MON BÉBÉ (2019)

A film by  Lisa Azuelos

Cast:  Sandrine Kiberlain, Thaïs Alessandrin, Victor Belmondo

English title : Sweetheart

Heloise is the mother of three children. Jade, her “youngest daughter”, has just turned eighteen and will soon be leaving the nest to continue his studies in Canada. Jade’s departure approaches, and in the stress that this represents, Heloise remembers their shared memories, those of a tender and fusional mother-daughter relationship, and anticipates this departure by playing the apprentice filmmakers with her IPhone, so she has memories to look back to when Jade is gone …

Nearly three years after “Dalida”, more than ten years after “LOL “, the director Lisa Azuelos returns with Mon Bébé going back to the family theme that she does so well especially the mother daughter relationship. It is filmed with ease and grace and I so love that. Extremely well writing, entertaining, well casting need I say more. Ok I will say more first Sandrine Kiberlain delivers the role beautifully well has great chemistry with Thaī Alessandrin who is a new comer I think and to top it all off Victor Belmondo the grandson of Jean-Paul Belmondo is in this film. A bit of a autobiographie in there somewhere like her film LOL. The director here admitted that she was faced with the departure of her own daughter who like in the film has decided to study in Canada. So she decided to write it finally but under a form of fiction. It is an emotional film but not too emotional with some moments of pure beauty. We know that the last child that is going to leave it is going to be difficult for the mother to let her go. It is hard for a mother to let go her child into to the world the mother wants always to protect her child don’t matter what. Azuelos avoid the clichés here and what a terrific film she directed. You will have a good time guaranteed.

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PUPILLE (2018)

A film by  Jeanne Herry

Cast:  Sandrine Kiberlain, Gilles Lellouche, Élodie Bouchez 

Theo is hand over for adoption by his biological mother on the day of his birth. It’s a birth under X. The mother Has two months to reconsider her decision … or not. Child welfare and adoption services are going to work. Someone will take care of the infant until they find someone to adopt Théo. The others must find the one who will become his adopting mother. Her name is Alice and she’s been fighting for adopting a child for ten years. PUPILLE is the story of the meeting between Alice, 41, and Théo, three months old.

Pupille is name for an orphan who is a minor. After the very successful Elle L’adore, Jeanne Herry turns to this sensitive subject rarely done or talk about in the cinema adoption, and here is a film that will take you from start to finish in the adoption process. It is a fictional story but very near real life. And so the adventure begin from the day where the mother gives birth to the social services, the nurses that takes care of the infant and finally the adoption. Herry here has done a beautiful choreography with this story, directing it with harmony. You will see how it is important to talk to the newborn to tell them what is going on even if they don’t understand. A man will take care of that in this story. Not too many men do this job to begin with but the world is changing nowadays. He will take care of the newborn until he gets adopted. Meanwhile the others social workers will try to find a mother suitable for Théo. Here Herry has wrote this perfect film as well as directing it. To top it all off the casting is excellent. Here is a beautiful film that cannot be missed.

FLEUVE NOIR (2018)

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A film by Erick Zonca

Cast: Vincent CasselRomain DurisSandrine Kiberlain 

English title: Black Tide

The family Arnault, Dany, the eldest son, disappears. François Visconti, police commander used by his job and drown in a bottle of whiskey , is in charge of the case. The man tries to find the teenager while reluctant to take care of his own son, Denis, sixteen, who seems involved in drug trafficking. Yan Bellaile, private teacher of Dany, learns the disappearance of his former student and offers his services to the commander. He is very interested in the investigation. Too interested it seems …

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You want a film noir you got one a very Neo noir, a dark story. Vincent Cassel replaces Gérard Depardieu who was scheduled at the very beginning of the shooting he had to go to the hospital and was not available. As Vincent said in and interview that he was shown the script because Depardieu can’t make it , Vincent liked the script and told the director he wanted to meet him, he takes the plane meets him want Zonca says to him we start shooting tomorrow. Ok then. Here is a great cast and Vincent Cassel delivers the role however his character has many demons. He is used by the job and drinks a little too much. He also does not know how to love his son who is getting in trouble with drugs. In the mean time he meets the  creepy neighbour who is also the private tutor of Dany where François thinks there is more there. The story here goes into deep mode noir and will reveal secrets. The story focuses on the cat-and-mouse game between Visconti and Bellaile which it is going tot be complicated and weirder at times. Duris here delivers an outstanding performance. However it is missing something in the story to me it does not feel right but I still like this film.

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QUAND ON AS 17 ANS (2016)

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A film by André Téchiné

Cast: Sandrine Kiberlain, Kacey Mottet Klein, Corentin Fila

English title : Being 17

Taking place over three trimesters,  Quand on as 17 ans tells the story of two schoolboys Damien (Kacey Mottet Klein) and Thomas (Alexis Loret), but also of a birth the unexpected  pregnancy of Thomas’ adoptive mother.

Here is a touching story of 2 adolescents who are trying to find themselves and are a little scared of what they are going to become. In the middle of it all Thomas adoptive mother is pregnant. the 2 stories will collide with each other because Damien’s mother is an doctor. Téchiné’s film beautifully captures the ecstasy , the agony  and the frustration of adolescence. The two young actors here are intense with an exceptional acting to go with it. Téchiné’ has a talent for creating intrigue and ambiance. The actors does not make a false moves, they are dead on. The backdrop of the Pyrenees is breath taking and it is the dead of winter. The thing is here is two adolescent who are a liitle confused and scared of what their feeling are. They are trying to make it sense of it all. Sandrine Kiberlain is perfect for the role of the mother and her acting is superb, she plays it on the tender side. It is the best film here for André Téchiné who is getting better and better. Do not miss this one.

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FLORIDE (2015)

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A film by Philippe Le Guay

Cast: Jean Rochefort, Sandrine Kiberlain, Laurent Lucas

Claude Lherminier (Jean Rochefort) used to own his own factory because one day he suffered some memory loss and some confusion started to set in so his daughter took over the company. Claude suffers Alzheimer. He has someone who is looking after him. He is charming, funny, but can be difficult. His daughter is doing his best to make him as comfortable as possible.

Here is a light-hearted story about a man who has Alzheimer, he is 81 years old. The story here is treated gently with humor. He remembers bits and pieces of his childhood that comes back to haunt him. We are passing from comedy to drama in no time here after all Alzheimer is not fun at all it is hell for someone who has it. Not remembering what day it is hell enough for every one.  Le Gauay here has well-balanced the comedy and the drama with some flashback we see and understand the traumas that haunted Claude.  Jean Rochefort which I love here has come out of retirement (he has been for 2 years now) to do this film. Is a matter of fact he leaves in Paris my mom sees him all the time he is very charming in really life, funny and wears clothes with bright colors. well my mom also has talk to him from time to time. Sandrine here is on top of her game is a matter of fact Sandrine and Jean are on the top of their game here, they are perfect for each other. a gentile comedy that will touch you heard. I hate to say this but in France after a film I go to bar so after this film it is best to get a glass of red wine preferably a Bordeaux.

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COMME UN AVION (2015)

A film by Bruno Podalydès

Cast: Bruno Podalydès, Sandrine Kiberlain, Agnès Jaoui

English title: The sweet Escape.

Trapped at his surprised birthday organized by his brother and wife Michel (Bruno Podalydés) has a hard time to show his enthusiasm when he receives 3 hour of flying lessons. He has this passion for planes ever since he was a kid. A gift that should make him smile and jump up and down but unfortunately  not enough to get him out of his melancholy. One day on his computer his see a kayak suddenly a light went on and now wants to kayak down the river until he reaches the sea.

Michel who is going to take a trip along kayaking down the river finds out that being along and kayaking is not what it’s cracked up to be. The first day of hard day of rowing (if you want to call it that) Michel stumble in a bed and breakfast. He finds himself in a charming place where there is some strange characters and some how after leaving in the morning find he is way back to the bed and breakfast. Here is an original comedy writing and directed by Bruno Podalydés that is natural and original that feels like it is a Wes Anderson film. it is a different kind of road film here , it is going down river instead , with beautiful scenery at that after all it was filmed in  France. Here it is I think to me anyway that Michel wants to be along on his trip after all his kids are out of the house and Michel does feel a middle age crisis coming on. The colorful characters comes in and out of the pictures here and are a little eccentric. Here is a dark subject treated a la light comedy with a weird ending.

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UN HÉRO TRÈS DISCRET (1996)

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A film by Jacques Audiard

Cast: Mathieu Kassovitz, Anouk Grinberg, Sandrine Kiberlain

 

Albert Dehousse (Mathieu Kassovitz) is schooled in deception since he was born. From his mother he learns that his father was a hero in the first war. From nasty local kid Albert learns the real story, that his father was a drunk who died of liver failure, and his mother made the whole thing up. Albert is a daydreamer he tell a girl that he is a novelist he even reads romance novels. She even marries him, but her family  mistrusts him that it is only after the war that he discovers they were in the Resistance, and sheltered Allied pilots who were shot down. Albert spends the war as a salesman, having evaded the draft. He leaves his wife and travels to Paris were he is penniless he meets the Captain (Albert Dupontel), a Resistance parachutist who assumed so many fake identities during the war that he perhaps lost touch with himself and identified only with his deceptions. he tell Albert to invent a new past. Albert does this easily he can guess what other people wants insert himself in news footage by just being there and talking to someone. He has a gift on finding someone who can tutor him in deception. He even infiltrate the resistance and they trust him with their lives. You see there are people like him and I knew of one who used to tell stories all the time sometimes you didn’t even know if he was telling the truth or lying, he was inventing store so much that he really believe that he lived them. Even when the guy i used to know was telling stories about Vietnam and what he did over there sometime you were wondering if it was true or pure fiction. I do not know what happen to him we kind of lost touch. Yeah I once knew a guy like Albert. Great film by Audiard and he won a caesar for best screenplay for this film at the Cannes film Festival. Nice going dude by the way an other film soon please.

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Could find the trailer in French only. 

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