I Care a Lot, Mademoiselle de Joncquières, Jack Reacher … 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.

A must see

I Care a Lotblack comedy

Judicial Officer, Marla (Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl) identifies the most senile and prosperous retirees and arranges to be appointed guardian. Once her protégé has been placed in a retirement home, she liquidates her assets and uses the available margins to carry on in full force. By recovering the file of a certain Jennifer Peterson, she seems to have hit the jackpot: without children or husband, this woman sleeps on a juicy heritage and savings mattress. But when Marla discovers diamonds hidden in a Bible in her safe, she realizes that she scammed the wrong person. Jennifer and her protectors will return blow for blow. Feline, Rosamund Pike, nominated for the Golden Globes for this performance, masks an iron fist and an unscrupulous conscience in a velvet glove. Opposite, Peter Dinklage (Tyrion in Game Of Thrones) just as jubilant in the skin of a greedy mafioso and milk soup. As black, calculating and cold as each other, Marla and Roman are on equal terms. It’s hard to disown Marla who refuses to be intimidated by men. Impossible not to support Roman’s thirst for revenge. It is all the skill of this black comedy. Inspired by the real excesses of the American trusteeship system, it is based on two antagonists as hideous and ruthless one as the other and who do not seek at any time to apologize or redeem themselves.

Available from February 19 on Netflix

To have

Mademoiselle de Joncquières, Mouret the fatalist

Castles and parks, silk, velvet and lace, the punished language of gallantry. We are in the provincial aristocracy. The Marquis des Arcis (Édouard Baer), a libertine a little weary of easy conquests, assiduously courted Mme de La Pommeraye (Cécile de France), a young widow who held him high. She eventually gives in and they live a few happy years, until boredom creeps insidiously into their affair. The marquis goes away more often and further, the reunion is less passionate. Pleading the false to know the true, Mme de La Pommeraye declares that she no longer loves. Des Arcis jumps at the opportunity to regain his freedom: from now on they will be the best friends in the world, enlightened confidants of their adventures. Madame de La Pommeraye cuts a good figure, but she is mortally wounded and will work to engineer revenge at La Merteuil. The intrigue, Machiavellian, aims to definitively humiliate Arcis in his worldly honor. She would almost succeed, if the truth of hearts did not unexpectedly thwart the calculations of reason. The affair is told by Diderot in one of the drawer stories of Jacques the Fatalist. Robert Bresson, with Jean Cocteau for screenwriter, transposed it in 1945 in The Ladies of the Bois de Boulogne. He started the film at the scene of the breakup between the two lovers. Emmanuel Mouret, eager, he says, to develop the character of Madame de La Pommeraye, chooses to dwell on the preliminaries and the resistance of the widow.

Available in replay on Arte.tv and YouTube

To review

Jurassic Park, The beginning of a new era

With Jurassic Park, which he produced in 1993, Steven Spielberg revolutionized the seventh art. Adapted from the homonymous novel by Michael Crichton, this first film in the franchise – will follow The lost World. Jurassic Park, in 1997, and Jurassic Park III , in 2001 – not only sparked renewed interest in prehistory, but also took the film industry to a decisive step in the field of special effects. Thanks to advances in computer science, computer graphics have brought life-like tyrannosaurs, triceratops and other dinosaurs to life on the screen. “It was the first time in a movie that computer effects were used to create something that looked like a living animal., said Dennis Muren, one of the special effects team, who won an Oscar in 1994. We didn’t know if we could do it, it was a first. We had done Terminator 2 two years before and we were close to the goal. In the end it worked“. This blockbuster remains one of the greatest commercial successes in the career of the brilliant Spielberg, who is presiding over the 66th Cannes Film Festival this year. It was the first film in history to cross the 900 million dollars in earnings (920 million, while it cost “only” 65 million).

Available on Netflix

To avoid

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, from blockbuster to series B

The former military police major in the United States Army returns to service for a second mission adapted from the 18th book in the series, Never go back. This time, Reacher (Tom Cruise) is mobilizing to obtain the release of Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders, as pretty as he is muscular). The one who now heads her old unit has just been arrested for treason. Reacher wants to prove the innocence of the young woman. Together, they are determined to uncover the truth about a state conspiracy rooted in Afghanistan. We would have liked director Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond ) can remain at the level of the previous McQuarrie film. If the first hour remains well built, Cruise camping with conviction the solitary vigilante, the story shows some weaknesses in rhythm when the chased girl makes her appearance. Suddenly, this virile thriller falls into line and does not exceed the level of an honest B series. In short, a film that lacks salt.

Available from February 19 on Amazon Prime and Netflix


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