UN COUTEAU DANS LE COEUR (2018)

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A film by Yann Gonzalez

Cast: Vanessa ParadisKate MoranNicolas Maury 

English title: Knife+heart

Paris, summer 1979. Anne is a producer of low-cost gay porn. When Lois, her editor and companion, leaves her, she tries to win back by shooting a more ambitious film with his long-time accomplice, the flamboyant Archibald. But one of their actors is found savagely murdered and Anne is dragged into a strange investigation that will turn her life upside down.

The film looks a lot like Dario Argento’s Suspiria and the other films that he did. The thing is here Gonzales rewrite the story where his characters are gay. The film opens with a woman Anne (Vanessa Paradis) who broke up with her lover Loïs, (Kate Moran) editor of her movies. Yes it is the big come back of Vanessa Paradis with a bold choice and for the director as well. Here is  Anne who is trying to repair the relationship with Lois the editor of all of her films is making a film about the murders and trying to solve them. Anne wants it bad enough and is desperate to go back to her lover but Lois won’t have it. The film is a change of scenery and pace with some bright colours to it. Erotic frisson mixed with sexual imagery and some weird score to got with it. Vanessa here delivers a great performance. Also the director here has asked the actor who play the killer to keep the mask at all the time on the set so no one would know who he is so it has a kind of killer ambiance. The violence is colourful and vivid. The film has a certain audacity and beauty to it,  enough to go see it but the ending does not have enough climax. What a switchblade  dildo, ho!!! boy.

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MEKOUB MY LOVE : CANTO UNO (2018)

 

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A film by Abdellatif Kechiche

Cast: Shaïn Boumedine, Ophélie Bau, Salim Kechiouche

Sète, 1994. Amin, a screenwriter based in Paris, returns a summer in his hometown, to find family and childhood friends. Accompanied by his cousin Tony and his best friend Ophélie, Amin spends his time between the Tunisian restaurant held by his parents, the neighborhood bars, and the beach frequented by girls on vacation. Fascinated by the many female figures that surround him , Amin remains in the background and contemplates these mermaids of the summer, unlike his cousin who throws himself into the intoxication of sensual bodies. But when it comes time to love, only fate – the mektoub – can decide.

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Here is the latest film of Kechiche and he lets the  sensual energy dazzle the screen and so is this new actress Ophélie Bau. It is Amin, he is good-looking and all the girls are attracted to him but he is the only one who does not sleep with them. He is in the background observing them. Unlike his cousin Tony, who taste all the pleasure of life. Amin discovers Tony and Ophélie having sex at her place and that will set the film for the viewer. Generous bodies, lightly dressed or swimsuits are magnified in the film, plus swimming at the beach having fun drinking , eating good food and plenty of sensual beautiful females having fun, talking and flirting. At least a 15 minutes to 20  minutes scenes at the club, dancing, kissing, flirting who is going to go back to their place with whom, the craziness, flirting, smoking and drinking until the morning. Who is he really, (Amin) this young man, screenwriter , passive, secretive , a little taciturn but loquacious despite everything? Well we might find out on the second film that will come out next september .

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CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (2017)

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A film by : Luca Guadagnino

Cast: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg 

Italy back in The 80’s , a romance will blossoms between a seventeen year-old student and the older man hired as his father’s research assistant aver the summer.

First love , the warm, sunny skies, gentle breezes and charming, tree-lined roads of northern Italy in the summer. what more do you want; Well two beautiful women massaging my body while I drink wine, I know I am dreaming but trust me it is going to happen soon. Just a feeling I got. Guadagnino takes us to they wonderful place where he is patient in telling you the story and you must be also as well. Not an easy thing to do I was wondering where this was going then he hit me. It’s the summer of 1983, and there’s nothing to do but read, play piano, learn about art and pick apricot and peaches and drink wine. Dam! life was so simple back then.

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17-year-old Elio (Timothee Chalamet) visiting his family’s summer home with his parents: his father (Michael Stuhlbarg), a professor of Greco-Roman culture, and his mother (Amira Casar), a translator and hostess. Elio is growing up fast he is 17 years old who  has an intellect of an adult. An American doctoral student named Oliver (Armie Hammer) arrives for the annual internship Elio’s father offers .  It seems that Oliver has everything and that Elio doesn’t ,that’s what the director want you to think. However the two are going to test even push each other though out the summer. They flirt, they try to one up each other on Literature, art and music. Elio how ever tries to romance a french girl on vacation there but thing are no going to go so well at first it is and then Olivier happens. I think Elio knew who he is but denied it to himself that is why he tried to romance this girl. The all film is shot beautifully well on location with some nice setting. There is a sweetness between the two as the story develop especially toward the end. Both actors here are well into their characters that goes double for the Franco-American actor chalamet, there is a fluidity between his languages from French, to Italian and english. A different kind of love story this time between two men. the most beautiful scene here is toward the end when Elio’s father talks to him. Even the ending  felled so perfect.

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A GHOST STORY (2017)

 

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A film by David Lowery

Cast: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, McColm Cephas Jr.

This tale of a man who dies young and comeback as a ghost to  linger around the property where he and his wife once lived is bound to be one of the most original film of the year. I did even see the trailer and did not want to know anything about this film I said to myself I am going to see this film, and you will need to see this film a second time just in case you missed something.

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The film is so charming here and has purity and theme is so simple not even too much dialog just watch and take it all in. You see this couple talking to each other at their house . everything is fine but the film goes back and forth it in time of some sort. The the inevitable happens C gets in an accident right in the front of his house and dies. M Is devastated but C wakes up in the morgue and wonders as a ghost. Until he find a path way that opens for him to get in and move on to the next life. But instead goes home and follows M. But the film  is a bit confusing jumping from one time line to another. It looks like C is trying to get answers that we all want to know but he does seems to get them either . The film is like that you are going to love it or hate it there is not in between.

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LA PROMESSE DE L’AUBE (2017)

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A film by Eric Barbier

Cast: Pierre Niney, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Didier Bourdon

English title : Promise at dawn 

From his difficult childhood in Poland to his adolescence under the sun of Nice, to his aviator’s exploits in Africa during the Second World War … Romain Gary lived an extraordinary life. But this eagerness to live a thousand lives, to become a great man and a famous writer, it is to Nina, his mother, that he owes it. It is the crazy love of this endearing and eccentric mother who will make him one of the major novelists of the twentieth century, to life full of twists, passions and mysteries. But this boundless maternal love will also be his burden for life …

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From 1920’s Poland in Mexico in the 1950s, from the airfields to the African desert, from pre-war France to London under the bombs, Eric Barbier exploits all the fantastic aspects of the life of Romain Gary to immerse ourselves into the world of Romain Gary. The beautiful chemistry of Gainsbourg and Niney works here it is like ballet it is flows trough their veins. To top it all off beautiful performance between the two. Romain’s mother eccentric and monstrous with incredible energy and strength of character adored her son to death. She wanted him to be somebody. Maybe she pushed him too hard or sometimes suffocate him by her love but she dictated his life at times a bit controlling. There are double promises here that both has to hold. Romain has seen her mother humiliated and he wants to avenge her. The cinematography and the decor are outstanding from Poland, to Africa, Nice France, and England the director has nailed it on the dot. The film offers a eulogy of will, tolerance and heroism with melancholy and humour. Did either of them hold their promises? Well you will have to see this beautiful film.

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THELMA (2017)

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A film by Joachim Trier

Cast: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen

A young student in Norway discovers falling in love which it is going to cause her seizures or maybe…..

The opening scene here in this film is a bit unnerving as you see a man and his young daughter hunting in the forest. When the father takes aim at a deer standing in the distance, the daughter is so taken by it when her father turns to point the rifle at the back of her head. Its effect spills over into the rest of the film, creating a hall of suspense.

The film jumps into the future a young woman now she is going to the University ti study biology. Soon after an other young woman sits by her then suddenly Thelma hand is shaking and birds are hitting the window which cause her to have a seizure. The doctor is trying to find out what she has. As the story goes along Thelma is drawn to an other human being that is going to put sin question her belief in god since she has been raised a christian. You sense that Thelma was raised in isolation and is just making friends which is a little weird to her at first. As she is trying to find out more about herself things are starting to happen.

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Joachim Trier wrote this coming of age story like a fable/ horror . As she fall in love her psychological situation deteriorates. The seizures get stronger, more violent. Trier keeps the film firmly in Thelma’s point of view. Something will not be clear for some people throughout the flashback or even the present scenes. Not too worry at the end it all comes together. Remembering the look on her father’s face when he hold the gun to her back of her head was just religious paranoia or he was scared of what she might become. 

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SUNTAN (2017)

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A film by Argyris Papadimitropoulos

Cast: Makis Papadimitriou, Elli Tringou, Dimi Hart

Kostis, (Makis Papadimitriou) in his forties, is engaged by the municipality as a doctor on the island of Antiparos in Greece. He spent a lonely and dreary winter. But when summer arrives, the island turns into a hedonistic resort with its naturist beaches and endless festivals.

My kind of party I have to go to Greece in the summer. Well Boris comes to the island in the winter where there is a lot of solitude and it is cold and raining, but soon the summer arrives colourful as hell plenty of beautiful women on the beach. One day a patient named Anna comes in his office to get stitches with her gang of friends .Kostis wants some of their vitality, as well as to become a member of the gang. Some sparks flies between him and Anna and soon after the two become serious friends. But Kostis wants more.

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The director has not shown the tile later in the film when summer came up tan bodies beautiful women running, Kostis , a man wearing sunscreen with high protection and hat, can hardly be protected. Temptations are many and he not experienced at all. Kostis has this new taste for life he is in the hurry to live. He is no longer the buttoned up doctor, he becomes more care free. He is in a company of young people and is trying to keep up with them, but also he is reminded by an old acquaintance back when he was a student who tells him it is not for them. Here also Anna has energy, vitality, and she stands out from the rest of the gang which attracts Kostis. You can see why and understand why kostis is attracted to her beside being a beautiful creature. This film is like a comedy / Drama  about the body  growing old sort of speak. When seeing this film make sure to wear suntan lotion 50+.

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