The detective film festival grand prize, a young girl with cancer and The Rock, stronger than ever … What to see this week? The editorial selection of the Figaro.
Tehran Law , a drama by Saeed Roustayi, 2h14
The Law of Teheran features a narcotics squad in search of a drug trafficker, Naser Khakzad (Navid Mohammadzadeh). At its head, Samad, played by Peyman Maadi, the actor ofA separation, by Asghar Farhadi. Neither tender nor crude, pragmatic. Samad and his team cast a wide net in the slums to get drug addicts and drug addicts talking and go back to the big guys. The method is laborious, trying. Saeed Roustayi’s thriller changes gear without warning. It offers a painting of an edifying Iranian police station. Justice is also shown as an arbitrary and inefficient system. The police have as much to fear as the suspects in the judge’s office. Doubly awarded the Grand Prix and the Critics’ Prize at the last Detective Film Festival, Tehran Law confirms that the thriller is still moving. S.S.
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Fathers profession , a drama by Jean-Pierre Améris, 1h45
You have to put yourself in his place. At school, when the teacher asks him what his father is doing, he doesn’t know what to say. Footballer, parachutist, judo champion, spy, there is the
choice. None of this is true. For Émile, who was 12 years old in Lyon, in 1961, it wasn’t funny every day. In Algiers takes place the putsch of the generals. This puts the father in all his states.
He hates de Gaulle, entrusts his son with the mission of assassinating him, orders him to write OAS in chalk on the walls. The kid obeyed, between terror and fascination. The head of the family is violent. Benoît Poelvoorde slips with relish into the skin of this dangerous mythomaniac. The film fairly well traces the terrors of children, this period when everything seems mysterious, unreal. The student quietly posts letters, sympathizes with a Pied-Noirmate. Madness seems natural to him. IN.
Milla , a drama by Shannon Murphy, 1h58
How do you love when you have nothing more to lose, when the time you have left is counted in weeks? Condemned by cancer, Milla, in an impeccably ironed high school uniform, falls on the platform of the Sydney subway, under the spell of scruffy and unkempt Moses. Vagabond, the dealer in his twenties begs for money. She feels uneasy in his arms. Contrary to Our opposite stars Where Love story, melodies of love in the face of illness, Milla does not rest on any pathos or promise of eternity. Milla is not in denial of her mortality. Or rage. This interiority is sometimes forced by an artificial division into chapters with grandiloquent titles. Still, this weightless portrait vibrates with a rare vulnerability, rewarded with a prize for best hope in Venice and nine AACTAs, the Australian Oscars. CJ
Jungle Cruise , an adventure film by Jaume Collet-Serra, 2:07
After Pirates of the Caribbean, Disney operates another flagship attraction of its parks. In the midst of the 14-18 war, an explorer (Emily Blunt) travels up the Amazon on the boat of a talkative captain (Dwayne Johnson) in search of petals with incredible medicinal properties. The miracle cure also arouses the envy of the Germans, led by Jesse Plemons with the mustache of villain who curls. Pursuit in a submarine, raging torrents, facetious local tribes, legacy of the conquistadors … this family entertainment cabotin greedily remixes the classics that are Indiana Jones, The Hunt for the Green Diamond, The African Queen’s Odyssey. Dwayne Johnson, aka “The Rock”, has neither the charm nor the irony of Johnny Depp. However, he and Emily Blunt form a delicious quibble duo. The star of Fast And Furious was right to insist, for weeks on end, with her British partner that she take on this role of intrepid and emancipated heroine who does not let herself be taken down by condescending men, nor by the surprises of a hellish journey. CJ
The Suicide Squad , an adventure film by James Gunn, 2h12
Above all, we don’t take the same ones and start all over again. In 2016, David Ayer had strongly disappointed with the first adaptation of the comics The Suicide Squad. In 2021, director James Gunn infidelates Marvel-Disney (fired for sexist tweets, he will be back to direct the third part of the Guardians of the Galaxy) and took on the new big-screen adaptation of this squad of supervillains tasked with saving the world against an illusory remission. The result: a wild, funny, and unpredictable superhero movie parody. OD
The Sparks Brothers , a documentary by Edward Right, 2h20
Already in the spotlight in Cannes with Annette, by Leos Carax (they
sign the music and the story), the brothers Ron and Russell Mael are entitled to a documentary by Edgar Wright (Shaun Of
the Dead, Baby Driver). Five decades of exciting pop summed up in 2h20 which, by wanting too much to respect the chronology and multiply the speakers, end up boring. É. S.
Horse Thieves , a western by Yerlan Nurmukhambetov and Lisa Takeba, 1h24
A mischievous little boy from the plains of Kazakhstan, Olzhas loves to escape tomato picking to play by the river and draw on the walls. One day, his father, a horse breeder, was killed by thieves in a market. Shortly after, a stranger appears to accompany the bereaved family to their new village. A story of the unwavering bonds that unite the sons to their fathers, this naive and twilight tale, nestled in magnificent landscapes, depicts the harshness of life in the steppes. In courageous and ostracized mother Samal Yesyamova, interpretation prize at Cannes in 2018, opposes an unfailing dignity in the face of an impossible mourning. CJ
Witches of the Orient , a documentary by Julien Faraut, 1h40
After the 1984 Roland-Garros final, the director
takes an interest in the little-known triumph of the Japanese women’s volleyball team in the 1960s. And gets tripped up in the net. The story may be original and the Japanese septuagenarians funny and elegant, the downtime is multiplying. BP
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It’s life , a comedy by Julien Rambaldi, 1h43
Five years later Welcome to Marly-Gaumont, Julien Rambaldi returns with It’s life, a comedy about the world of motherhood, with a cast of choice. We find Josiane Balasko, Léa Drucker (who is none other than the director’s wife), Alice Pol (Supercondriac) or David Marsais, one of the two comedians of Palmashow and recently on the bill of Mandibles . For her last day before retiring, Dominique (Josiane Balasko), a midwife with a strong character, will have to cooperate with a very young obstetrician who seems very arrogant to her. Together, they will have to accompany and give birth to five very different women, who will remember this day all their lives.