J’ACCUSE (2019)

A film by  Roman Polanski

Cast:  Jean Dujardin, Louis Garrel, Emmanuelle Seigner 

English title: An officer and a spy

During the 12 years that it lasted, the Dreyfus Affair tore France apart, . In this huge scandal, at the end of the XIXth century, blend judicial error, denial of justice and anti-Semitism. The case is told from the point of view of Colonel Picquart who, once appointed head of the counterintelligence, will discover that the evidence against Captain Alfred Dreyfus had been manufactured. From this moment and at the risk of his career tries to defend Alfred Dreyfus . Will he succeed?

There were some friction at the Cannes film Festival to include this film in the competition at Cannes, especially one member of the Jury but what you don’t know is that once again Polanski is on the news in France and I am not going to go with the details because it is getting absurd. So that is why he can relate to this film especially the character played by Louis Garrel (Alfred Dreyfus) unrecognisable and what a great actor he has become.

The opening of the film Dreyfus is being stripped of his arms and disgraced before the army, before being led away and into exile on Devil’s Island. Georges Picquart  is promoted to the head of the French Secret Service, he also finds himself looking into the possibility that Dreyfus might be innocent. Picquart gets sent to the statistics office a rundown building where are hero is going to find out about the lies, the misinformation and the defamation about this case. But trying to tell the story and to convince everybody what he found is not going to be easy. Jean Dujardin here delivers a solid performance as colonel Piquart as well as the rest of this wonderful cast we discover Louis Garrel, Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Denis Podalydes, Damien Bonnard, Melvil Poupaud, Grégorys Gadebois and Vincent Grass. Photography, sets, costumes, music, everything is simply impeccable. It is really a production of excellent quality. The quest for truth, justice, fake news, antisemitism and many more are told here. Is a matter a fact the film took off very well its first weekend.




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.




BARBARA (2017)


A film by Mathieu Amalric

Cast: Jeanne Balibar, Mathieu Amalric, Barbara

A director wants to make a film biopic of the French songer named Barbara (1930 – 1997).

Here is the iconic French singer who has a deep singing voice and as the alias of la Dame en Noire ( the lady in black) She always wore black almost. Jeanne Balibar who incarnated the songer beautifully well nor the less that she looks like her, amazing!!! Balibar, who is Amalric’s ex-wife, has also experience as a professional singer which shows in the way she relates to her fans. Here Amalric structures it as a film within a film – with himself as the director of it, eavesdropping on rehearsals and following Barbara around which you will be at some point seeing the real Barbara at times. It is an usual film because you do not know where you are at if yo sing the real Barbara or not. Plus the singer had a particular style and rather chaotic personal life. The film moves well and is bit melancholic at times but it is a beautiful film.




Here are 10 films that will mark you for life sort of speak. 

l'amant double

L’amant double  (The double lover) that is the transition but the English title might be something else A film by the great François Ozon with Jacqueline Bisset, Myriam Boyer, Jérémie Renier. The story goes like this Chloe, a fragile young woman, falls in love with her psychoanalyst, Paul. A few months later she moves in with him, but soon discovers that her lover is concealing a part of his identity. In theatre in France may 25 2017.


The meyerowitz stories

The meyerowitz stories . A film by Noah Baumbach with Adam Sandler, Grace Van Patten, Dustin Hoffman. An estranged family gathers together in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father. soon on Netflix.


Faute d'amour (2017)

Nelyubov a film by Andrey Zvyagintsev avec Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin. The story goes like this: A couple going through a divorce must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their bitter arguments. (From IMBD) . In movie theatre in September 20 2017


The Beguiled

The Beguiled a film by Sofia Coppola avec Kirsten Dunst, Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning. At a girls’ school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries, and an unexpected turn of events (from IMDB).


le redoutable

Le redoutable   (Translation the dreaded)   a film by Michel Hazanavicius with Louis Garrel, Stacy Martin, Bérénice Bejo. During the making of one of his films, French film director Jean-Luc Godard falls in love with 17-year old actress Anne Wiazemsky and later marries her (from IMDB). I have to admit the actor looks like Goddard when he was younger. In movie theatre September 13 2017.


The Killing of a Sacred Deer

The Killing of a Sacred Deer a film by Yorgos Lanthimos with Alicia Silverstone, Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell. A teenager’s attempts to bring a brilliant surgeon into his dysfunctional family take an unexpected turn (from IMDB) in movie theatre November 1st 2017.



Barbara a film by Mathieu Amalric with Mathieu Amalric, Jeanne Balibar, Lisa Ray-Jacobs. A director wants to make a biopic about the female singer Barbara (from IMDB). In movie theatre Septembre 6 2017.


in the fade

Aus dem Nichts (in the fade) a film by Fatih Akin with Diane Kruger, Numan Acar, Ulrich Tukur. Katja’s life collapses after the death of husband and son in a bomb attack. After the time of mourning and injustice, here comes the time of revenge. In movie theatre next week. Translation of the title is out of nowhere.


D'après une histoire vraie (2017)

Based on a true story a film by Roman Polanski with Eva Green, Emmanuelle Seigner, Vincent Perez. A writer goes through a tough period after the release of her latest book, as she gets involved with an obsessive admirer (from IMDB). In movie theatre next week.  It is from a book I could not find the film poster so I put the book cover.


twin peaks

Twin Peaks a film by David Leach with Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee, Kimmy Robertson. Evénement 70 anniversary in Cannes so Leach is promoting his series. Yes, yes and yes can’t wait to see that one. Picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town are stunned when their homecoming queen is murdered (from IMDB).

All the date I put in are the release date in France.What you do is put the title in the website IMDB and they will tell you what is the realise date in your country I am sure that most of you knows that by now. Just a reminder.



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.




Les anonymes (2013)

A film by Pierre Schoeller

Cast: Michel Albertini, Mathieu Amalric, Patrick Azam

Based on the true story. Claude Erignac the prefect of the region Corsica, was shot Feb. 6, 1998 on the streets of Ajaccio. It shook the earth. Never since the Second World War, we had a hit on a high state official. After a year of investigation, followed by the arrest of the alleged commando. Ninety six hours of custody in anti-terrorism. Gradually a name keeps popping up: the one of Yvan Colonna. An exceptional crime, an exceptional justice.

Here is a political film and a very sensible one and Pierre Schoeller has done an outstanding job here. He stay true to the story here with some nice cinematography. The thing is that if it was an American film it would have been a spectacular one. But it is a french film and we do thing differently here and the director did it in a form of a thriller when the tension is building throughout the film.

There is three chapter here. The first one is that the film open like a news flash of what happened. Like a documentary. It is a quick introduction of what happen with the witnesses talking about what they saw. Then the second chapter begins, the criminals are caught, jailed and may the 96 hours of interrogation begins and yes you will get some quick flashback from time to time. The third well the conclusion of the film.  The film moves along just fine you do not have the time to take a breather. Schoeller did not show Corsica like a post card with beautiful scenery, instead it was some quick shot of the residence, he was in and out as quickly as possible. Like I said Pierre Schoeller has respected the story here and  stayed with the facts that is why this film works so well.

Les anonymes (2013)

Les anonymes (2013)



A film by Arnaud Desplechin

Cast: Quentin Dolmaire, Lou Roy-Lecollinet, Mathieu Amalric

English title: My golden years. The thing is it should be translated like this: Three memories from my childhood.

It is safe to say that it is the prequel of the film called My sex life or how I got to an argument. Here is a film that has it all well almost, there is flashback, voice-over, a lot of classical references, and slip screen throw in a little suspense and puppy love. the film drags a little that is the vision the puppy love story from Desplechin. So If you are into his film well no worries there.

Dedalus (Mathieu Amalric) is preparing to return to France after living in Russian for 8 years. When the plane lands in France he is told that there is a problem with his passport. So Dedalus recalls his memories when he was younger. he recall this story where when he was a young boy he gave his passport to this other young boy who looks like him so he can go to Israel. Which later on he had a love affair with Esther ( Lou Roy-Lecollinet), a mature 16 year-old who sees herself as someone different and special. The story takes off from there and you would think at the beginning of the film that you are going to watch an espionage thriller but it turn into a young puppy love story. In the story there are those who are intelligent and moving and those who  are pretentious and self-indulgent. There is three memories Childhood, Russia and Ester. It is a wonderful film here very well written and filmed, the cinematography is outstanding it has an orange fell to it. It did not get recognized at the Film Cannes Festival but worth taking a look.

Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse (2015)

Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse (2015)


The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

A film by Wes Anderson

Cast: Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric

Right the way you see the trailer of this film and you know that is a Wes Anderson film. It is the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel during the first world war and world war II where he meet Zero the lobby boy his first and only trusted friend.

This is a creative film at its best and  charming as hell. The decor has bright color like way back in the 70’s seriously bright. His vision is astonishing and brilliant, just look at the CGI that look a bit ridiculous and the camera movement with the distortion and so forth. Keep in mind it is an all star cast Fiennes who play Gustave has done an outstanding performance His dialogue is rapid and straight to the point. I think the best part of the film is that a bunch of prisoners breaks out of jail using tiny sledgehammers and pickaxes that have been smuggled past the guards inside fancy frosted pastries. None less digging a tunnel miles long. There is composed frames, travel shot, even camera gliding along the character plus there is some that are eccentric that would pop up once in the while. Wes has used seriously his imagination on this film, he probably said to himself okay what if that was my last film I am making, because to me he goes all out with his project. He has a peculiar vision that no other director has and he expresses it so freely, that is taking a big risk. For one hour and thirty minutes you will escape in his own world. Terrific film by Anderson and guaranty to have a good time.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)-2

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)-3


A film by Jean-François Richet.
Cast: Vincent Cassel, Ludivine Sagnier, Mathieu Amalric.
This blistering biopic stars Vincent Cassel as notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine. The first in a duology, the film details the genesis of Mesrine’s career, including an incident in the army that gave him his first taste of violent power. Director Jean Francois Richet . Yes it is a french film with Vincent Cassel and Cecil De France two of my favorite actor also Gerard Depardieu also my favorite.Vincent Cassel is electrifying, and Depardieu is great he is the Robert De Niro of France. I love this film. The action is good so is the cast.
Jacques Mesrine was born in a stable middle-class home, well-educated, then sent to Algeria as a paratrooper who soon became a torturer and executioner and found he liked the work. He escaped from four prisons, killed perhaps 40 people, kidnapped in France and Quebec and stuck up banks the way other people use ATM machines. Mesrine was always heavily armed and had promised he would not be taken alive, Jeanne must, or should, have known that being attached to him placed her in the fire zone. Why did she do it? Was it love? The way I see it it lust been for love. After the gunfire, she doesn’t even look to see what happened to Jacques, but starts screaming at the cops because they killed her dog. Well maybe it was for the money. this film won Cesars for best director (Jean-Francois Richet) and best actor (Vincent Cassel). That man was a psychopath. Nice job By cassel here.