More than 450 films on hold and a big traffic jam in theaters. The scenario, so dreaded by film professionals, has come true. In the absence of agreement on a “white week” which would give priority to films whose career was abruptly interrupted on October 30, 2020, the releases are done in dispersed order and each week will bring its share of novelties, some of which are eagerly awaited, such as Nomadland by Chloé Zhao or The Father by Florian Zeller, who triumphed at the Oscars.
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Good news for moviegoers, who will be able to have fun and make their loyalty card profitable, but a concern for distributors, who fear that their films will find it difficult to find a place in this great melee before the Festival. of Cannes. Waiting, The cross suggests that you keep a cool head and start with a few catch-up sessions.
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♦ Goodbye idiots
by Albert Dupontel
French film, 1 h 27
With more than 700,000 admissions in a single week and seven Césars, including those for Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, Albert Dupontel’s latest film (Photo) hardly needs publicity. His quirky and often squeaky universe is tinged here with poetry and despair with the improbable meeting between a computer scientist in full burn-out (played by himself) and a hairdresser condemned by an incurable disease (Virginie Efira) in search of the child who was taken from him at birth. A duo full of humanity in a society that lacks it, an urban universe with Brazil, amazing supporting roles: a film not to be missed despite the darkness of its subject.
“READ THE REVIEW:” Goodbye idiots “, the sensitive and desperate world of Albert Dupontel
French film, 1 h 30
The director’s skin-deep emotion is once again at the rendezvous with this beautiful film, not always very successful but overwhelming, on mourning, transmission and the search for identity. A very personal work in which the character of Snow, Maïwenn’s cinematographic double, sinks into depression after the death of her adored grandfather, Emir, and rebuilds herself thanks to a search for her origins which will lead her to Algeria. A film both intimate and choral, served by an admirable troupe of actors including Fanny Ardant, Louis Garrel and Dylan Robert, who makes us oscillate between laughter and tears.
“READ THE REVIEW:” DNA “, a moving quest for origins
by Thomas Vinterberg
Danish movie, 1 h 56
Are you happier with a little alcohol in your blood? This is the funny theory developed by a Norwegian psychiatrist, which will lead a bunch of teacher buddies in the midst of a midlife crisis in one of those stupid bets that can only end badly. (Photo). The answer given by Danish director Thomas Vinterberg, in a magnificent final scene full of ambiguity, makes all the salt of this brilliant film carried by a hair-raising Mads Mikkelsen. Since its release, Drunk has collected all the laurels, including the César and the Oscar for best foreign film. To consume without moderation.
“READ THE REVIEW:” Drunk “, by Thomas Vinterberg, in vino veritas?
♦ Under the stars of Paris
by Claus Drexel
French film, 1 h 26
The director, who had moved us with At the edge of the world, a very beautiful documentary on the homeless in the capital, was inspired by one of the characters in her film, Christine, to build this pretty street tale around Catherine Frot. The transformed actress plays a tramp worn out by misery and loneliness, who will regain her humanity by helping an 8-year-old exile, Suli, to find his mother threatened with deportation. But the filmmaker, for whom there was no question of “Fictional” reality, takes us elsewhere and creates a disconcerting universe where social reality is tinged with poetry and dreamlike to touch us to the heart.
“READ THE REVIEW:” Under the stars of Paris “, tale of the street in winter
Franco-Hispano-Belgian animated film, 1 h 14
Packed with prizes, including the César for best animated film, the first feature film by cartoonist Aurélien Froment, known as Aurel, was able to find the right lines to move 170,000 spectators last October. It must be said that the film is very topical. Released in the midst of the terrorist attacks Charlie hebdo, Josep brings to life the Catalan cartoonist Josep Bartoli, who sketched in his notebooks the tragic episode of the Retirada, exodus in France of 450,000 Spanish Republicans fleeing Francoism in 1939. Work on memory and its transmission, this “drawn film”, deliberately little animated, is also a formidable tribute to the effectiveness of the artist’s line, to his ability to say everything in a few strokes of a pencil and on a single page, and to his inextinguishable desire to bear witness, to denounce and not to forget.
“READ THE REVIEW:” Josep “, an animated film against the forgetting of the Spanish exiles