And also: “Compartment n ° 6”, “Many Saints of Newark”, “Burning Casablanca”, “My Son”, “Penguin & Goéland and their 500 small”. They will be in theaters on Wednesday, November 3. The Obs helps you make a decision.
French romantic comedy, by Jacques Audiard, with Lucie Zhang, Makita Samba, Noémie Merlant, Jehnny Beth (1h45).
What is the purpose of a feature film? In any case, there is movement in Jacques Audiard’s cinematography. After sometimes suffocating films of wounded virility, the director of “Dheepan” adapts, with the help of a female tandem, Céline Sciamma and Léa Mysius, three short stories by American comic book author Adrian Tomine. Paris-13, Anchored in Olympiades districte, whose ugliness he against by the choice of a magnificent black and white where a single color sequence is invited, the filmmaker signs a “feminine masculine” of the 2020s. Urban marivaudage punctuated in the electro layers composed by Rone. In this scene, the characters place sex ahead of feelings, as though to guard against attachment.
The film revolves around three polyamorous crossovers between three people aged thirty-something. Former Sciences-Po student of Chinese origin – Tamil, Corsican or Mandarin, Audiard has always loved the music of languages - and a girl of character always between two odd jobs, Emilie (Lucie Zhang) takes Camille as her roommate and then as lover ( Makita Samba), straightforward but sentimental boy. She’s bitten. Him not. Camille, named as at Musset’s, has a crush on Nora (Noémie Merlant), a clumsy and lost Bordeaux woman who her “comrades” from law school humiliate during a party by confusing her with an online sex worker, the cam- girl Amber Sweet played by Jehnny Beth, on which the student projects her desire. Emilie avoids Camille’s standup, but stuttering sibling and the elderly grandmother with Alzheimer’s.
Situations (Noémie Merlant blasting in the street at an annoying one), dialogues (“I am sexually fallenow”, “we don’t call people Plic, Ploc.”)… Jacques Audiard punctuates his film with humoristic swings. Tune in to the times: MDMA, bursts sexism and Tinder dates, connections to apps, amazing loneliness. And, as a good enemy of inbreeding at work in French cinema, invents, as in “A prophet”, new actors: facing Noémie Merlant, the electric Lucie Zhang and Makita Samba impress. There is something energizing about “The Olympics”. He captures a way to be, of searching oneself, and of moving. He opposes the disillusioned melancholy of the pursuit of sensuality and the eroticism in bodies. It is modest and claimed as such, but the gesture has the mouth. Sophie Grassin
French drama, by Xavier Beauvois, with Jérémie Renier, Marie-Julie Maille, Victor Belmondo, Iris Bry (1h55).
After “the Guardians”, return to contemporary times with this drama centered around a young gendarme, camped by the excellent Jérémie Renier. Split into three acts, the film traces his daily life in Normandy between small arrests and admonitions to idle teenagers or peasants not following the sanitary code. The film shows a world that is stricken by depression and melancholy until the day when tragedy strikes. His life is changed by his convictions, and his civic duty. He will finally find his redemption in the final section, as he tries to lose himself. It’s a pugnacious staging with a moving epilogue. Xavier Leherpeur
American fantasy film, by Chloé Zhao, with Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie (2h37).
And Chloe Zhao, Oscar and Golden Lion for “Nomadland”, made a Marvel blockbuster. For the adaptation of “Nomadland”, the New Testament of superheroic myology, such a marketing coup was essential. It focuses on a group of living gods who have been intertwined with humans and are responsible for protecting Earth. We are taken from 5000 BC to today in stunning landscapes. Zhao’s paw is the only thing visible, and the background is vaguely green. However, we would love to know the carbon footprint of filming between Spain and London. Marvel is the rest: a deluge with mind-boggling special effect, inept humor, guaranteed parity and inclusion, and a flood of mind-boggling humor for 9-year olds. It’s pompous, absurd, and endless. Nicolas Schaller
Finnish road trip, Juho Kuosmanen with Seidi Harla, Yuriy Borismov, Dinaradrukarova (1h47).
Laura, a young Finn goes on a train to the Russian North in order to see petroglyphs. Vadim is a vodka-loving shaver in his compartment. They will live together for 2,000 kilometers… The beginnings are tough. Slowly, they develop a mutual understanding and a shared love in this harsh, wintery world. The Finnish director captures behind closed doors the feelings, looks and anger of these characters. He accomplishes the impossible with the rhythm of the rail. In a very small space, he captures the essence: the soul of all beings. A little comforting film that brings joy to a world full of brutes. Francois Forestier
American drama by Alan Taylor with Vera Farmiga and Michael Gandolfini (2.03).
It’s a pleasant prequel to “The Sopranos”, provided we don’t get too excited about the promise. This film is more about Tony Soprano’s youth than it is about Dickie Moltisanti’s misdeeds. He was his mentor and father to Christopher. A fan favorite character, Dickie Moltisanti has been awkwardly made into a narrator. While some plots don’t work, a key mystery is solved and the actors are great (including Vera Farmiga, a surly matriarch). The hypnotizing part of Michael Gandolfini as the tortured mafioso played by his father, who died in 2013, is also a highlight. Amandine Schmitt