The King’s Man – First Mission, Belle, Deception… The films to see or avoid this week

A breathtaking spy thriller with cartoony violence, a fable about the digital world, a virtuoso adaptation by Philip Roth. What to see this week? Discover the cinema selection of Figaro.

Deception – To have

Drama by Arnaud Desplechin, 1h45

Obviously, Arnaud Desplechin is a fan of extreme sports. Already, adapting Philip Roth is a challenge. Tackling his most twisted novel is a puzzle. The director gets away with the honors of war. The hero is called Philip. He’s a writer. Regularly, in the studio which serves as his office, he finds his mistress, also married. There is a steamy love scene. The rest of the time, they talk. The ensemble, quite virtuoso, is constructed in twelve chapters. There is something literary, theatrical, in these verbal jousts, these double-edged sentences. Léa Seydoux takes the lion’s share. She is teasing, with an unusual sensuality. There was a book. There is now the film. Roth-Desplechin: everywhere. IN

The Card Counter – To have

Thriller by Paul Schrader, 1h52

The world is a green carpet. William goes from casino to casino. He hardly ever sees the light of day. His life is spent at gaming tables, under pale neon lights, in front of piles of tokens of varying sizes. We recognize here the signature of Paul Schrader, beings at the end of their rope in search of redemption. It’s as if Bresson had met Peckinpah, even if this time the violence is still out of the picture. The Card Counter is tense, controlled, pessimistic. There will be blood. Hope will be there, however. The last sequence squarely quotes the conclusion ofAmerican gigolo . The stakes are not over. IN

The King’s Man – First Mission – To have

Matthew Vaughn’s action film, 2:11

Ralph Fiennes as an action movie star? There was only Matthew Vaughn to think about it. From the Boer War to the First World War, the intrigue of this breathtaking spy thriller with cartoony violence pits an impeccable Ralph Fiennes of rascal elegance against villains more terrible than each other. We will salute the performance of Rhys Ifans, incredible in Rasputin, which reserves an action sequence choreographed like Russian ballet which will leave the spectator in admiration. OD

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Our best years – To have

dramatic comedy by Gabriele Muccino, 2h15

They were 16 in 1982. There were demonstrations and we danced to disco hits. The years have passed. Giulio became a lawyer. Paolo ended up getting a job as a humanities teacher. Poor Riccardo keeps trying to get his movie reviews into magazines and still talks about writing a novel. As for Gemma, she disappeared, reappeared, lived with each other, a whirlwind of charm and energy. When they meet again, they drink “To the things that make you happy”. Our best years is part of. We cross paths. We get lost. This is life, what. She bursts out on the screen, in a communicative good mood, a quality nostalgia, with a modesty of tone that forces sympathy. Salute ! IN

Children of the Sun – To have

Drama by Majid Majidi, 1h39

Ali and his three friends, 12 years old for the biggest, love cars and racing. An old man with gaunt arms, playfully embodied by Ali Nassirian, offers them a “Big blow”. A treasure buried under a school. There will be twists and turns. It should come as no surprise that Iranian director Majid Majidi is an admirer of Truffaut. In Children of the Sun, the filmmaker therefore highlights the fate of street kids, without superfluous speech or miserability. Serious social problem in Iran, they are more than 1.7 million to live from day to day of odd jobs, often subjected to drugs and violence. Will all these kids even know that a movie tells their story? BP

Lamb – You can see

Drama by Valdimar Jóhannsson, 1h46

Everything is good in the sheep. Icelanders can’t do without it, and neither can Icelandic filmmakers. We understand it from the vision of Lamb, powerful debut film by Valdimar Johannsson. His breeding couple, Maria and Ingvar, live in the same isolation and the same landscape. When a sheep gives birth to a strange lamb, their life lights up. Lamb is inspired by several Icelandic folk tales. It nevertheless says something deeply universal and contemporary. On the desire for a child – Noomi Rapace, the Lisbeth Salander of the trilogy Millennium , plays a mother at all costs with crazy intensity. On the place of man in nature and his cohabitation with the animal kingdom. The Icelandic sheep have little to envy the snow leopard of the Tibetan highlands. If he is gregarious and banal, he exercises here a fascination similar to that of the rare and solitary feline. ES

Beautiful – You can see

Animation film by Mamoru Hosoda, 2h02

Suzu (Louane), a self-conscious Japanese teenager, takes refuge in the world of a virtual reality application. With her avatar, Belle, a diva saturated with rose, the young woman discovers an unsuspected talent for singing and worldwide popularity. Behind the syrupy remake of The beauty and the Beast, Mamoru Hosoda (The Wolf Children, The Boy and the Beast) signs a brilliant fable about our digital world. SC

Next Door – To avoid

Comedy by Daniel Brühl, 1h32

For his first film, Daniel Brühl, the unforgettable star of Good Bye, Lenin! (2003), takes the stage. His character as an actor of international stature, suddenly confronted with an acrimonious neighbor in a Berlin bistro, starts off on top of the wheels, but quickly gets bogged down in a pathos as psychoanalytic as it is navel-gazing. Pity… OD


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