During this 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 on VOD.
A must see
The Nesttoxic marriage
Noticed in 2011 with his first film paranoid, Martha Marcy May Marlene, already awarded in Deauville, the director Sean Durkin brushes, with The Nest, presented at Sundance, a vitriolic portrait of a marriage surviving its lies. Rejecting his popular origins, wishing to impose it on the rich, Rory is a model of toxic masculinity. Under his guise, Jude Law rediscovers his disturbing charisma as a young first high roller. Her smooth face is an enigma that the camera fixes from afar, busy as she follows the slightest thrills of the prodigious Carrie Coon (The Leftovers). No fool, his Allison will return humiliation for humiliation. These tensions converge to better implode during a dinner in town, jubilant game of massacre in the way Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf ? Rory and Allison plunge into a never-ending spiral, a night of revelation, of almost hallucinatory savagery. A thriller between dark family chronicle and horrific descent into hell. A masterpiece of its kind.
Available in VOD on MyCanal
Palm spring, one endless day
Do you find that between confinement and curfew, our days are alike? Pity poor Nyles, then. Trapped in a time loop, the nonchalant thirty-something always wakes up the morning of the wedding of Abe and Tella, distant friends. These nuptials, which take place in the middle of the Californian desert, always end with the infidelity of Nyles’ girlfriend. On this scenario, based on the model ofOne endless day with Bill Murray, Max Barbacow, whose humor turns out to be much more schoolboy and trashy American pie, grafts a delicious twist: Nyles is not the only one to relive these 24 hours of debauchery tirelessly. He dragged the grumpy Roy (JK Simmons delighted to lose his mind) and the beautiful Sarah (Cristin Milioti) into this mess. In its first part, Palm springs who sparked record bids at Sundance has fun showing off the thousand and one ways in which the omniscience of Nyles (Andy Samberg, prodigious dilettante) and Sarah allows them to spice up and spoil the party. From the declamation of perfect speech to the most improbable accidents. The duo’s futile attempts to escape the attraction between them are equally joyous. And is perhaps the key to their freedom. Where Bill Murray was trying to line up for a perfect, selfless day, Nyles and Sarah seem to wonder. What is it, what is the meaning of one’s life when you have eternity in front of you?
Available February 12 on Amazon Prime Video
The mission, psychological western
In 1870, Captain Kidd, a former Confederate, crisscrossed Texas to bring the news to more or less illiterate crowds. The various facts are declaimed in her baritone voice – one would recognize her with closed eyes. It would be a shame not to keep them open to admire The mission, this epic, dark, inspired western. The man seems to have a lot on his heart. The war apparently left him with only good memories. This veteran will see his life turned upside down by the discovery of a black lynch and an abandoned 10-year-old girl. She is twice orphaned, since her parents were massacred by the Indians who raised her and who were in turn killed. The man has a mission: to bring the little one back to what remains of his family. From here to San Antonio it is 800 kilometers. At first, she irritates him. He doesn’t know which end to take it. She clings to her memories, with her blue eyes, her stubborn look, her lips always ready to be twisted with grief. We feel him overcome with regret, devoured by nostalgia. His country continues to tear itself apart. These times are difficult. At times strangely contemplative, Paul Greengrass abandons the frenzy of Jason bourne. The action is triggered when the heroes cannot cope otherwise. The West has its laws. It gives something between The Prisoner of the Desert (a scene evokes the famous shot where the silhouette of John Wayne is framed in the door of the ranch) and One hundred dollars for a sheriff. Solid, laconic, protective, Tom Hanks, with his white beard of an ancient god, carries the film on his shoulders. Helena Zengel, spotted in Bennistands up to him, in the midst of these sandstorms, these meadows strewn with the corpses of bison. She is on the verge of tears and all of a sudden her face lights up with a radiant smile. For her, we would face blizzards and the ghosts of the past. Is peace still far away?
Available on Netflix
Cyrille, farmer, 30 years old, 20 cows, milk, butter, debts
Let’s face it, this documentary by Rodolphe Marconi, Cyrille, farmer, 30 years old, 20 cows, milk, butter and debts is without a doubt the most sensitive, the most remarkable, the harshest there is. Deserves a palme d’or. It begins like this: the sound of footsteps, of boots, in a forest crushing leaves … Then the director’s voice: “July 2018. For three days, on the Atlantic coast, a boy has been walking into the sea up to his knees. No more. He never bathes. ” It was the first time that Cyrille had taken a little vacation. Why doesn’t he bathe? Quite simply because he cannot swim. The thirty-something is a dairy farmer in Auvergne. He’s already a bit at the end of his rope. He gets up early to milk his cows which he calls his “girls“. Five years that the young man has not paid himself a salary. To continue to live with dignity, he sometimes becomes a waiter and diver in a restaurant. He does not know fatigue. He knows misery. He works for nothing because he knows, Cyrille, that one day or another, he will go out of business. Will say goodbye to his animals. He is disgusted by his job, he who loved it so much: “Being a farmer is the basis of the world, we feed you.”
Tuesday February 9 at 10:50 p.m. on Canal +. Available on demand on MyCanal
To (re) see also
Grapes of Wrath, on the road to John Ford
Shot in 1939, Grapes of Wrath (Grapes of Wrath), adapted from the novel by John Steinbeck, is set during the economic crisis, the Great Depression of 1929. Released from prison, Tom Joad (Henry Fonda) returns home to Oklahoma. Casey, a pastor turned worker (John Carradine ecstatic madly), accompanies him. The farm is deserted. The Joad family has been expropriated and is trying to reach California where they hope to find work. Tom joins her. Co-signing the screenplay with Nunnally Johnson, John Ford deals with themes close to his heart, injustice, fatality, roots and the generation gap in the face of modernity. “Grapes of Wrath is the most sublime ancestor of American cinema road movies. In any case, it contains one of the most poignant and violent denunciations of misery that we have seen in a film. A world is disappearing: that of the united family and centuries-old traditions. Another world, perhaps, will be born, given birth in confusion, doubt, suffering», Writes cinema specialist Jacques Lourcelles.
Available in VOD on Arte.tv