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.
A must see
Call Me By Your Name, neither simplistic nor sentimental
Italy, 1983. Like every summer, archeology professor Perlman (Michael Stuhlbarg, who inherits a memorable paternal monologue) invites a student to refine his thesis in his villa in Lombardy. The lucky winner is Oliver (Armie Hammer, The Social Network). His arrival irritates the family’s son, Elio (Timothée Chalamet), a precocious teenager. Not only does this piano genius have to cede his room to “the usurperBut the American student, self-assured and nonchalant, turns out to be as warm as he is dismissive. Eager to impress this host who blows hot and cold, Elio lets himself be overcome by a disturbance that his complicity with his French friend Marzia (Esther Garrel, the daughter of the French filmmaker) does not dispel. Between long meals and afternoons by the pool, Elio and Oliver engage in a dance that does not say its name. Neither simplistic nor sentimental, Call Me by Your Name goes beyond the framework of the homosexual story to evoke in a moving way the mystery of love and the urgency of living.
Available from March 4 on Netflix
Super 8, when Abrams does (well) Spielberg
It’s the story of a bunch of kids who spend their summer shooting a Super 8 zombie movie with daddy’s camera. We are in 1979 in a small village in Ohio. As our “Spielberg apprentices” shoot a poignant farewell sequence in a disused station, they witness an incredible train disaster. In the confusion, the camera fell from the tripod, but the camera continued to film… a totally incredible sequence. Suddenly, what is on that piece of Super 8 film becomes very dangerous, and at the same time very exciting. The next day, strange phenomena begin to occur in the city before the American army finally disembarks. Nine years after its release, the Super 8 by JJ Abrams hasn’t aged a bit. He always sees himself again with pleasure and has even improved over the years. In this spectacular and family entertainment, the director of Star wars vii affirms his desire to make above all a film that takes you back in time, to an era that everyone can remember with a little fondness. In many ways Super 8 refers to 1980s teenage comedies such as The Goonies by Richard Donner or the Stand by Me by Rob Reiner. The film features scamps eager to experience their own adventure. Since The Five Club Enid Blyton, we did not do better in terms of romantic promise. Abrams simply adds this desire he had to be able to talk about first love, this desire to capture the first adolescent emotions.
Available on Canal + VOD
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Perfectly, love according to Malick
At first, Marina (Olga Kurylenko) comes there with Neil (Ben Affleck), an American she met in Paris. For her, it’s a rebirth. Abandoned ten years ago by the father of her little daughter, Tatiana, she rediscovers the happiness of loving and being loved. Marina and Tatiana go to live with Neil in the Midwest. After the lights and the Parisian rains, fleetingly but superbly filmed, the vast American plains, where Neil detects traces of pollution. Between doing “just a little way togetherAnd start a new family, their relationship falters. “I want to be a wife», Says Marina. But Neil fails to truly engage. Malick often films him silent, fleeing, almost from behind, in profile. “You called her your daughterMarina’s voiceover whispered crossing a shot of Neil and Tatiana in the car. And this imperfect gives the scene a nostalgic distance. They will marry, however. Their union will experience misunderstandings, ruptures, returns, betrayals, pardons, all the tribulations of human love which tires but persists.
Available with the collection Terrence Malik on Amazon Prime
Allen vs Farrow, a chilling documentary
The unpublished American documentary series collects the damning testimonies of the daughter and the ex-girlfriend of Woody Allen. In the summer of 1994, Mia Farrow accused Allen, with whom she had been in a relationship for twelve years without living under the same roof, of having abused their daughter Dylan, 7, in their home in Connecticut. The mother even filmed the child’s testimony. The video leaves a feeling of unease. If what we hear is true, it is horrible. If everything is invented, it is even worse. Allen and Farrow were in the throes of separation. The actress had unmistakably discovered Soon-Yi Polaroids, “more Hustler than Playboy ”. The documentary Allen vs Farrow, the first two of which are broadcast on OCS on demand, and the last two on March 8 and 15, give voice to the only Farrow clan. Warned at the last moment, Allen and Soon-Yi refused to answer. We are only entitled to extracts from the director’s autobiography in voice-over. A very curious process.
Available on OCS
Gainsbourg, Heroic Life, a tribute by Joan Sfar
With this biopic released in 2010, comic book author Joann Sfar (The Rabbi’s Cat) pays a vibrant tribute to Gainsbourg. He traces the route “ heroic From Lucien Ginsburg, from the little Jewish boy in occupied Paris to the shy poet who would become the talented and avant-garde artist we know. Since his death, which occurred thirty years ago, on March 2, 1991, Serge Gainsbourg has continued to inspire many artists. Many claim loud and clear the influence of the Cabbage-Headed Man. Realizing Gainsbourg (Heroic Life) (2010), Joann Sfar signs everything except a traditional biography. It stages a sort of dreamlike tale in which the great Serge splits up to live a fantasized existence. Sparkling, serious and playful at the same time, poetic too, this personal vision of the artist’s life is a great success carried by a high-level cast. To bring the father of Javanese, the director calls on Eric Elmosnino. This great skateboarder (awarded a Molière in 2002 for Léonce and Léna) delivers a breathtaking performance of authenticity.
Available on Netflix