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L’AMANT DOUBLE (2017)

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A film by François Ozon

Cast: Marine Vacth, Jérémie Renier, Jacqueline Bisset

English: The double lover

Chloe, a fragile and depressed young woman, undertakes psychotherapy and falls in love with her psychiatrist, Paul. A few months later, they settle down together, but she discovers that her lover has hidden some of her identity.

Here Ozon did not win at the Cannes films festival but adapted the screenplay from  the novel Lives of the Twins by  Rosamond Smith, this stylish over-the-top genre cocktail combines satire, melodrama, tongue-in-cheek horror tropes, and a hell of a visual especially at the beginning of the film has done a hell of a thriller here where you are going to have a good time watching this extravaganza and don’t forget the wine please.

A the beginning of the film the editing is an audacious move that you have not seen before well I have not. L’Amant Double may be a film that puts one in mind of nineties erotic thrillers but there’s also a lot of Hitchcock / De Palma there too, and as this opening  Ozon put his own sauce to it. The story goes like this ,  Chloe (Marine Vacth) depressed god to a psychiatrist named Paul (Jeremy Renier) who soon fall for each other. Soon moves in together and one day Chloe discovers that Paul is hiding something. The visual here is outstanding resemble at a film like Vertigo an homage at Alfred Hitchcock of course. the film is filled to the brim with pure cinematic imagery brutally edited in such a way that it ressemble at several film at times. Ozon once said I have no intention of making a classic film. I want to experiment , I want to push boundaries and he has done just that with is film. He spends is time on human relationship here and made it a, brilliant erotic-Freudian thriller, hitchcockian just as much as naughty and quite disturbing.

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LA CONFESSION (2017)

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A film by Nicolas Boukhrief

Cast: Romain Duris, Marine Vacth, Anne Le Ny

Under the German occupation, in a small French town, the arrival of a new priest arouses the interest of all women … Barny, a young communist and atheist woman, can not however be more indifferent. Driven by curiosity, the young skeptic goes  to the church in order to challenge this abbot: Léon Morin.  Barny is yet to be destabilized by this young priest, as seductive as it is intelligent. Intrigued, it takes the play of their exchanges, to the point of questioning its deepest certainties. Will Barny  succumb to the charm of the young priest?

Here And I thought it was a little familiar the director has rewrote the story from the book from the novel by Béatrice Beck entitled Léon Morin, a priest, while avoiding making a remake of the homonymous film by Jean-Pierre Melville (Léon Morin), whose production did not acquire the rights.

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The film takes place today , a young priest goes to the bedside of an elderly woman who, on her deathbed, confides to him a secret to whom she has never spoken to anyone: that of her meeting with a Priest  who shaken her life, when she was only a very young woman . A few months after the end of the war, the arrival of a seductive and loving priest changes  the life of this village where men are rare (Barny’s husband is a prisoner in Germany). At the post office where Barny works, all the women are titillated and each one goes there to talk to him. Unlike her co-workers, Barny decides to keep her distance and even often provoke this man who represents an ideology of which she is suspicious.The director is careful not to enter into any political or religious discussion. The only fire  of the narrative is indeed this psychological duel that will begin with blows of fluid and brilliant dialogues. It is going to be a slow film but an intelligent one where humans emotion are going to flow. Marine Vacth is brilliant  in the skin of this young woman torn between her beliefs and the brilliant arguments of this persuasive man played by  Romain Duris with a  sweet smile that run the risk of becoming indigestible without the psychological study of the local population. Romain Duris, to whom the priest outfit fits him  wonderfully well , knows how to find the tone just with  a balanced dose of vivacity and mystery. There I was even surprise by this film so intelligently filmed, written with a perfect casting and beautifully well acted.

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JEUNE ET JOLIE (2013)

A film by François Ozon.
Cast: Marine Vacth, Géraldine Pailhas, Frédéric Pierrot.
English title: Young and Beautiful.
The portrait of a 17 year-old girl, in 4 seasons and 4 songs. That is to sums it up very shortly but wait there is more yes, yes, there is more.“Young & Beautiful,” starring the appropriately cast newcomer Marine Vacth in the title role, who leaves in a bourgois family, decided to be a call girl for money and dangerous fun. “Young & Beautiful” is in fact questioning everyday notions about sex and the institution of marriage. You see this teenager going through her customer some nice some not so nice. When sudently the police contact the mother and informed her about her teenage daughter and her activity. Now in real life the police told Ozon that they contact the teenager first because
usually not always the Parent are suspect, Ozon told a reporter he did it that way so the mother can talk to the daughter. Isabelle (Marine vacth) has this problem does she want to be with someone and fall in love or does she want to get paid for sex and be detach form that person. She tries to have a relationship with a teenager but she says to him it is not working. I am not going to go in detail for those who din’t see the film yet. Great film From François Ozon.