And also: “A crazy life”, “Between two trains”, “The Goddess of fire flies” and “Walking on water”. They will be in theaters on Wednesday, November 10th. “The Obs,” helps you make your choice.
Franco-Belgian-Canadian dramatic comedy, by Valérie Lemercier, with Valérie Lemercier, Sylvain Marcel, Danielle Fichaud, Jean-Noël Brouté (2h06).
The woman lies beneath all the glitter. It took Valérie Lemercier to free herself from her comic nature and go through the kitsch of a popular diva’s life to sign her most personal film. This film is the least funny, but it’s also the most moving. Through this fake biopic inspired by the real Celine Dion, Valérie Lemercier celebrates the ordinary singer with the spectacular voice as much as she tells herself as a country girl magnetized by the limelight. With the difference that Céline, she found the man of her life and her success in René (renamed here Guy-Claude), twenty-six years her senior. In this extraordinary couple that she lovingly films (and this hiatus between Céline and herself), Lemercier finds the extra soul of this funny feature film, where she plays Aline from childhood! Her 7-year-old self, her main hobby since her sketches and “Fan School” with the Dummies, is a little strange. She quickly finds a new interest in concert scenes that are purely for her pleasure as an actress, vocally dubbed to her by Victoria Sio, to pastiche her role as her model. To do the show.
The heart of “Aline” is elsewhere, in its intimate sequences and its hollow moments: the “three-way couple” formed by Aline with her hyper-protective mother and Guy-Claude (fabulous Danielle Fichaud and Sylvain Marcel ), the relationship with her make-up artist (the all too rare Jean-Noël Brouté), the short escape in the streets of Las Vegas (where Aline is taken for her double), the daily life in isolation and the solitude of the celebrity. Finally, after several failed comedies (“Marie-Francine”, “One hundred percent cashmere”), Lemercier’s gently teasing portraitist gaze unfolds there, between a first degree of photo-novel and detail-oriented humor à la Sempé. . Lemercier draws to the end. Let’s recognize this little miracle that is very similar to Alex Lutz in “Guy”, to shine light beyond the outdated, and without any irony the (dis-)illusionments of life as an ‘artist. No need to love Celine Dion to appreciate Aline Dieu, who, when she sings “Ordinaire”, by Robert Charlebois (readapted for her), speaks for Valérie: “I’m a very ordinary girl / Sometimes I don’t feel like doing anything / I would make music over a drink / With my mother, my sisters, my brothers / But I have to think about my career / I am a popular singer ». Nicolas Schaller
Nanni Moretti’s Italian drama with Margherita Buy and Riccardo Scamarcio (1:59).
Cannes festival-goers shunned Moretti under the pretext that Moretti was not doing this film anymore. We like to see filmmakers who are willing to go beyond their comfort zones. By adapting “Three floors”, the novel by the Israeli Eshkol Nevo (Gallimard), the director of “Diary” brings together in the same building, which he moves from Tel Aviv to Rome, violence, fear, delusions of our society. A teenage accuses her father of having raped him. An old man is accused of abusing his 7-year-old girl. A young woman who cannot bear the responsibility of motherhood, and whose husband is away for work, becomes a victim to an inflexible judge played by Nanni Muretti. There are many dramas at the same address. But is it really more dark times? “Tre piani” is a powerful interpretation of a pugnacious realization combined with a constant rhythm that shows one what one does not want and which is not beautiful. Moretti even managed film the Invisible Redemption. Jerome Garcin
French drama, by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar, with Noémie Merlant, Soko, Vincent Dedienne (1h48).
Because his partner, Aude (Soko), cannot have children, Benjamin, a trans man (Noémie Merlant), pauses his treatment to carry their baby. “Les Héritiers” in 2015, “The sky can wait” in 2016 as well as a participation in the excellent Arte series “H24” on attacks against women: Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar persists in a societal vein without be afraid to take hold of subjects that some say are divisive. His strength? She is adept at avoiding the thesis film, preferring a romantic form that does not exclude the militant fiber. Based on a true story, “A Good Man” is not an educational film about transgender people. It is a beautiful story about love and combat, with unfailing emotions and great writing. Engaged, moving. Xavier Leherpeur
Belgian dramatic comedy, by Ann Sirot and Raphaël Balboni, with Jo Deseure, Jean Le Peltier, Lucie Debay (1h27).
Noémie and Alex want to have a baby, while Suzanne, Alex’s mother, sinks into Alzheimer’s. She is the one who, at 66, becomes the child. This creates great discord between the couple with their whims and crazy. It’s charming, funny, and Jo Deseure is a great actress playing the role of crazy senior citizen. It’s not great cinema but it has a lot of heart. Francois Forestier
Canadian drama, by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, with Kelly Depeault, Caroline Neron, Normand d’Amour (1h45).
From a novel by Geneviève Pettersen, the drift of a teenage girl in the 1990s, in a small town in Quebec. She is abandoned by her parents and left to her fate. A group of punk children adopt her, introducing her to mescaline and then coke. Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette (“Inch’Allah”) sensitively captures the rebellion and uncertainties of puberty, but also the unconsciousness that throws these lost children into a worrying, even tragic future. The feeling of déjà vu is strong, but the strength of the film is its frankness, its truth. Kelly Depeault, the young actress carries the entire story with remarkable nerve. F. F.
Clint Eastwood’s American drama with Clint Eastwood and Daniel V. Graulau. Dwight Yoakam (1h44).