6 posts categorized "French Cinema"

April 30, 2019

FOCUS ON CANNES 2019: LA BELLE ÉPOQUE —NICOLAS BEDOS

LA BELLE EPOQUE

"Victor (Daniel Auteuil), a jaded sixty-something, has his life turned upside down the day that Antoine (Guillaume Canet), a flourishing entrepreneur, offers him a unique new brand of entertainment. Using a combination of theatrical artifice and historical re-enactment, his company gives its clients the opportunity to delve back into the period of their choice. Victor decides to relive the most memorable week of his existence, 40 years earlier, when he met the love of his life."

NICOLAS BEDOS

French actor-comedian-filmmaker Nicolas Bedos directs his second film, to be screened Out of Competition. French acting royalty Daniel Auteuil, Guillaume Canet, and the great Fanny Ardant star in this drama with comic underpinnings. There is no sense attending Cannes if you aren’t going to sample the latest works from French filmmakers.

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April 27, 2019

FOCUS ON CANNES 2019: SIBYL —JUSTINE TRIET

Sibyl (Justine Triet)

Sibyl, a jaded psychotherapist, returns to her first passion: writing. But her newest patient Margot, a troubled up-and-coming actress, proves to be a source of inspiration that is far too tempting. Fascinated almost to the point of obsession, Sibyl becomes more and more involved in Margot’s tumultuous life, reviving volatile memories that bring her face to face with her past.

Justine Triet

French auteur Justine Triet shifted from documentaries to features in 2013 with “Age of Panic,” a politically charged drama with comic underpinnings. Triet’s 2016 romantic comedy “In Bed With Victoria” became her second César Award nomination for Best Film.

Justine Triet’s latest film “Sibyl,” is a psychological drama in the running for the Palme d’Or that stars the incomparable Adèle Exarchopoulos.

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April 20, 2019

FOCUS ON CANNES 2019: OH MERCY! —ARNAUD DEPLECHIN

Oh Mercy!

"Christmas night in Roubaix. Police chief Daoud roams the city. Burnt out cars, violent altercations… In the face of poverty, deception and distress, Daoud knows who is lying and who is telling the truth. Fresh out of the police academy, Louis has recently joined Daoud’s crew. Young, awkward and easily misled, he constantly misunderstands those he encounters. Daoud and Louis are confronted with the murder of an old woman. The old woman’s neighbours – two young women, Claude and Marie – are arrested. They are addicts, alcoholics, lovers… With words, rising beyond the horror of their crime, Daoud will find a way to give two murderers back their humanity."

Arnaud Desplechin

The incomparable Léa Seydoux stars in this policier from Cannes staple Arnaud Desplechin. French auteurs don't come much better than Desplechin, whose ability to create thematically driven stories rooted in the deepest canals of human nature can take your breath away. Like his exquisite film "A Christmas Tale," "Oh Mercy! is set during the Christian holiday. Showing in competition, "Oh Mercy" marks Desplechin's sixth film to compete for the Palme d'Or. This could well be Desplechin's big year in Cannes. 

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