The Shadow of a Lie, The Time of Secrets, Ambulance… Films to see or avoid this week

A man struck by a stroke learns to live again, the adaptation of the third volume of memories of youth by Marcel Pagnol, an old-fashioned robbery… What should we see this week? Discover the cinema selection of Figaro.

Shadow of a Lie AT see absolutely

Drama by Bouli Lanners, 1h39

On his arm, a tattoo reproduces the map of Scotland. Why did Philippe land on this lost island? The man is not exactly the talkative type. His job is to help neighboring farmers. The weeks are punctuated by Sunday masses. The local pub is the meeting place. It could have gone on like this, without fuss, if only a damn stroke hadn’t suddenly fallen on her. When he leaves the hospital, the brave guy doesn’t remember much. Inspired by a great idea, the beautiful brunette who runs the real estate agency offers to help her. To hear it, they had an affair. Oh good ? He can’t come back. Their solitudes rub like two flints. This produces silence and softness. What rest! This modesty.
In front of and behind the camera, Bouli Lanners paints the waltz of feelings with rare delicacy, paints the colors of friendship, shows that a bit of warmth is always welcome, whatever the price to be paid. This fifth film bluffs with its quiet audacity, seduces with its sense of landscapes, touches with the sobriety of its sadness. IN.

The Time of Secrets – To have

Comedy by Christophe Barratier, 1h48

The cart plods along, fully loaded under the July sun. Leaving the streets of Marseilles, it rattles along the stony paths of an eternal Provence. Sitting at the back of the cart, young Marcel, 12, widens his eyes, happy to have finished his school year, delighted to be going on vacation again, with his parents, brothers, sisters, uncles and aunts. From the first images of Christophe Barratier’s new film, a jubilant whiff of freedom invades the screen. Here we are ready to dive back into the tender and literary universe of Marcel Pagnol. By adapting the third volume of the novelist’s childhood memories, the director of Choristers completes the diptych signed 22 years ago by Yves Robert. And follows in his footsteps With humility and fidelity. OD

Only the earth is eternal – To have

Documentary by François Busnel, 1h52

A documentary on a writer is always a perilous exercise. After all, writing is a largely sedentary business. Even for compulsive walkers like me, it starts with lonely, selfish hours and hours spent in front of a computer or a blank page. And novelists, reclusive by nature, are not very good at interviews. Especially when it comes to talking about their work. For all these reasons, Only the earth is eternal, the wonderful film by François Busnel about the wonderful Jim Harrison (who died in 2016), is remarkable. Not only does it capture, with warmth and acuity, the very essence of this man with the deeply weathered face, so atypical among the writers of his time, but it is also a fabulous cinematic experience. A true literary road-trip which, while appealing to our intellect, is also a feast for the eyes. DK

Of our wounded brothers – You can see

Drama by Hélier Cisterne, 1h35

Hélier Cisterne’s second film, produced with his partner Katell Quillévéré, traces the true story of a couple caught up in the turmoil of the Algerian war. He is a communist worker born in Algiers. She is a single mother, a Polish immigrant. Between Fernand (Vincent Lacoste, excellent, full of energetic maturity) and Hélène (Vicky Krieps, overwhelmingly charming and human) the chemistry is obvious from the first glance. But Fernand soon considers that too many injustices strike the Algerians. After the death of a friend who had deserted the French army, he took the plunge and agreed to plant a bomb in a disused room in his factory, in order to protest against the French colonial regime. The attack did not cause any casualties but the man was denounced by his foreman. Hélène’s life falls into horror. Hélier Cisterne’s camera accompanies the drama with modesty and precision. OD

feathers – You can see

Dramatic comedy by Omar el Zohairy, 1h52

Nespresso Grand Prize at the Critics’ Week in Cannes, this first Egyptian film starts off with a bang. On his son’s birthday, a father is turned into a hen by a magician. The father vanished, the mother must take charge of family life. Oddly, this female character remains sad and taciturn. The story of emancipation ends up having lead in the wing. S.S..

In U.S – You can see

Documentary by Régis Sauder, 1h39

Ten years ago in We, Princesses of Cleves, Régis Sauder asked the students of the Denis Diderot high school in Marseille about their vision of love, their fears and their dreams for the future. Ten years later, what have they become? For the In U.S, he finds these high school students who have become young adults. In trust with the director, they naturally confide in their careers, strewn with failures and joys. Without misery, Régis Sauder paints the portrait of a youth anchored in modernity, whose existence is not defined by their origins in a popular district. ah

Ambulance – To avoid

Action movie by Michael Bay, 2h17

Michael Bay returns to theaters with Ambulance. Almost an old-fashioned heist film, without a deluge of digital special effects but with a lot of cars sent to the scrapyard and work for the stuntmen. The story holds up pretty well. Will Sharp (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, must find the money to pay for his wife’s surgery. He calls his brother Danny (Jake Gyllenhaal), leader of a band of broken arms who enlist him in the First National Bank heist. Ambulance could have been a nice B series. But Bay adds to it at all levels. Too many shots, too many characters (a police chief and his dog, a gay FBI agent…), too much martial music, too many punchlines that fall flat, too many miles. Too much of everything. Even Jake Gyllenhaal makes “Crazy Danny” cases of them. S.S..

Tropic of Violence – To avoid

Drama by Manuel Schapira, 1h32

Nathacha Appanah’s bestseller becomes a Manuel Schapira film. This novel which describes the violence of a neglected youth on the island of Mayotte is transcribed without finesse, by a director who discovered this French department during filming. This lack of knowledge of the field is felt. ah

Bruno Reidal – To avoid

Drama by Vincent Le Port, 1h41

Inspired by a news item that took place in Cantal in 1905, the film tells how an obsessed young peasant, who has become a seminarian, gives himself up to the authorities, after having killed a 12-year-old child. Doctors take up his case… Cold, fetishistic, tortured, this starchy psychiatric study is extremely boring. OD


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