Birdman, The Shape of Water, The Ideal Culprit… Online movies to watch, or not, this week


During the health crisis and the closing of cinemas, the editorial staff Figaro offers you every Wednesday a selection of new products available on streaming platforms or on VOD.

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Birdman, or how to distinguish reality and fiction

There are many hallways, in Birdman . The camera borrows them in all directions. She follows the characters, precedes them, with an astounding fluidity. The movie looks like it was made in one take. It is a decoy. The virtuosity of Inarritu is nothing new. We hardly leave behind the scenes of a New York theater. Once upon a time, Riggan Thomson was a superstar. Remember, Birdman, it was him. This superhero had his cohort of fans. For him, the franchise was not a human quality, but what allowed to shoot several films in the same vein. Before # 4, he said stop. Maybe it was a mistake. The public did not follow. There is only one solution to restore its image: adapt Raymond Carver to Broadway. Thomson wants to come back through the front door. The gap is wide, between blockbusters and the most Chekhovian of American authors. The star on the decline launches there with passion.

Available from March 26 on Amazon Prime

What if it was The ideal culprit ?

In Sweden, Sture Bergwall is known to be a sadistic and cannibalistic serial killer. To the point of being called a Swedish Hannibal Lecter. Between 1994 and 2001, the man who also called himself Thomas Quick was convicted of the murders of eight people. But it was his confession concerning twenty-five other victims, found in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland, that made him a celebrity. In 2008, when Scandinavia’s most feared murderer was interned in a psychiatric hospital, a journalist decided to reexamine these cases, one after the other. Is Bergwall really the author of these bloodthirsty crimes? Based on a true story, the film, released in 2020 and directed by Mikael Håfström, tells the biggest legal scandal in the history of the region.

Available on MyCanal

The Shape of Water, an enchanting tale

That night, we bring a sort of armored aquarium on wheels to the center. Enter the Ghost: inside, a sea monster, half-man, half-fish, that the American soldiers have just captured, and that is installed in an underground swimming pool. This is a take that intrigues and worries. We are in 1962, in the middle of the cold war. The Soviets are also very interested in the mysterious creature. But no one is as captivated as Elisa. She hears his moans, his inability to communicate, recognizes there the echo of his loneliness. Slowly, she tames it, feeds her, makes her listen to the musical tunes she loves. And decides, with the help of Zelda, to organize his escape. All this amid military protocols, scientists and secret agents. This strange film, signed Guillermo Del Toro, takes in turn all the forms of Hollywood spectacle. We go with an astonishing fluidity from the fantastic B series to the musical, from science fiction to social drama, from detective adventure to satirical spy film and great amorous melodrama. The characters of soldiers or spies are caricatures of pulp magazines, but Elisa and her neighbor and accomplice come from wonderful tales, the monster with its turquoise and golden glitter looks like a nautical ballet star. But of these disparate elements, melted in underwater lighting of emerald and topaz, the filmmaker creates a sum of entertainment and dreams of unprecedented lyrical charm.

Available from March 26 on Disney +

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Crumpled lives, the successful Turkish melodrama

This little film, launched without promotion on Netflix on March 12, presents the viewer with the hidden side of Istanbul, a city renowned for its beauty and its heterogeneous character, where poverty is wreaking havoc. In this new court of miracles, lost children survive, grow up, work like little adults, still cradled in hopes but with disillusioned eyes. They are alone, live off what others throw away, make their own world. Mutual support structures their daily lives. Mehmet, in particular, a young man in his thirties, offers them the opportunity to exist. He takes care of a recycling center and lives in an abandoned house. With him, children push carts and sort everything that can be collected from the streets of the city. Nothing very lucrative, but enough business to live on. As a small, meticulous business manager, “Brother Mehmet” keeps the accounts but always sees to a fair redistribution between his associates of all ages. But, one day, Mehmet discovers a little boy hidden in a bag… And the rest is unspeakable as it is surprising. So much so that the film climbed into the top 10 of the platform. A deserved success.

Available on Netflix

Varsity Blues: the college admissions scandal

This feature film, somewhere between documentary and fiction, traces the montage of a resounding fraud in the United States: that of university admissions. The scandal, which involved a number of celebrities, notably resulted in the conviction of Felicity Huffman – Desperate Housewives – to fourteen days in prison in 2019. But, beyond the names of stars, the film focuses on Rick Singer, the mastermind of this gigantic scam. Chris Smith and Jon Karmen, directors of, among others, FYRE: The best festival that ever took place, took a closer look at Singer’s methods and how he convinced wealthy clients to cheat the system. The result, mixing interviews and conversations between Rick Singer and his clients, is largely based on the eavesdropping made by the FBI during the investigation.

Available on Netflix

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