Peninsula, Little Vampire, Goodbye idiots … Movies to watch or avoid this week

To have

Little Vampire , animated film by Joann Sfar, 1h21

The original plot of this very polished animated film features our charming hero Little Vampire, who “lives” in a haunted house, surrounded by a merry bunch of monsters, a pirate daddy and a ghost mom. . But the house is surrounded by an invisible force field shaped like an impenetrable bubble. He only dreams of one thing, to escape from his parents’ mansion to meet other children. He even longs to go to school. His dreams will of course come true. Little vampire will escape in secret and befriend a lonely little boy named Michel… Alas, the wicked Gibbous, old enemy of the family finds his trace again… Poetic, rhythmic, funny and touching, this cartoon makes one think to a kind of Little Nicolas vampiric. The set has a lot of charm and is sure to please the whole family thanks to its many references to pop culture.

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Michelangelo , biopic by Andrey Konchalovsky, 2:09

Michelangelo? A perfectionist always dissatisfied. An overworked enthusiast. But also a proud horse dealer, his feet anchored in the dust of marble and pigments! Incarnated by Alberto Testone, the Florentine artist is presented in his very trivial and practical daily life. A film that demystifies the author of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

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Peninsula , horror-horror film by Sang-Ho Yeon, 1h56

Peninsula is the continuation of Last train to Busan, surprise and global success in 2016. At full speed even since the title train was the KTX, the Korean TGV, the only way to reach Busan, the only secure city in a country contaminated by a devastating virus. This zombification was the metaphor of a savage capitalism emptying humans of their substance. Four years later, the South Korean peninsula is a cluster cut off from the rest of the world. A refugee soldier in Hong Kong is recruited by thugs to go to Seoul to fetch a truck full of dollars. Welcome to a contaminated zone where hordes of zombies are not the most to be feared. A bunch of degenerate soldiers are killing time by making circus games their sauce. As sometimes after a success, he has more resources and fewer ideas. He’s a little less mean too, hence the violinades. But its very graphic staging – it comes from animated cinema – always sparkles when there is action.

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Miss , comedy by Ruben Alves, 1h47

Alex’s classmates, 9, laugh at him. They call him a “girl”. As an adult, the young man has found his place in a colorful community led by the exuberant Yolande (Isabelle Nanty) and led by Lola, a transvestite (Thibault de Montalembert as we have never seen him). Alex asks his friends to help him pass the Miss France contest. Reactions are mixed. If it does not create surprise, the scenario of Ruben Alves and Élodie Namer is imbued with benevolence and avoids the trap of the scabrous by painting an endearing character in search of his identity. Ruben Alves also criticizes the Miss France competition through in particular the character of Pascale Arbillot, a sister of Geneviève de Fontenay. There is magic in this “feel good movie” as well as emotion.

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City Hall , documentary by Frederick Wiseman, 4:35

At 90, Frederick Wiseman made his first film in his hometown, Boston. A return to his roots for the documentary maker who, in fifty years and over 40 films, has relentlessly scrutinized American institutions. With, each time, the same method: no voice-over, no interviews, no additional music, being forgotten of the protagonists, giving the least possible intention. He applies it again in City Hall, portrait of the municipality of the capital of Massachusetts and especially of its democratic mayor, Martin J. Walsh. The director has a habit of saying that he films ordinary people who don’t change their attitude when he points the camera at them. But the mayor of Boston is no ordinary person. He is in care. Dialogue or monologue, the incessant flow of words is drunk. We come out groggy from these 4:35 of palaver which ultimately form a fairly demonstrative storytelling. Walsh, he’s the anti-Trump. Embodied probity, measure, reason, benevolence, union. Filming Trump might have been more interesting.

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To avoid

Goodbye idiots , comedy by Albert Dupontel, 1h27

Efira will die (incurable disease). Dupontel misses his suicide. It begins well. She is a hairdresser, has an aperitif name (Suze) and at birth abandoned the son she had as a teenager. He is a civil servant, has only initials (JB) and did not get the job he hoped for. These two will never leave each other, united in search of the missing son and with the police after them. The gags are big, the light orange, the rhythm frantic. One can find tiring this gifted madness, these decorations à la Terry Gilliam, this romanticism in 220 volts. There are too many colors. The whole has the effect of a cake where the pastry chef would not have skimped on the whipped cream. Poetry alternates with cartoon, a curious mixture. It’s fun fair Kafka, a roller coaster of garish emotions, Delicatessen in a photo-novel version. The final is embarrassing with its complacent heaviness. The nuance is a virtue completely ignored by the actor-director who, apparently, does not seem to hate himself.

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Last Words , drama by Jonathan Nossiter, 2:06

Virus? Tsunami? We do not know exactly, but in 2086 the planet was devastated. Only ruined cities and desert landscapes remain. Nick Nolte is one of the survivors. He chuckles under his breath and informs us that he once attended a Pink Floyd concert – which shows that the apocalypse has a gift for preserving. Charlotte Rampling, tramp, dressed up as Ginette des Visitors. In the evening, the last humans screen films by Buster Keaton and Bunuel. A leaden boredom descends from the first minutes. He will never leave the room. The cinema will save the world, such is the thesis. Certainly not with pensions like that.

We can also see

Poly , adventure film by Nicolas Vanier, 1h42

Cécile, 10, moves to the south of France with her mother, Louise. Integration with the other children of the village is not easy. When a passing circus sets up next door, Cécile discovers that Poly the star pony is being mistreated. She decides to protect him and organize his escape! Pursued by Brancalou, the disturbing director of the circus, and the mysterious Victor, Cécile and Poly embark on a run full of twists and turns, a real initiatory journey and an incredible story of friendship …

The sacred fire , documentary by Eric Guéret, 1h33

In the North, the Ascoval steelworks is threatened with closure. The 300 employees have one year to find a buyer. In the heat of the ovens, on the roadblocks and as far as the corridors of Bercy, the workers, the management, and the union officials refuse to be overwhelmed by this globalized violence: the factory is new, profitable, and perfectly convertible into a sustainable development economy. It is the lives of these men and women and their families that are at stake. Their tenacity and their union will be their strength.


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