WASP NETWORK (2019)

A film by Olivier Assayas

Cast:  Ana de Armas, Penélope Cruz, Wagner Moura

Beginning of the 90’s. A group of Cubans living in Miami set up a spy network. Their mission: to infiltrate the anti-Castro groups responsible for attacks on the island.

Rene Gonzalez (Edgar Ramirez) seems to have a perfect life. His wife Olga (Penélope Cruz) is beautiful, they have a young daughter and he flies planes. But one day he decided to take off and fly under the radar and over the short stretch of sea to Miami. In a televised press conference he tells them the frustration about the Castro regime and announces his intention to stay in the US, after all he is an American citizen who just left his wife and kids to Cuba and he is being accused of being a traitor. Juan Pablo (Wagner Moura) soon joins him too. Both René and Juan become pilots for the CANF (Cuban American National Foundation) to assist defecting Cubans and hasten the collapse of Castro’s regime. Both infiltrate CANF, rising up the ranks, with Juan Pablo graduating to a lavish lifestyle. Assayas, while filming Wasp Network, was given the rare opportunity to film in Cuba. The over shot of Cuba by plane was a rare sight on film and the most vibrant. As the story unravels the mystery behind René and Juan Pablo, other characters are introduced and historical figures, such as the terrorist Luis Posada Carriles (Tony Plano) and Gerardo Hernandez (Gael García Bernal), director of Wasp Network. As the story goes along it is going to be a little confusing at times. The story has its twist and turns. It is film in an unconventional way and it fells that it is going all over the place. It is watchable and entertaining but it is missing something unfortunately. And to think this was going on in the 90’s.

PERSONAL SHOPPER (2016)

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A film by Olivier Assayas

Cast: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz

Stewart plays Maureen, someone who in reality might be working for the actress. she is the personal shopper of a famous and wealthy model, Kyra (Nora Von Waltstätten), running around Paris and selecting her dresses, jewellery and shoes, as well as doing the more stupid other tasks such as updating her iMac and standing in for her at fashion shoots. But thing are getting a little strange she is a medium and is feeling a house for a couple that wants to buy it.

Here is Maureen trying to do the task of a personal shopper and it is keeping from doing the other thing feeling this house to see if there is a spirit roaming around the house. And she does rarely a face to face with the model she is the personal shopper for. Maureen’s relationship with her computer programmer boyfriend Gary (Ty Olwin) proceeds via Skype. Maureen is confident of her taste, friendly with the fashion designers and accomplished at her job. However Maureen is troubled. a person dear to her life died plus later on she gets text from someone she does not even know. Here she plays a dangerous guessing game with him. Who is he or she? and what does he or she wants. All of this Maureen has to manage which the stress will rise a bit. Stewart, meanwhile, is wonderful. The belief in spiritualism is taken soberly and there are few sceptics. Plus there are some question that is not answer is the film. Some other are. As the film goes on you want to know how is it going to end. The ending is perfect.

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