Death on the Nile, The Innocents, Les Vedettes… Films to see or avoid this week


The adaptation of Agatha Christie by Kenneth Branagh, a supernatural fable with children with disturbing powers, the satire of the ruthless universe of television games. What to see this week? Discover the cinema selection of Figaro.

Death on the Nile – To have

Police Officer by Kenneth Branagh, 2:07

A couple makes their honeymoon on the Karnak. The landscapes are idyllic, the service impeccable, but there is a catch. The groom’s ex follows them everywhere. What a treat, that one! Fortunately, she has dog since she is played by Emma Mackey. After the Eiffel Tower, the pyramids. Here is now a jazz singer and her daughter, which puts a bit of spice and topicality in this melodrama with an Egyptian sauce. The dead are piling up. The mystery remains intact. That’s reckoning without Hercule Poirot. As usual, the Belgian detective brings together the whole company (well, what’s left of it) and unfolds his conclusions. For his adaptation of Agatha Christie, British director Kenneth Branagh slightly altered the original plot. The result is a clean and comfortable film. E. NOT.

The Innocents – To have

Thriller by Eskil Vogt, 1h57

A family moves into a bar of quite ordinary buildings. The two girls, Ida and Anna, are forced to acclimatize to their new surroundings. The eldest, Anna, has regressive autism. The girls soon meet a group of children from modest families. While the parents are busy, Ben, Aïsha, Anna and Ida venture into the nearby forest. This is where the magic comes in. During the long days of this northern summer, far from the gaze of adults, the small group develops paranormal powers. Telepathically, Anna who is autistic, will finally be able to communicate with others. Children can understand each other without speaking, move small objects, move the swings, stir the grains of sand in the sandbox. As the film progresses, we realize that Anna is the most powerful of them. Dedicated to the Gérardmer festival, the Norwegian director succeeds, with The Innocents a supernatural fable featuring children with disturbing powers. OD

The stars – To have

Comedy by Jonathan Barré, 1h41

The comic duo of Palmashow puts in box the pitiless and stupid universe of televised games through the course of an exceptionally gifted figures and a fan of karaoke. Daniel (Ludig), a failed singer, pretends to work in an appliance store when he’s not locking glasses at a karaoke dinner. Covered in debt, he intends to use Stéphane (Marsais), a zealous colleague to get his head above water. Because Stéphane has an incredible talent. He knows by heart the prices of all the products and appliances in the store. This donation makes him an ideal candidate to participate in the show The price at all costs and win the ultimate “Kikoutekoi” event. Daniel leads Stéphane into the wonderful world of entertainment. Dan too will end up crossing the mirror by participating in the musical program And you sing sing, thanks to a clip and lyrics that smack of personal experience. A cynical producer in search of atypical candidates, a hypocritical and narcissistic host, behind the scenes is less rosy and the duo will learn it the hard way. The stars,tenderly crazy film, especially for its duo, funny and endearing.

State Scandal Investigation – To have

Biopic by Thierry de Peretti, 2h03

Infiltrate. That’s what he claims. This police informant says he joined a drug trafficking cartel on the orders of the Narcotics boss. We must see. In his villa in Marbella, Roschdy Zem goes from one room to another, answers the phone, gazes feverishly at the horizon. Zodiacs are approaching the coast, full throttle. The cargo is delivered on board. This story seduces a journalist from Liberation. Pio Marmaï no longer lets go of his informant. They’re not just going to make friends. The film takes us from Andalusia to Paris, via Lugano. Based on a true story, Thierry de Peretti’s film is built like a story with drawers. And confirms the great talent of Roschdy Zem. E. NOT.

Golda Maria – To have

Documentary by Patrick and Hugo Sobelman, 1h45

Patrick and his son Hugo Sobelman collected the moving memories of their grandmother and great-grandmother who survived the Holocaust. His grandmother will have taken 49 years to speak, and he 25 years to edit his documentary. In 1994, he felt that the old lady, then aged 84, was “ready to tell” , and he, ready to listen. The story spans ten hours, which Patrick Sobelman will keep for a quarter of a century. Until one day in 2020, when his wife pushes him to really immerse himself in this story. With his son, himself a director, he will de-rush the interview hours, reduce them, sometimes accompany them with archive images or subtitles for better understanding. The documentary thus obtained can be watched in one go, as Golda Maria’s life was full of tragic twists. By passing on the story of Golda, Patrick Sobelman contributes to the writing of her family history, but also that of an era. At a time when some people’s memory is failing on the tragedy of the Jewish deportations in France, this intimate documentary does a useful job. CB

For all time – To have

Drama by Ferzan Özpetek, 1h55

In Rome, Arturo and Alessandro see their couple struggling after 15 years together. While the two men flee the confrontation, a long-time friend entrusts her children to them to be able to settle health concerns. This stay, which was supposed to be temporary, drags on, confronting the couple with new responsibilities. With humor and avoiding sentimentality, Ferzan Özpetek paints a moving portrait of two men in existential crisis. ah

Disappearance – You can see

Documentary by Jean-Pierre Pozzi, 1 h 25

This is a rather fascinating political documentary on an old world, that of the PS from the 1970s to 2000. Fascinating in particular by all that it suggests to us, valid both on the right and on the left. In this film by Jean-Pierre Pozzi, we discover or rediscover a figure from the shadows, Gérard Colé, adviser to François Mitterrand before 1981 and for many years afterwards. In his living room, he recounts his memories of the great hours of the conquest of power by the left in front of the main actor of the documentary, the author and designer Mathieu Sapin, an excellent sketcher of the fortunes and misfortunes of the left for years. In this political documentary, those who lived the great hours of the PS recount their memories. And lament the state of the party. S.de.R.

Bulado – You can see

Drama by Eché Janga, 1h26

On the island of Curaçao, Kenza skips school to ride a bike and kill iguanas. After losing her mother, the teenager grows up surrounded only by male presence, her father Ouira and her grandfather Weljo. While grieving, Kenza tries to find her place between these two men who are completely opposed. Through this drama, Dutch director Eché Janga depicts the tension between Western and Afro-Caribbean culture. A spiritual quest all in delicacy, for which we regret a certain length. ah

moonfall – To avoid

Drama by Roland Emmerich, 2 hours

The Earth is threatened by the Moon coming out of its orbit. The film tells of his rescue by a trio of astronauts. A joyous mix between 2012 and Independence Day with a zest of Space Cowboys and a pinch of Armageddon, this preposterous barnum looks like a puppet show. The apocalyptic film specialist Roland Emmerich has a field day in anything. Only children have fun. OD

Marry Me– To avoid

Romantic comedy by Kat Coiro, 1:52

The only advantage of this telephone romance between a pop star and a math teacher is to highlight the irreproachable plastic of “J.Lo”, who, at 52, wants to look 35… Owen Wilson plays the utilities in minor mode. Pity. OD

You only want me– To avoid

Drama by Claire Simon, 1 h 35

A journalist comes to interview Yann Andréa, Duras’ companion, in their house in Neauphle-le-Château. A tape recorder spins on the table. The banalities are linked together in a fairly learned tone. Swann Arlaud gets away with it as best he can. Emmanuelle Devos does nothing. Duras stays on the ground floor. She is quite right. E. NOT.

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