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 VOD.
A must see
The part of the angels , a Ken Loach (well) aged in barrels
In Glasgow, Robbie, a young father, is constantly overtaken by his violent past. Scooping up a few hours of community service, he meets an educator who will change his life. Old Henri is passionate about hops. From visits to distilleries to tasting sessions, the scoundrels he takes care of are softened up, rediscovering a taste for life. But the opportunity for a new scam is looming. Will she put Robbie back in the rut? With his lifelong friend, the screenwriter Paul Laverty, Loach (Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2006 with The wind picks up) happily renews his foray into comedy. The part of the angels is more successful than Looking for Eric. True to his habit, he chose to direct non-professional actors like Paul Brannigan who plays the main character. Rhythmic and deeper than it seems, The part of the angels proves that Loach looks like a great whiskey. The more he takes from the bottle, the more his films breathe, and intoxicate the spectators.
Available on Arte.tv
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The Dissident , the truth nothing but the truth
The Dissident, by Canadian director Bryan Fogel, who received an Oscar with Icarus, is not only a masterful investigative documentary on the horrific assassination of Jamal Khashoggi on October 2, 2018, at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. It is also a love story between the Saudi dissident and a young Turkish researcher, mixed with the story of the ruthless hunt for Saudi opponents abroad. Hunt made possible by the technology delivered by the former Israeli enemy to his new Saudi friend, a worrying foreshadowing of a new Middle East, not necessarily better than the old one. This captivating thriller plunges us into the last minutes of the journalist’s life, dismembered by a team of killers from Arabia. Thanks to the images provided by the Turkish police and the Turkish intelligence recordings, we are witnessing this macabre killing almost live. Fogel reconstructs the trap set for Jamal Khashoggi, five days earlier, when he goes to the consulate to obtain a certificate to marry Hatice Cengiz. He comes out strangely relaxed, he who has never ceased to be wary since he left Arabia a year earlier, knowing that he was threatened.
Available in streaming on Amazon Prime Video, and in VOD on Canal + and Orange
Full Metal Jacket, the cult of war
Attention masterpiece! An extraordinary director, Stanley Kubrick offers, with Full Metal Jacket (1987), his vision of the Vietnam War. The cult filmmaker is inspired here by the novel by Gustav Hasford (The mess) to deliver a disturbing film that breaks down into two parts: the training and baptism of fire of a group of young volunteer Marines. In the first half of his film, Kubrick details and analyzes the training of these young soldiers. They will be brainwashed with humiliations and punishments inflicted by the dreaded and cruel Sergeant Hartman, played by a genuine military instructor (R. Lee Ermey). Kubrick denounces with his customary mastery the harshness and imbecility of military discipline, more particularly by showing the ordeal of soldier Leonardo, alias “Big whale», Unrecognizable Vincent D’Onofrio (New York criminal section). In the second part, Kubrick stages the war itself, through the prism of these now indoctrinated marines, until the bloody Tet offensive in Hue in 1968. The filmmaker dwells on the psychology of the characters instead of the usual warlike feelings. With finesse and subtlety, it highlights the depths of the souls of these soldiers formatted to kill in the name of a country and offers a glimpse into the cruelty and stupidity of which man is capable. A real journey to the end of hell.
Available with the Stanley Kubrick Collection on Salto
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Sacred Witches, mice and women
The filmmaker of Back to the future and Forrest Gump once again lets speak his child’s soul with this adaptation of the novel by Roald Dahl, already brought to the screen in 1990 by Nicolas Roeg. In this new, less gothic and more burlesque version initiated by Guillermo del Toro before he handed over to Zemeckis, the plot no longer takes place in 1980s England but in 1960s Alabama just out of the segregation. Anne Hathaway succeeds Anjelica Huston to play a witch determined to turn children into mice with bewitched candy. Only a clever little African American boy and his grandmother hen (Octavia Spencer) who stay in the same hotel can prevent the disaster. Despite an improbable Eastern European accent and screaming special effects, Anne Hathaway has a lot of fun creating a fashion victim magician who looks like she came out of the Devil wears Prada. His skirmishes with Spencer, whose main partners are three-dimensional animated rodents, make all the salt of this tale.
Available on DVD and VOD
The Girl on the Train, with moderation
Every day, Emily Blunt takes her commuter train, as she pretends to work in Manhattan. At one point in the journey, she observes a couple for mail order catalog. She is blonde. He is vaguely brown. They hug in the open air. When she is alone, the woman leans on the balustrade in undress. One morning, poor Emily sees him kissing another man. She jostles the passengers. His universe is collapsing. It wasn’t going very well already. She couldn’t stand that her husband had left her for someone else. Bastard Justin Theroux! He now has a baby with his new wife. The services of a blonde nanny were needed. She won’t just take care of the infant, if you follow my gaze. That’s how you disappear one evening while jogging. We must not forget to specify that all these small people live in the buildings along the rails. The improbabilities are collected with the shovel. It’s autumn that wants that. Not to be outdone, Emily is a severe alcoholic. His hours are spent in a thick fog. She always has a goblet in her hand. It does not exactly contain coffee. Images assail him. Did she witness a murder? Those who have read Paula Hawkins’ bestseller know the end of the story. The others guess it very quickly. The authors – that word should be banned, as far as they are concerned – transposed the action from England to the United States. What does Miss Blunt drink, reel-length? Gin or vodka? It is undoubtedly the only suspense of this film to be consumed with infinite moderation.
Available on Amazon Prime Video