Masterful, melancholy, refined… The cinema releases of October 19

♦ NMR ****

by Cristian Mungiu

Romanian film, 2 h 05

Matthias, an assembly line worker in a German slaughterhouse, returns home to Transylvania where the local factory, due to a lack of manpower, has to recruit three Sri Lankan workers. Their presence will warm the spirits and awaken community tensions in this village, where Romanians, Hungarians and descendants of Germans have always rubbed shoulders. As its title suggests (RMN is the equivalent of IRM in French), the film passes through the spectrometer the individual and collective fears that agitate Europe today. Cristian Mungiu signs here a masterful fable, unfairly ignored at the last Cannes Film Festival, and confirms the talent of a great filmmaker.

» READ THE REVIEW. Cannes 2022: “RMN”, the masterful fable of Cristian Mungiu

» READ THE INTERVIEW. Cristian Mungiu: “If the far right is progressing in Europe, we should not be surprised”

♦ Eo***

by Jerzy Skolimowski

Polish film, 1 h 27

Once upon a time there was a donkey in a Polish circus, pampered by his trainer. Then came the time of the forced separation. And the beginning of a wandering through Europe where this solitary quadruped, with a melancholy gaze, under his resigned air, has every opportunity to observe humanity, while walking towards his tragic destiny. Jury Prize at the last Cannes Film Festival, this film marks the return to cinema of Jerzy Skolimowski with a visual poem and a meditation on humanity.

» READ THE REVIEW. “Eo”: the world at the height of a donkey

» READ THE INTERVIEW. Jerzy Skolimowski, director of Eo: “A song of love and a cry of protest for animals”

♦ The Pharaoh, the Savage and the Princess ***

by Michel Ocelot

Franco-Belgian animated film, 1 h 23

Michel Ocelot reconnects with the short stories of which he has the secret, mischievous and profound fables on freedom and love in ancient Egypt, medieval Auvergne and the palaces of Istanbul. True to his refined style, the creator of Kirikou combines the relevance of the message and the beauty of the work. From Thebes to Istanbul, from palaces to castles, from colonnades to arabesques, the eminently theatrical staging plays on contrasting decors, plunged into semi-darkness or bathed in variegated colors and shimmering gilding.

» READ THE REVIEW. “The Pharaoh, the Savage and the Princess” by Michel Ocelot: three tales for fun

» READ THE INTERVIEW. Michel Ocelot: “Learning to disobey bad orders”

♦ A couple ***

by Frederick Wiseman

French film, 1 h 03

Frederick Wiseman directs Sophia Tolstoy in a garden on a summer day. Loving and unhappy, she reviews the stages of her conjugal shipwreck with Léon, her husband who has become a stranger in her eyes. The director alternates monologue scenes with shots of trees, flowers, insects and water bursting with life, radiating contrast and counterpoint with this saddened confession interpreted with restraint and dignity by Nathalie Boutefeu.

» READ THE REVIEW. “A couple”: Sophia and Leo Tolstoy, the painful monologue of a loss of love

♦ Yuku and the Himalayan Flower ***

by Rémi Durin and Arnaud Demuynck

French, Belgian and Swiss animated film, 1 h 05 (from 5 years old)

In order to help her storytelling grandmother on her last journey to the depths of the earth, the young heroine, Yuku – a little mouse – sets off in search of the Himalayan flower that offers eternal light in this afterlife. underground… Playful and playful musical fable, this animated feature film is a visual caress and a touching story of mourning.

» READ THE REVIEW. “Yuku and the Himalayan flower”, art against fear

The New Toy **

by James Huth

French film, 1 h 52

This farce on the class struggle bluntly denounces the cynical behavior of the very rich convinced that money can buy everything, but also the greed of those who serve them, ready for all humiliations for a few crumbs of the cake. This new version of Toy by Francis Veber with Pierre Richard released in 1979 is undoubtedly funnier, but also much more harmless.

» READ THE REVIEW. “The new toy”: the billionaire, the child-king and their latest acquisition

Belle and Sébastien, new generation **

by Pierre Core

French film, 1 h 36

A little Parisian, a stranger to the mountain world where he spends two summer weeks with his aunt and a hostile grandmother, Sébastien fears Belle, a patou dog that everyone describes as unpredictable. But he becomes close to her in a mutual taming when he understands that she is undergoing violence (offscreen but still trying). In the absence of any real originality, this modern rereading of the adventures of Cécile Aubry’s heroes takes up the ingredients that made it so successful.

» READ THE REVIEW. “Belle and Sébastien, new generation”: a little Parisian lost in the mountains

♦ Hallelujah, the words of Leonard Cohen **

by Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine

American documentary, 1 h 58

In the mid-1980s, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan met in a café in the 14th arrondissement of Paris for a conversation that has remained famous. Dylan congratulated Cohen on his song Hallelujah and asked his permission to interpret it. Beyond the anecdote, a stubborn, austere and meditative creative process is revealed through the story of Hallelujah. Symbol of a whole work, of a whole life, the song serves as a narrative thread for a documentary touched by the grace of the man it honours.

» READ THE REVIEW. Leonard Cohen, in the light of “Hallelujah”

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