Posted in French film

L’ODEUR DE LA MANDARINE (2015)

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A film by Gilles Legrand

Cast: Olivier Gourmet, Georgia Scalliet, Dimitri Storoge

English: The smell of Mandarin 

Summer 1918. The war rages for another few months, but to Charles and Angela, it’s already over. He, cavalry officer has one leg. She, her home care nurse, has just lost the love of  her life, the father to  her baby daughter. United by the need to rebuild, they establish a joyful complicity that brings them back to life. At the insistence of Charles, Angela accepts a marriage of convenience. They will go to war against themselves and against each other before accepting the evidence of the passion that binds them despite themselves.

Can we desire without loving? Here is a young nurse who needs a job who has a daughter and the war in not so far away. He needs a nurse to take care of him due to his loss of one leg during the war. He finally gets out of bed and even goes back on horse back riding thanks to her. they are funny together and life starts to get good again for both of them. When Charles (Olivier Gourmet) ask Angèle (Georgia scalliet) in marriage. Here is the really kicker there is condition in the marriage you see Angèle is not in love with Charles but she will marry him under certain conditions and the list is long. There is humor though out this film big time and it raises the question if giving time can we really love someone. Beautiful film, extremely well film with some drop dead gorgeous scenery. A film that is well written with humor and intelligence. Olivier Gourmet here shines big time and the choice of film with this actor is amazing. He si busy as hell those days. Georgia Scalliet first time I saw here has done a terrific job here she stand on her ground in the front of Olivier. Film buffs who loves beautiful love stories will surely sensitive to the speech of the director that you will not find in most film those days.

L'odeur de la mandarine (2015)

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Posted in French film

JAMAIS DE LA VIE (2015)

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A film by Pierre Jolivet

Cast: Olivier Gourmet, Valérie Bonneton, Marc Zinga

English translation: Not on your life. 

Frank (Olivier Gourmet) a security guard at night watches over a supermarket. He has a monotone life work, sleep eat, work….Not too much in his life is going on. Until one day he notices something. He investigate a little more and decided to do the unthinkable.

Here is a man without hope nor future who will have to work until his 70’s ( Retirement age in France is 62 ) and still will have nothing too much in his pension plan to survive.  A little romance is flourishing with the social worker.  The world that he does his without a future, it’s boring. Those that he meet are just coming and going Ketu a young man played by Marc Zinga who is the objet go the collateral damages in the story. Finally Mylène (Valérie Bonneton) which meets regularly Franck to evaluate his job and his professional future. From there will be someone hurt with a knife, some gun fire, a pair of pants will ripped, cars will collide. There is not emergency exit here it is going to get rough and it is all going downhill. Happy ending yeah! right. It is a film like the Dardennes brothers makes but darker like a film noir.

Jamais de la vie (2015)

Jamais de la vie (2015)

Posted in Based on a true story, French film

l’AFFAIRE SK1 (2014)

 

 

 

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A film by Frédéric Tellier

Cast: Raphaël Personnaz, Nathalie Baye, Olivier Gourmet 

This is the true story of Guy George, the Dossier SK1 from The early 80’s till 1997. The named it SK1 Serial Killer Number 1. Back in the early 80’s a series of rape and murder has been found its way in Paris. For years the police at the 36 Quai des Orfèvres has been trying to catch him and finally succeeded. Guy has been charge with the rape and murders has gotten life in prison. The movie is  about the work of the 36 Quai Des Orfèvres (a french and famous investigation bureau), from the first murder, to the trial. Frank Magne (Raphaël Personnaz) is the investigator who at the beginning stubble into the file of this unsolved case. You see when you are the new guy at the Quai Des Orfèvres you get the unsolved case as a detective told him a pair of fresh eyes on this files. He begins to investigate a little more. You see the killer stops for about 3 years and then nothing. Suddenly he begins to kill again. Frank dedicated himself to the chase of this invisible murderer. Frank had a lot perseverance, passion, anger and motivation to catch this killer. Well played by Raphaël Personnaz. Nathalie Baye has done a great performance here. Of course Olivier Gourmet (great first name) a veteran here has done very well. Adama Niane who plays Guy George played it right. At first He didn’t know why he was arrested so he said and gradually little by little he begins to unveil the face of a killer. His performance was genuine to a T. Take a look at this one it is quiet good.

L'affaire SK1 (2014)

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Posted in Based on a true story, French film

LE TEMPS DES AVEUX (2014)

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A film by Régis Wargnier

Cast: Raphaël Personnaz, Phoeung Kompheak, Olivier Gourmet

English title: The gate. 

From the book by François Bizot his memoirs. A French ethnologist is capture by Khmer Rouge an army in Cambodia. Prisoner for 4 months than released by his guardian Douch later known for executed 13000 people. It is the unusual relationship of the 2 men that director Regis Wargnier was interested in.  Douch ( Phoeung Kompheak) relate to his prisoner and even tries to help him but François Bizot (Raphaël Personnaz) tries everything to get out of prisoner camp. Why Douch wants to save him? Because Douch believe in Bizot innocence? It is because he is the only one with whom Duch can exchange quotes on his  ideology? The answer remains elusive, surely because the narrator himself does not know it The film has a slow pace, and  manages to capture us and takes us into the history of these two men. Since it is a slow-paced film many of you might not like this film knowing the American audiences out there but keep in mind it is the relationship of those 2 men that is developing over the years. You see most of the time when this kind of things happens the guardian is tough on his prisoners they try to break them but nott there like I said they have an unusual kind of relationship. The cinematographer capture the raw life in Cambodia like it was back then and I think like now days. The landscapes and scenery are beautiful and realistic. Kompheak Phoeung who plays Douch shines here, he integrated the character perfectly well and flawlessly no wonder He was the French translator at the trial of Duch. Like he said one time I have no choice it is procedure. Raphaël Personnaz has done well here as well he lost 20 pounds for the role. The director did not put out the violence on how he killed the 13000 people by torturing them or just have them shot. No music there just because it is a tense film and it does not need it. It could be frustrating for some this film because you want more or there is some question that you will have that is not answered in the film, but overall I like this film it standout well.

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Posted in French film

VIOLLETE (2013)

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A film by Martin Provost

Cast: Emmanuelle Devos, Sandrine Kiberlain, Olivier Gourmet 

Violette Leduc, born a bastard at the beginning of last century, meets Simone de Beauvoir in the years after the war in St-Germain-des-Prés. Then begins an intense relationship between the two women that will last throughout the rest of their lives. A quest for  freedom by freely writing about anything as Simone pushes Viollette to write because she sees a talented writer.

This film is a biography of Violette Leduc.  It starts like this, The fake marriage to writer Maurice Sachs to neither’s benefit. Him a homosexual, her a bisexual, yeah that is going to do it. But Maurice  leaves her and said that he will be back. Yeah right. The flash of motivation comes when Leduc discovers Simone de Beauvoir devouring her works, writing her own biography and seeking encouragement from the woman that becomes her mentor. You see Leduc was a bastard meaning her parents weren’t married her father left her mother when she was young so she struggles  and thought because of it she will not be loved and she will not succeed at anything until she meet Simone were she pushes her to write about her life. Here is the thing Violette was ahead of her time because back then no one would write about their sexuality let along her bisexuality. She would right honestly as possible about her life. Devos and Kiberlain are excellent as they navigate towards awkward topics and situations. Violette is a vision sumptuousness amplified  by the skills of cinematographer, Yves Cape. Devos embraced the character beautifully well.

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Posted in French film

GRAND CENTRAL (2013)

A film by Rebecca Zlotowski
Cast: Tahar Rahim, Léa Seydoux, Olivier Gourmet.
Gary (Tahar Rahim) and his new friend, the pickpocket, who buy the vehicle from gypsies, get a job working at a Nuclear plant. They are hiring people with little experience and training to clean a Nuclear plant. Karole (Lea Seydoux) meets Gary and it is love at first site, but Karole has a fiancée who also works at the plant. The job is so dangerous that they live in the moment. You see people are coming from different corner of the country to work at the plant, they live at the camping site not too far from the plant. Gary at first when he came for the interview for the job is withdrawn but as the days goes by he gets comfortable with his new family. Gary and karole has their sexual encounters in the woods and then the big news she is pregnant an emotional Karole start crying when she finds out tears of joy and fear, because her fiancé is sterile on the top of that she does not want to leave him. Nice movie from Rebecca Zlotowski.

Posted in French film

L’EXERCISE DE L’ETAT (2011)

United States Title: The minister
A film by Pierre Schöller.
Cast: Olivier Gourmet, Michel Blanc, Zabou Breitman.
In a ministerial palace, full of mysterious people dressed in black accompany a naked woman in an office based in the middle of the carpet, a huge crocodile. She begins to crawl towards the open mouth of the animal, where she eventually slip in his month. Awakening fanfare for the Minister of Transport, Schöller Transport Minister Bertrand Saint-Jean is awoken in the night by his chief of staff. A bus has plunged into a ravine. He has to go, he has no choice. Thus begins the odyssey of a minister in an increasingly complex and hostile. Speed, power struggle, chaos, economic crisis … Everything connects and hits. An emergency after another. Which sacrifices are men ready? How far will they, in a state that devours those who serve?
A superb movie well writing and well acted. Olivier Gourmet’s performance is outstanding Look out for a car accident, in the middle of the film. A real brutal sequence I have never seen a sequence like that, even in a James Bond film, or an action flick, even the best ones.