grind for the cops of the Police Department’s Juvenile Protection Unit – taking in child molesters, busting underage pickpockets and chewing over relationship issues at lunch; interrogating abusive parents, taking statements from children, confronting the excesses of teen sexuality, enjoying solidarity with colleagues and laughing uncontrollably at the most unthinkable moments. Knowing the worst exists and living with it. How do these cops balance their private lives and the reality they confront every working day? Fred, the group’s hypersensitive wild card, is going to have a hard time facing the scrutiny of Melissa, a photographer on a Ministry of the Interior assignment to document the unit.
A cop movie of the juvenile protection unit inspired by true stories. Not for kids, because the subject matter. It is showing the life of cops on the daily basis.
A female officer is questioning a teenage girl who was asked to provide oral sex for a group of boys. Why did she agree? Because they took her cell phone. The policewoman can barely suppress her laughter. She calls some colleagues into the interrogation room and tries to keep a straight face as she briefs them: “She gave blow job to get her cell phone back.” The girl doesn’t think she was so stupid. “It was a smart phone! It is a nice phone” she explains. Now all the cops are laughing at her. Yes there is some moment like that. The police stick together the go on the field together the eat lunch and on occasion dine together. It is like the second family.
it does a good job of setting apart their individual stories, and the dismay and disgust about what they have to see every day. Sometimes a case is too much for them, as when they meet a young African immigrant who has been living on the streets with her little boy. The cops try to find her a shelter and fail, and one cop wants to bring them home with him, which is against the rules. Mother and son end up separated. The director did a great job telling different stories. Is a matter a fact the police saw the movie and got back to Maîwenn and told her she has done a great job. A must see. By the way the title Polisse isa child misspelling the word Police.