La Ruse, L’Affaire Collini, Sentinel Sud, Downton Abbey… The films to see or avoid this week

A grandiose diversionary operation dubbed by Churchill, an investigation strewn with pitfalls, a film noir on the fate of a soldier… What should we see this week? Discover the cinema selection of Figaro.

Cunning – To have

John Madden War Movie, 2:07

For once, we understand that the distributors did not translate the original title word for word, Operation Mincemeat. It would have given something like “Operation Meat Pie”which would have evoked a solidly greasy comedy. Cunning sounds better and has the merit of not lying about the goods. That, the secret was well kept. Sicily or Greece? It was not a question of choosing his future vacation destination, but of making the Germans believe, in 1943, that the Allied landings would take place around Athens and not near Agrigento. The English services are working on it. It takes tons of duplicity, extreme attention to the smallest details. The impassive Colin Firth is on the move, locked in his feelings. No bad surprise is to be overlooked. Prudence pushes you to slip an eyelash into an envelope, to convince reluctant superiors. Fortunately, Churchill, not crazy, gives the green light. These unsung heroes confuse with their modesty and courage. They manage to save the world. They are incapable of making a success of their life. All hide a crack, like this more or less communist brother who is suspected of providing information to the Russians. Last wink: this zealous helper typing at the back of the office. His name is Ian Fleming. Bloody Hell! In our humble opinion, we will hear from him again. IN

The Collini Affair – To have

Drama by Marco Kreuzpaintner, 2h03

A courtroom film that recalls in many ways the music box by Costa Gavras (released in 1989 with Jessica Lange), this skilful procedural thriller signed by the German director Marco Kreuzpaintner (Trade – The Shadow Traders, in 2007) plunges its plot into a fascinating investigation, and brings back the ghosts of the past. The young hero, through successive revelations, will learn more about the strange murderer he is forced to defend. Certainly, the twists, twists and surprises of all kinds are sometimes a little forced. Nevertheless, the mechanics of the investigation, which goes back to an unpunished war crime, committed in 1944 in Montecatini, is enough to powerfully bind the narrative arc of this quest for truth strewn with pitfalls and pitfalls. OD

Sentinel south – To have

Drama by Mathieu Gérault, 1h36

Sentinel south imagine the return home of soldier Christian Lafayette (Niels Schneider) after a mission in Afghanistan in 1998. A clandestine operation decimated his unit. Somewhere in France, in an indeterminate but not very cheerful town, Lafayette, child of the assistance, finds a dreary and solitary daily life. He pisses in bed. Works as a handler at the local supermarket. His two brothers in arms, also survivors of the ambush, are hardly more valiant. Mounir (Sofian Khammes) drags his bitterness and a loose leg. Without his uniform, he becomes an Arab again at the foot of the towers. Henri (Thomas Daloz), he vegetates in the hospital in a wheelchair. His mental health leaves much to be desired. He paints dogs. As invisible as it is, war insinuates itself everywhere into the existence of these broken men. Film noir, social chronicle, and even love film, Sentinel south crosses genres, without overzealousness or loss of tension. The war goes well to Niels Schneider. The actor finds his best role since Sympathy for the Devil where he played Paul Marchand, a reporter in search of adrenaline in besieged Sarajevo. Lafayette, there it is. S.S.

Downton Abbey: A New Era – To have

Historical film by Simon Curtis, 2h05

A new era, the new movie Downton Abbey yet looks like twilight. In full burst of inspiration, the creator of the cult six-season series, Julian Fellowes, gives his reunion with the Crawleys and their servants a strength and an emotion that was missing from the frivolous parenthesis of the first feature film, centered on a royal visit which turned the Yorkshire estate upside down. A year later, in 1928, it was the arrival of a film crew that tormented the mansion. The director, Jack Barber (Hugh Dancy), wants to use the house as a set and brings in a peroxide star, the capricious diva Myrna Dalgleish. Obviously the Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), guardian of conservative values, is up in arms. Pragmatic, his eldest daughter Mary (Michelle Dockery), now a manager, sees it as a way to finance a new roof. Each scene is full of double meanings and innuendos. The good words, the comedy of situation linked to the zealous patriotism of some are there. But the gravity, the sense of passing time, of mortality, of the inevitable decline of this sphere of privileges and codes which cherishes the parade are palpable. Julian Fellowes returns to the heart of his series: recounting the last breath of a world, the passing of the baton to a young generation, the timelessness of earth and stones. CJ

The Gravedigger’s Wife – You can see

Drama by Khadar Ayderus Ahmed, 1h22

Smiling but very sick, Nasra waits all day in their house made of sheet metal. Guled tries to bring back some semblance of salary to be able to pay for his wife’s medical operation. Between these white, dry and inhuman landscapes of East Africa, the characters fight with tenderness against misery. Unfortunately, the plot of this rough and sincere film takes time to set up. BP

Baby sitter– To avoid

Comedy by Monia Chokri, 1 h 28

A slightly drunk young dad kisses a journalist live after a boxing match. The viral video makes him an outcast. As a form of repentance, he undertakes to write a book on masculinity with his brother, a self-righteous writer. Quebecer Monia Chokri, who plays the wife in the midst of postpartum depression, attempts a satire on post-Metoo political correctness. Commendable but painful to endure, as the actors are bad as pigs. E. S.


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