Romain Duris

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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UN PETIT BOULOT (2016)

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A film by Pascal Chaumeil

Cast: Romain Duris, Michel Blanc, Alice Belaïdi

Jacques (Romain Duris) lives in a small town where all the inhabitants are laid off. The factory closed, the girlfriend gone and a multitude de debts Jacques accepts a job from the town’s local criminal, to kill his wife.Jacques gladly accept.

it is a black comedy with some hit and misses. do not get me wrong it is still good but it is missing something. The result is a film arrhythmic pace but demonstrating that Michel Blanc’s always write top-notch dialogues. Romain Duris is perfect as his habit, in his role it fits him like a glove. Here is an honest man who is desperate for a job takes on odd job here and there and is presented to start a carrer as a hit man. Yes he takes on the job not knowing what is going to happen. Plus that will pay his poker debt that he has with this known criminal. The result is an unpretentious comedy (if not entertaining), satirical and scathing. Unfortunately the director died as soon as his film was done.

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UNE NOUVELLE AMIE (2014)

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A film by François Ozon

Cast: Romain Duris, Anaïs Demoustier, Raphaël Personnaz

English title: The new girlfriend.

When Claire’s (Anais Demoustier) best friend Laura (Isild Le Besco) dies at a young age, she finds herself having to live up to her promise of looking over her widower, David (Romain Duris), and their six month old baby. However, after procrastinating because of the pain her husband tells her to see David that will do her a lot of good. When she turns up at his house she discover a shocking secret. No not that one.

François Ozon is becoming the hottest director in France , he sees to write well. This one is an adaptation form the novel The New girlfriend by Ruth Rendell. It is because of the is secret that she discover that she had a taste for life again. It is a light comedy a la Hitchcock. Certainly it is no the first time that Hitchcock’s shadow is floating above Ozon’s film. As you see the woman from her back in the house as she turn around slowly to reveal herself it has been copied in the film Psycho from Alfred Hitchcock. It is a very complex story as the film progresses you think it is going to be a thriller but not so like I said it is alight comedy/drama. It is about a man who is a window and a woman who missing and desired her best friend between them a dead woman . The montage at the beginning of the film is pure perfect and beautifully photographed . Romain Duris is outstanding in this film you have to go to the distance and it is not easy to do a role like this one. The New Girlfriend is a confident, thought-provoking and great piece of art.

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L’HOMME QUI VOULAIS VIVRE SA VIE (2010)

A film by  Eric Lartigau.
Cast: : Romain Duris, Marina Foïs, Niels Arestrup.
Paul Exben is a success story – partner in one of Paris’s most exclusive law firms, big salary, big house, glamorous wife and two sons straight out of a Gap catalog. But when he finds out that Sarah, his wife, is cheating on him with Greg Kremer, a local photographer, a rush of blood provokes Paul into a fatal error. Standing over the corpse of his wife’s lover, Paul knows that his perfect life has gone for good. But by assuming the dead man’s identity and fleeing for an isolated part of former Yugoslavia on the beautiful Adriatic coast, Paul gets another shot at being himself and, at last, seeing the big picture.

Here is a great film in an instant Exben (Romin Duris)’s life changes and he goes without thinking to much and gets a new life. But along the way some problem arise. I do not want to reveal too much of the film. Great performances from the actors that goes along with a great script.
Based on the novel from Douglas Kennedy.

POPULAIRE (2012)

A film by Régis Roinsard.
Cast: : Romain Duris, Déborah François, Bérénice Bejo.
Spring, 1958. 21-year-old Rose Pamphyle lives with her grouchy widower father who runs the village store. Engaged to the son of the local mechanic, she seems destined for the quiet, drudgery-filled life of a housewife. But that’s not the life Rose longs for. When she travels to Lisieux in Normandy, where charismatic insurance agency boss Louis Echard is advertising for a secretary, the ensuing interview is a disaster. But Rose reveals a special gift – she can type at extraordinary speed. Unwittingly, the young woman awakens the dormant sports fan in Louis. If she wants the job she’ll have to compete in a speed typing competition. Whatever sacrifices Rose must make to reach the top, Louis declares himself her trainer. He’ll turn her into the fastest girl not only in the country, but in the world! But a love of sport doesn’t always mix well with love itself .
Populaire was a pleasant surprise fresh and entertaining. The director seen some documentary about speed typing competition and so gave birth to the movie. There is Louis Échard (Romain Duris) when he first saw Rose Pamphyle (Déborah François) thought she won’t be good for him but when he heard her type like a demon, he saw potential in her, he needed her to succeed to feed his ego. He thought that she needed him but it was the other way around. Rose thought that they were more to life than just being a house wife and to have kids , she wanted to see the world and have a job that is exiting and fun. the set up is in the late 50’s and was well done by the set decorator. An entertaining romance-comedy with predictable twists and a happy ending that the viewer looks forward to and gratifies him/her fully. Fun to watch and I found it amusing.

DE BATTRE MON COEUR S’EST ARRETE (2005)

Twenty-eight-year-old Tom leads a life that might be termed as criminal. In doing so, he follows in the footsteps of his father, who made his money from dirty, and sometimes brutal, real estate deals. Tom is a pretty hard-boiled guy but also strangely considerate as far as his father is concerned. Somehow he appears to have arrived at a critical juncture in his life when a chance encounter prompts him to take up the piano and become a concert pianist, like his mother. He senses that this might be his final opportunity to take back his life. His piano teacher is a Chinese piano virtuoso who has recently come to live in France. She doesn’t speak a lick of French so music becomes the only language they have in common. Romain Duris’s sister is a pianist, and she is the one who taught him to play piano for this film. Another film by my favorite french director.