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Les Enfants du temps, Ip Man 4, An American ode … Online movies of the week to see or not


Pending the reopening of cinemas, the editorial staff Figaro offers you every Wednesday a selection of new products available on streaming platforms or on VOD.

Le Figaro offers you its selection of films released this week online, on VOD or on streaming platforms.

To have

An American ode , drama by Ron Howard, 1h56

At a college party, a law student at Yale tries to get hired by a law firm. Annoyed by the contemptuous tone of a guest who mocks his humble origins, the young JDVance points out with some vexation that the use of the term “redneckIs bordering on racial insult. A call interrupts the spat that tells the hero that his mother (Amy Adams) has been hospitalized following a heroin overdose. Our man will have to dive back into the heart of a dysfunctional family and face his past. Glenn Close, unrecognizable as a grandmother fan of Terminator, is pretty amazing. But Ron Howard’s film (with all its faults) mostly puts its finger on the raw wounds of a fractured America. This moving initiatory story disturbs. He holds out a terrifying mirror to the Americans, a mirror which unfortunately does not seem so distorting after all …

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>> Available on Netflix

Ip man 4 , martial arts film by Wilson Yip, 1h45

Ip Man learns in this fourth part that he suffers from cancer. He also has to endure the mood swings of his son, fired from high school. In search of a new establishment, he flies to San Francisco. The dream quickly turns into a nightmare when he discovers that the America of the sixties is not very welcoming. Everything revs up when a supremacist instructor from the Navy Seals decides to establish the superiority of karate over kung fu. If the multiple intrigues are above all a pretext for the fight, Ip man remains good entertainment. The opposition of styles between the brutal karate used by the navies and the aesthetic kung fu of the master gives rise to high-flying confrontations which are not unlike the jewels of the genre, of Tiger and dragon at The fist of Fury. Thanks to his sober and sensitive interpretation, Donnie Yen manages to translate for the first time a certain weakness in the character, until now untouchable.

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>> Available on Orange, FILMOTV and CanalVOD from 11.99 euros

Born in Jerusalem (and still alive) , comedy by Yossi Atia and David Ofek, 1h23

In Born in Jerusalem (and still alive), Yossi Atia and David Ofek, 41 and 52 respectively, follow Ronen (Yossi Atia himself) who says he wants to share a “heritage” and this “to prepare” to disasters to come. He refuses to be paid, to the chagrin of his father whose health is fragile, his mother died ten years earlier. This first feature film for Yossi Atia (David Ofek has already co-directed two) has many documentary airs. And witness value. Ronen unveils the sites of deadly violence, memorials and photographs of the attacks. Surprisingly, the film is not sad, it even contains touches of lightness, like saving breaths. And then love is invited into this existential quest. The present mingles with the past but the future looks bright.

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>> Available on Orange, CanalVOD and Univers Ciné from 4.99 euros

Brooklyn secret , drama by Isabel Sandoval, 1h29

Three lonely lives intersect in a New York apartment. Olga, an old Russian lady with a beautiful lost face wanders home, until the arrival of her Filipino caregiver, Olivia, who reassures her by giving her her bearings. Olivia no longer has valid papers and tries to enter into a sham marriage to obtain a residence permit in the United States. Alex, Olga’s grandson, sometimes comes to visit his grandmother. A love story is gradually born between Alex and Olivia, full of silence and secrets that are revealed little by little. Director and interpreter of Olivia, Isabel Sandoval delicately stages characters on the margins of society, bathed in a subtle atmosphere of desire and worry, of combative melancholy. Social violence, which arises at times, most often remains in the background of this lyrical film whose heroes seek their intimate freedom and the part of tenderness which is intended for them. The director achieves this with a beautiful stylistic mastery in this muted, discreet and captivating melodrama.

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>> Available on CanalVOD, Orange, FILMOTV and Univers Ciné from 4.99 euros

The Children of Time , animated film by Makoto Shinkai, 1h54

High school student, Hodaka, 16, leaves his native island to go to Tokyo, which he discovers in the pouring rain. He was recruited by a magazine specializing in the paranormal and was entrusted with an investigation into the “Priestesses of time”, “Sun girls” capable of making the sun appear in a storm. The boy doesn’t believe the plausibility of the subject, until he meets Hina. Makoto Shinkai, 46, already compared to Hayao Miyazaki, skilfully doses forays between fantasy and realism and blithely blends futuristic sequences of a gigantic megalopolis and apocalyptic views.

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>> Available on CanalVOD and Orange from 2.99 euros

You can see

The Princess of Chicago: In the skin of a queen , comedy by Mike Rohl, 1h36

Following the first part The Princess of Chicago released in 2018, this new princely romance sees this time not two, but three Vanessa Hudgens switch roles. If the scenario remains fairly classic as a whole, the film is far from unpleasant. Some humorous scenes hit the mark, the cutesy magic of Christmas is indeed there and the spectator lets himself be carried away in this immense sandbox for the main actress. Indeed, the sublime Vanessa Hudgens explores her range of acting while having fun interpreting her three characters with different facial expressions and accents. A small wave of freshness unlike the rest of the cast a little below when it is not simply cliché. For a Christmas romance, The Princess of Chicago: In the skin of a queen ticks all the boxes and can only be recommended to aficionados of the genre. To be consumed in VOSTFR preferably.

>> Available on Netflix

We can also see

Big Time Adolescence , comedy-drama by Jason Orley, 1h35

A 16-year-old still virgin and deficient in growth hormones allows himself to be corrupted by his hero: a young nihilist expelled from his high school. Present at the Sundance Festival, Big Time Adolescence (or Bad influence in VF) brings together a beautiful cast: The rising star Pete Davidson (The King of Staten Island), the young Griffin Gluck (Locke & Key), the revelation Sydney Sweeney (Euphoria) or even the veteran Jon Cryer (My uncle Charlie ).

>> Available on Orange from 4.99 euros

Adorable , comedy by Solange Cicurel, 1h31

Emma and Victor are Lila’s parents. As she turns 14, Lila begins her teenage crisis and goes from a perfect child to an unbearable teenager. Victor tries to ease the tensions but between mother and daughter, war is declared! Anything goes and no more question of being adorable …

>> Available on CanalVOD, FILMOTV and Orange from 11.99 euros

Besieged , Rob Lurie’s war film, 2:04

The fight that raged on October 3, 2009 during the War in Afghanistan, between 53 American soldiers and nearly 400 Taliban. Orlando Blum, Scott Eastwood and one of Hollywood’s rising stars Caleb Landry Jones (Get Out) meet in this very American war movie.

>> Available on Orange and Cinemas on demand from 3.99 euros

Life Like , science fiction film by Josh Janowicz, 1h35

An idealistic and attractive young couple acquire a beautiful and realistic robot for free help, but as the three come closer, their perception of humanity will be changed forever.

>> Available on Orange from 3.99 euros

The room mate , romantic drama by Marco Berger, 1h51

Juan must quickly find a roommate after his brother leaves. It is finally Gabriel, his charming and taciturn colleague, who moves in. What begins as an innocent arrangement quickly turns into a budding attraction, then into passion …

>> Available on Orange, CanalVOD and Univers Ciné from 4.99 euros

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