The sequel to the adventures of the most multicultural of French families, the comical political comedy of Kervern and Delépine, the new horror film from the director of Rec… What should we see at the cinema this week?
At the same time – AT to see
Comedy by Gustave Kervern and Benoît Delépine, 1h46
Together. Kervern and Delépine took the slogan literally. In their film, two chosen ones that everything opposes find themselves glued to each other. We say to ourselves that the convergence of struggles has perverse effects. That’s not entirely accurate. They were victims of feminist activists who caught them in a hostess bar. The right-wing mayor was trying to convince the environmental activist to vote for his amusement park project. Here they are, therefore, stuck in a position that could not be more ambiguous. Starting from an absurd presupposition, Gustave Kervern and Benoît Delépine describe a lost France, raise the underside of politics, with a smiling grace, an invention never denied, the shrugs of a Mocky who would have exchanged rage for cheerful good nature. It should be noted that the actors are of unexpected help to them. IN.
Tales of chance and other fantasies – AT to see
Drama by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, 2h01
In a handful of films and years, Ryusuke Hamaguchi, 43, has earned a fine reputation, becoming the darling of international festivals while expanding his circle of admirers. Until the triumph of Drive my Car , propelled to Cannes before completing its dazzling run at the Oscars. Tales of chance and other fantasies, made up of three stories, reminds us that the Japanese filmmaker likes to experiment with narrative modes. Hamaguchi puts his favorite themes back on the job. Chance, love, friendship.
The first segment explores a love triangle when a woman realizes her friend is dating her ex. A misunderstanding is also at the heart of the third story, which imagines a computer virus and a return to postal mail. Hamaguchi transcends these duets through an art of dizzying dialogue. Each conversation carries its share of the unsaid, of double meaning, of discomfort. E.S.
Abuela – AT to see
Horror of Paco Plaza, 1h40
An old lady is drinking tea behind the window of a Madrid café. Impeccable bun, houndstooth jacket, this aristocratic grandmother waits with some impatience. She rolls up her sleeve and looks at her watch. Suddenly, the watch stops. Returning to her apartment, she discovers the lifeless body of another grandmother on the carpet in her living room. She smiles. A naked young woman emerges against the light from another room. Blonde, desirable, she approaches the dowager. Suddenly, the two women hug each other laughing and the title Abuela written in yellow letters, chic and old-fashioned… Considered one of the masters of Spanish horror cinema, the filmmaker Paco Plaza is the director of the horror saga Rec. Even though it’s still about possession, his new film is much more polished cinematically. The theme of old age and transmission (as horrifying as it is) inhabits the frame of this feature film with studied plans. OD
What the hell have we all done – You can see
Comedy by Philippe de Chauveron, 1h38
After the Tuches, here are the Verneuils, the other favorite family of the French. We summarize. In the first episode: four sons-in-law straight out of a Benetton ad. A black, an Arab, a Chinese and a Jew. In the second, the sons-in-law threaten to leave France and the Verneuils struggle to make them stay. At the start of this third and new episode, the Verneuils (well, especially Claude, the father) on the contrary do everything to avoid these invading sons-in-law. They are not at the end of their sentence. The duo formed by Christian Clavier and Chantal Lauby has lost none of its comic slaughter to embody an old conservative France. E.S.
Employee/boss – You can see
Drama by Manuel Nieto, 1:46
Nahuel Pérez Biscayart plays a daddy’s boy at the head of a farm who recruits a poor young man who loves horse racing. The Uruguayan Manuel Nieto meticulously depicts the class relations between the two, without really transcending the social dimension of his story. E. S
Libertad – You can see
Drama by Clara Roquet, 1 h 44
Like every summer on the Costa Brava, the family meets in the house overlooking the sea. The grandmother has Alzheimer’s disease. The shy Nora, 15, befriends the daughter of the Colombian caregiver. Boat trips, dips in the pool, nights out in clubs do not erase class differences. This first film is sensitive, discreet, a bit expected. There is a sweet holiday scent. It’s already that. E. NOT.
Inexorable – Avoid
Thriller by Fabrice Du Welz, 1 h 38
This best-selling author married his publisher’s daughter. Hiring a babysitter is a less happy decision. The teenager turns out to be perverse. Obviously, the big simpleton of a writer succumbs to her charms. This so-called horrific thriller quickly descends into ridicule and does not reserve the slightest surprise. Even Poelvoorde looks bored. And so are we. E. NOT.