Also: “Lamb”, “Our best years”, “the Test”, the Children of the Sun”, and “Next Door”. They were released in theaters on December 29. “The Obs,” helps you choose.
French drama by Arnaud Desplechin, with Denis Podalydès, Léa Seydoux, Emmanuelle Devos (1h45).
He was a committed follower Philip Roth. As Nathan (borrowed form the American author Nathan Zuckerman) attests, Nathan was a fan of Nathan. Arnaud Desplechin’s life revolved around “Tromperie”, text published in 1990. He takes us into the office of Philip (Denis Podalydès), Jewish American novelist exiled in London and verb fetishist, who is both the psychoanalysis office and the bedroom since every afternoon his English lover (Léa Seydoux ), trapped in a loveless marriage, comes to find her there.
They sleep there, a bit, have conversation, and break the minimal theatrical device of this camera. Thanks to Philip’s memories, phone calls, and ramblings: Philip recalls his Eastern European travels, dreamed or real women (Anouk grinberg as the wife), and ex-conquests with death (Emmanuelle devos). It is a sensual film. One can think of Truffaut and Bergman. The exceptional actresses are magnified by Yorick Le Saux’s photo.“When I found you, you were ripe. – No, I was rotting at the foot of the tree ”) gives way to more funny lines: “You are the Albert Schweitzer to the fuck.”
Arnaud desplechin, however, also broke the armor by staging the suit brought against Philip by a feminist judge. Roth was accused of vampirizing the lives of the women he rubbed shoulders with, the filmmaker of “Kings and Queen” of exploiting that of actress Marianne Denicourt (as she recounted in a book co-authored with Judith Perrignon, ” Bad genius ”) or his own family. Do we need to see in this farce scene an attempt at a response? Philip is a slugger against these accusations, all in the name of artistic liberty. In an overpowering and conjuring finale sequence, Philip rejects his offer to her as her Nausicaa and instead prefers to play the role of Homer. This is how you finally get to be your own narrator. Sophie Grassin
American drama by Paul Schrader with Oscar Isaac and Tye Sheridan (1h52).
William Tell, an ex-torturer from Abu Ghraib was a gifted card maker. A real computer, he can calculate hazards and chances. A haunted man from a past of violence, he takes a young student, the son of an executioner, under his wing. They will travel together to small casinos in suburban America. Paul Schrader, ex-screenwriter of Scorsese, steeped in Christianity, charred by the idea of redemption, tracks down sin and refers to Robert Bresson. Here, Schrader hunts two Hares simultaneously. He is balancing the love for poker and the memories of war. Although we have the impression that we are seeing two films, the portion devoted to the game is captivating. The atmosphere is unforgettable. Francois Forestier
Fantastic Icelandic drama by Valdimar Jóhannsson, with Noomi Rapace, Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Björn Hlynur, Haraldsson (1:46).
A farm in the Nordic mountains. A few breeders take over the sheep’s offspring and raise it as their own child. This one is half-beast, part-girl and soon returns to nature. Smoke, it’s Icelandic! These animals are more human-like than men. They have parents who have been grieving but are driven by survival instincts. To fully appreciate the film’s mystery, and its contemplative rhythm, it would be helpful to understand the local legends. Is it a domestic story or a transhumanist nightmare. Certain, Noomi Rapace and a filmmaker (Noomi) aren’t afraid to do anything. Nicolas Schaller
American adventure film directed by Matthew Vaughn. With Ralph Fiennes and Harris Dickinson. Gemma Arterton (2h11).
A nice success. This prequel is after two films that were very successful (“Secret Services” 2015 and “The Golden Circle” 2017. The birth of the secret agent role of Duke of Oxford is what we see just before the War of 14. His adventures will see him fight Rasputin, cross Gavrilo Princip’s path, unmask Mata Hari and oppose Kitchener (inventor the concentration camps). It’s creative, entertaining, sometimes very funny, sometimes moving, and perfectly timed. Ralph Fiennes’ James Bond Old England is a great example of an adventure story. F. F.
Italian drama comedy by Gabriele Moccino, Micaela Ramazzotti and Pierfrancesco Favino (2:15).
What was the fly that stung the director’s eye? Why make a remake of this masterpiece that is “We loved each other so much”? We follow the lives of four of our friends from their college years through their middle-age. It’s a fascinating part of recent history, as well as the disappointment of a generation.« We wanted to make the world a better place. »). The love of one person can follow another. Friendships are fleeting. While the film is a sympathetic one, Gabriele Muccino doesn’t have the grace and charm of Ettore. F. F.