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LES FANTÔMES D’ISMAEL (2017)

LES FANTOMES D'ISMAEL

A film by Arnaud Desplechin

Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg

English: Ismael’s Ghosts

The first film at the Cannes films festival here is Ismael’s Ghosts. The execution of this film is obsessively near perfect and it’s not conventional.

On the eve of the shooting of his new film, the life of a filmmaker is upset by the reappearance of a lost love …

It is set up as a spy film at the opening of the film but the director through you off course from the start. it is not you typical film here , he shot it unconventionally with back and forth story telling form of flashback that is going to be a little confusing at first but you are going to find your way in. His style remains refreshingly free-spirited. Ismael (Mathieu Amalric) is preparing; a scrappy but enticing drama chronicling the life of his brother, Ivan (Louis Garrel). He is also obsessed about the disappearance of his former Carlotta (Marion Cotillard) wife some 20 years ago. He is fighting not to think about it too much. Here come this woman Sylvia (Charlotte Gainsbourg) who is shy & affectionately kind-hearted lover, encourages him to keep his head above water. But somehow his former wife reappear out of nowhere. There is a bit of frustration in this film but the actors are outstanding is a matter of fact the cast is perfect. It has its up and down here and a lot of drama. This high-caliber director has this awesome creative mind here but I know some of you will not like this one. Here in France there are a lot of critics that loves it, even the audiences.

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ROCK’N ROLL (2017)

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A film by Guillaume Canet 

Cast: Guillaume Canet, Marion Cotillard, Philippe Lefebvre, Gilles Lellouche, Yvan Attal,  Kev Adams,  Maxim Nucci,  Johnny Hallyday.

Guillaume Canet, a 42-year-old actor, is questioning the day when, where on a set of shooting, a young collaborator tells him that he is no longer an object of desire for the women of the younger generation …and bang!!!

Since I am in France I have read an interview with Canet who said he came up with the film poking t himself and his life as an actor when he was being interview a while back the interviewer said to him you are not very Rock’N Roll are you. Meaning he his at his place well manner, and well dressed that is how he is in real life. He said to her no not really. Now he wanted to make fun of his life and of the industry where they told him the image of a star is that don’t smoke, stay in shape, no grey hair on your head, wriggles are a no-no etc… Basically forbidding to age. So he decided to write this film with his friends. And this film is pure joy.

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He doesn’t hold back on his actor’s ego, cinema’s obsession with youth and even takes a crack  shot at the trashy way actors are treated by casting directors like they were in a ferry   tale. Everybody plays themselves here not exception. You will find that Marion Cotillard with a Canadian accent Québécois she is preparing for the role of Dolan’s film even plays on her image of a tornado of awards. The uneasiness of loosing at the ceasar, messing up a kid birthday party, cocaine-paralytic bust on YouTube, being difficult on the set etc…Basically he is have a middle age crisis. It is also its ability to implement this on both sides of the camera. Here Canet is back with this comedy that rocks but with all due respect to the viewers I have to say this the film towards the end is a little too much. Still it is so good. Have fun.

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MAL DE PIERRES (2016)

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A film by Nicole Garcia

Cast: Marion Cotillard, Louis Garrel, Alex Brendemühl

English title: From the land of the moon 

A spirited but delusional young woman in post-war France ends up in a marriage of convenience. When an illness takes her to a retreat in the Alps, she meets and falls in love with an injured soldier.

Inspired by Milena Agus’s eponymous novel, Mal de pierre tackles female desire, fantasy and ennui. set after the second world war  Gabrielle (Marion Cotillard) , a bourgeoisie country girl who lives with her parents and younger sister. She gets those crushed like a rush of morphine thought out her body and acts on it but embarrasses herself. The embarrassment causes her parents to arrange a marriage with a handsome, modest Spanish worker named Jose (Alex Brendemühl), the deal is  with the offer of cash to start his own business. Gabrielle  agrees to the match to escape from what she sees as her suffocating home.

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Gabrielle gets the stone disease (Mal de Pierre) and must go to a retreat in the Alpes where she can be treated. During her stay she falls in love with a soldier. Well here is a woman who is distant is having a hard time integrating into society to top it all off not a warm person at all. People thinks she is crazy and do not know what to do with her nor less her family. As for Jose here is a man incredibly forgiving and patient  who with the money he was given has built his own business. Here is a beautiful love story who has a hell of a beautiful photography. It is a gorgeous piece of melodrama like they used to make back in the day. The performance of Cotillard is out standing and she is back to the Cannes film festival again like every year. Her performance is pulsing and she will astonish you with it. The rest of the cast with what they had to go with well my hat goes to them. although there will be a twist in the story.

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DEUX JOURS, UNE NUIT (2014)

Deux jours, une nuit (2014)

A film by Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

Cast: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Catherine Salée

English Title: Two days, one night.  Sandra (Marion Cotillard) is married and has two kids. She suffered of a depression , just got back on her feet, she finds out that  the 16 workers 14 os which voted to have their prime instead of keeping Sandra who now is going to be laid off. Thanks to the help her friend and co-worker Juliette (Catherine Salee) and her husband Manu (Fabrizio Rongione), Sandra takes one last shot at keeping her job and talks her boss into holding a secret ballot on Monday. Now Sandra has the week-end to conceived  the majority of the employees to keep her instead of their bonus.

Here is a film that you can get involved in and take a neutral stand in. Here is a woman who is afraid of everything and just got back on her feet to work her ass off in this company. Sandra will get up on her feet with the help of her husband but then fall back down where things are not going well thanks to her husband she will get up again, she will find out that she will make friends and enemies along the way and will find out what she is capable of doing without being afraid anymore with a good positive attitude, all this in two days , one night. She will rekindle the relationship with her husband because of it. Terrific performances here with the actors especially Cotillard. The film has  documentary feel to it hey! that is the Dardenne brothers here. Technically you gain access at Sandra’s life here. It is a human story in the difficult time of a recession that hit hard and everybody wants to keep their jobs and their bonus. Here you have an incredible powerful story with emotions running high at times. Reember on thing the Dardenne brother does a film for the audience in mind.

Deux jours, une nuit (2014)

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THE IMMIGRANT (2013)

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A film by James Gray. 

Cast: Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Renner. 

It is 1921 and yes the American dream is around the corner for Ewa Cybulska (Marion Cotillard)  and her sister Magda (Angela Sarafyan) sail to New York from their native Poland. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Magda must go to the hospital on Ellis Island. Ewa was going to get deported but she begged a man to help her and he did well sort of. Bruno (Joaquin Phonix) a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution a way to make money so she can get her sister out of the hospital (well there were no medical insurance back then. ) Ewa encounters Bruno’s cousin and gets taken by him he on the other hand is falling for her. Ewa is Polish and Catholic, and her religion gives her the strength to meet any and all difficulties. Bruno is a low rent stage artist/pimp who scoop Ewa up to use her but he his in love with her . Those emotion runs through him and he can’t control nor express them. Bruno has no self worth and no sense of direction in his life I don’t think he likes himself. Bad things happen to Ewa, she always has her religion and her pride to get her through, but Bruno,  has nothing. They are trying to reach out to each other and that is the heart of this drama. This film period of the 1920’s in New York is done in dark color with display of light and shadow like the old movies back in the 30’s 40’s. Slowly Ewa gets tougher and tougher plus like I said she has this will power that will not go away and her sister on her mind. The men can have her body but can’t get to her no one will have her soul. She has one thing in mind get the money to get the money to get her sister out and go somewhere else to get a fresh start and be happy. Think about it you are waking up in Prague in a poor part of the town you have no wallet no ID no working paper and no money. Fear set in and the one thing on your mind at all the time is how I am going to get out of this situation where is my next meal will come from, where am I going to sleep tonight. fear will continue to set in until you’ll find a way out. That is how Marion  played it. Perfect cast for this one and great performance from them all. It is still going today where immigrant get in a country and fall in the hand a bad people. Great film. See it.

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TAXI (1998)


A film by Gérard Pirès.
Cast: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Marion Cotillard.
In Marseilles (France), skilled pizza delivery boy Daniel who drives a scooter finally has his dreams come true. He gets a taxi license. Caught by the police for a huge speed infraction, he will help Emilien, a loser inspector who can’t drive, on the track of German bank robbers, so he doesn’t lose his license and his dream job.

Cool, clean, fun, car chase caper, and also a film cult directed by Luc Besson. Just pure fun and funny they did the American version of it and it did not work but the french version is cool and funny. full of car chase and action. a liitle bit like Pink Panther the nspector clouseau one it is like Besson rewrote the story like I said many times there is nothing wrong with that. It is a breath of fresh air for a crime action film for a change. I have it on DVD.

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LES PETITS MOUCHOIRS (2011)

A film by Guillaume Canet.
Cast: François Cluzet, Marion Cotillard, Benoît Magimel.
Every year, Max, a successful restaurant owner, and Véro, his eco-friendly wife invite a group of friends to their beautiful beach house In the south of France . But Ludo, a party animal who circulates through clubs In Paris, inhales cocaine, leaves on his motor scooter, enters an intersection and — BANG! — is hit by a truck. which sets off a dramatic chain of reactions and emotional responses should they go on vacation or should they stay with their friend Ludo. So they decide to go for 2 weeks only instead of the all month. And you see how a bunch of friend lies to each other and cover up their lies. Until the news end their vacation And Until the moment when the truth finally catches up with them all. It similar from a movie that comes in mind the Big chill, the tone of the holiday in set up nobody thinks of Ludo who is said to be recovering. Max is a control freak and takes care of the entire vacation none of less his friend confesses his deep love for him, which though Max and irritate him also also he his at war with the war with the weasels who leaves in this house. The movie is 154 minutes long. It probably doesn’t need to be that long, but there’s an advantage to sinking into this milieu. Also keep in mind this is a french movie and there is a lot of wine drinking and eating after all that is what us french people do on are vacation beside going to the beach. I was drinking wine when I was watching the movie. There is one character we need to mention Jean-Louis. He acts as their godfather and wise overseer, takes them out on his boat and has a considerable presence; all the more impressive because Joel Dupuch is a non-actor and in fact a real oyster fisherman. enjoy this movie and have fun drinking wine while you are watching it. Do not forget the cheese and the baguette, I didn’t.