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.
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.
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.
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.
Could find the trailer in French only.
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A film by Jeanne Herry
Cast: Sandrine Kiberlain, Laurent Lafitte, Arthur
English: She adores him
Muriel Bayen,(Sandrine Kinberlain ) a divorced beautician and mother of two, loves to tell stories in oder to feel important. One thing she does not laugh and take seriously is Vincent La Croix who is a successful singer and for years she is a devoted fan going to his concert even she is there when he is a TV show. One night he knocks on her door needs her help and yes there is a but but…..
Here is a dark comedy From Herry. Here is a fan who is completely blind by this singer that she is a fan of for the last 20 years when he ask her to do something for her, she accept immediately. They go in the garage she gives him her keys to the car and tells her he will do this himself. She goes back to her apartment and waits for him to come back. When he does he tells her to go to Switzerland and see my sister after which you give her the keys to your car and this letter, she will be back in an hour and you return home. do not look in the truck it is best if you don’t he tells her. She is on her way. He calls her back and said to her how did it go? She said fine. But is it? You see if I was fan of some singer and she would come to my door and said I need your help and tell me even do not look in the truck, seriously I don’t think so that would be suspicious to me already, but to Muriel who is completely blind by him she goes for it without asking question. Here Sandrine Kiberlain shines big time she is familiar with comedy, as well as Laurent Lafitte. They both deserve each other in this film. You see the director does not show you if Muriel went in Switzerland, you assume she went. But did she really? You do not know. You know what she told Vincent. The story is simple and by the way it is a triller dark comedy never been done that way.
Sorry French trailer only.
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.
A film by Philippe Le Guay.
Cast: Fabrice Luchini, Sandrine Kiberlain, Natalia Verbeke
Paris, in the early 1960s. Jean-Louis Joubert is a serious but uptight stockbroker, married to Suzanne, a starchy class-conscious woman and father of two arrogant teenage boys, currently in a boarding school. The affluent man lives a steady yet boring life why I am nor surprise. At least until, due to some circumstances, Maria, the charming new maid at the service of Jean-Louis’ family whois replacing the one who left, makes him discover the servants’ quarter on the sixth floor of the luxury building he owns and lives in. There live a crowd of lively Spanish maids who will help Jean-Louis to open to a new civilization and a new approach of life. In their company – and more precisely in the company of beautiful Maria – Jean-Louis will gradually become another man, a better man yeah did I say the beautiful maria. I think I just got a rise got to go. This remind me back in the day that spanish people travel all the way to Paris to find a job. I had a maid from Spain back in the 70’s Who came in a couple times a week to clean my apartment. Those women where caring, fun, nice , hard working women that you will ever see. Is a matter a fact the maid that my mom hired has worked in a company that clean the banks’s offices she was the manager and made good money. she is retired now. The character of Jean-Louis is incredibly easy to like, being child-like in his enthusiasm for his new-found interest from Spain. He recognize the opportunity to change his life and he seize it . Today maybe it is hard to imagine that a rich man can show that kind of interest for people of a such different social condition you do not see that too often in real life trust me I know.Very good acting from Kiberlain as his wife. She is perfect in her attitude as snobbish rich wife who is knew at this. It is what it is a fresh movie with a new Idea and a feel good movie. by the way this is for the russian there is a DS citroen in this movie.