SPARRING (2018)

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A film by Samuel Jouy

Cast: Mathieu Kassovitz, Olivia Merilahti, Souleymane M’Baye

At over 40, Steve Landry is a boxer who has lost more fights than he has won. Before hanging up the gloves, he accepts an offer that many boxers prefer to refuse: To become sparring partner for a great champion.

Steve (Kassovitz) is a veteran boxer is at the end of his career. His record is not great: 49 matches, 13 wins, three draws and 33 losses. he is washed up 45 years of age, he has one last fight to do than he retires. He promised his wife (Olivia Merilahti) to quit at 50 fights. He hears a conversation that will make it some extra cash. He goes for it but his wife does not approve. He will be part of a trio who will be a sparring partners for a great champion who is coming back. It is dangerous plus he needs to feed his family and pay the bills because they are stranded with cash most of the time.

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Mathieu Kassovitz assumes the role of this loser boxer who loves the art form, even to become a human pushing bag. The thing is  it is not the same boxing story Jouy did his own without the cliché. Here is a man who is trying to fit in with his family and struggling at his sport. He has a regular job to get extra money. You feel for the guy. He wants his family to be proud of him. Than is his the second story his daughter who has a gift at playing the piano and he needs to buy her a piano so she can practice at home and realise her dream. Here however it is real boxing Kassovitz boxes and he took some real punches, no make up here it is his real black eye and cut on his face. Kassovitz assumes the role perfectly he boxes as well in real life. Here is a film not like the other boxing film but who explore behind the scene of this champion who is making a comeback but needs to train with his trio sparring partners. Finally a boxing film not like the other.

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UN FRANÇAIS (2015)

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A film Diastème

Cast: Alban Lenoir, Samuel Jouy, Paul Hamy

Marco Lopez (Alban Lenoir) is a skinhead. He spent times with his friends beats up on people who is not his race and put posters of the extreme right party. A time passes by his rage beginning to leave him. He gets a panic attack one day and start to think maybe it is not a good idea to keep going like he does. He finally begins to enter in to society and in the working force, nut somehow he struggle torn up between his friends who are still in the group.

Now there were a drastic reduction in showing this film in France because of the negative subject. Un Français is based on real event, it is the story of Marco the history of the far-right who clashes with punks and skins heads, in 1984 to the death of Morrocan Brahim Bouarram who was drowned in the River Seine in 1998 after a beating by a FN member All this by way of former FN leader Jean-Marie Le Pen’s presidential bid in 1988. Marco had a problem with a skinhead friend who was wanted to get in politics, later he was tired of the senseless violence and the anger turned to rage  and also on day he had a panic attack, therefore he decided to take a back seat and get out of the skinheads life. You see his journey where he struggles with it and see his old friends ending up dead or in jail. At the time when he was younger he enjoyed the rage and violence towards people but he comes with a price and Marco here saw that and does not want a part of it any more. Diastènme does not glorify the violence here or condoned it, he shows it at his purest form in a shocking and provocative way. Also showing the ties that the Nazis has with the FN party. Yeah! it is a scary thing and I think that is why some theaters has pull the film out of their theaters, they are reluctant because of the subject matter. It is worth taking a look.

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