January 26, 2022

“Madres Paralelas”, “The Williams Method”, “Animal”… Movie reviews in theaters next week

6:00 p.m., November 27, 2021

Parallel Mothers ***

“Parallel Mothers”

(The Desire / Studiocanal 2021)

By Pedro Almodovar with Penelope Cruz, Milena Smit. 2h.

Fashion photographer Janis becomes pregnant with a married man. At the clinic, she befriends a teenage girl forced to keep her baby. Fate has a funny story in store for them… Penelope Cruz has never looked so natural in front of Pedro Almodovar’s camera: you want to wear her tight-fitting clothes, live in her apartment with art deco furniture and to be filmed with the love of a filmmaker who offers her a setting as sublime as herself. A little less to experience the anguish that its favorite director orchestrates in a deliciously twisted and feminine plot where appearances, for once, are not deceptive. BT

The Devil does not exist ***

"The Devil does not exist"

“The Devil does not exist”

(Pouyan Behagh / Pyramide Distribution)

De Mohammad Rasoulof avec Ehsan Mirhosseini, Shaghayegh Shourian. 2h32.

In Iran, the intimate struggle of several men and women to defend their freedom in a country which still applies the death penalty. To escape the censorship that applies to feature films, Rasoulof stages four short stories, apparently distinct and with very different atmospheres, to tell the moral, political and social oppression that turns lives upside down and pushes people well into the dark. lie. A harsh and uncompromising vision, magnificently portrayed, of a people rendered silent and submissive. Heartwarming. BT

Petrov’s Fever ***

Petrov's Fever

Petrov’s Fever

(Hype Film)

De Kirill Serebrennikov avec Chulpan Khamatova, Semyon Serzin. 2h25.

Taken by a nasty fever, said Petrov draws us between his dreams and his reality, his memories and his present. His rambling inspires a frantic staging that recalls Sokourov’s cinema with its hallucinatory sequence shots, Tarantino with his dark humor. Constantly changing scenery and dimensions, alternating cinema and theater, the result is a spectacle as abundant as it is tortured, where you get lost between a school party, a crowded bus and a hearse without a corpse. And where Russia, violent, excessive, gloomy, is frightening. Along the way, we discover the relatives and hauntings of the elusive Petrov. Who is he basically? Without a doubt a double of Serebrennikov trapped in his destiny as an artist disturbing the power in place … AC

Ziyara ***

Ziyara

By Simone Bitton. 1h20

In Morocco where she grew up, French filmmaker Simone Bitton takes us on a pilgrimage, “ziyara” in Arabic. Camera in hand, she visits religious shrines highlighting the very ancient proximity of Jewish and Muslim beliefs. Along the way, this documentary road movie points to the paradox of these places where Jewish memory emerges, flagrant and moving, while almost all of this community left, between the 1940s and 1970s, to live in Israel, France or elsewhere. . Letting her voice, her nostalgia, her questions be heard, the director finds the time and the right distance to exchange with her interlocutors and make us think. AC

The Williams Method ***

(Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.)

De Reinaldo Marcus Green, avec Will Smith, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton. 2h18.

Who is behind the success of Venus and Serena Williams, two of the best tenniswomen in history? Well-known to specialists, the role of their father Richard is at the heart of this successful biopic that describes behind the scenes of the incredible family factory of the Crompton champions. The film also tells about the racial and class prejudices of a sport dynamited by the blossoming of African-American sisters in the 1990s. At the center of a careful cast to teenage players, Will Smith (also producer) shines in protective and visionary father. SJ

Ghostbusters: The Legacy **

Ghostbusters: The Legacy

Ghostbusters: The Legacy

(CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)

By Jason Reitman, with Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Paul Rudd. 2:04.

A divorced forty-something leaves to settle in the dilapidated building inherited from her father with her two teenagers of 12 and 15 years. Which do not take long to discover the identity of their grandfather: Egon Spengler… Jason Reitman resumes with panache the reins of the fantastic saga of his father Ivan, director of the first two episodes. This sequel is a nice surprise, which respects mythology while reinventing it, an intelligent, generous and moving fantastic comedy by evoking the memory of the former ghostbuster Harold Ramis, who died in 2014. The filmmaker plays the card of nostalgia to the full. by multiplying the nods to the screen, reusing period soundtrack and special effects, even paying homage to a popular entertainment tradition of the 1980s (Les Goonies, Gremlins). S.B.

The attached part **

The attached part

The attached part

(PRODUCTION WORKSHOP_ORANGE STUDIO_AUVERGNE RHÔNE ALPES CINEMA)

By Antonin Peretjatko with Anaïs Demoustier, Josiane Balasko, Philippe Katerine. 1h26.

Slammed in her sinister mansion, the wealthy mother Château-Têtard fumed in her wheelchair. His asshole of only son, quadra lunaire with the voice of falsetto, married a girl too simple for his taste … Failing to spoil us with more biting lines, or this frenetic rhythm which made the salt of The Girl of July 14 and of The law of the jungle, his two previous films, Antonin Peretjatko remains faithful to his quirky irony. His humor, above all visual, relies on a disheveled and burlesque fantasy relentlessly, worthy heir to Chaplin and Jerry Lewis. A singular game to which Balasko and Katerine lend themselves without counting. AC

Animal **

“Animal”

(CAPA Studio_Bright Bright Bright_UGC Images_Orange Studio_France 2 Cinéma_2021)

By Cyril Dion. 1h45.

From giant fires in California to Asian beaches saturated with plastic waste, two teenagers roam a damaged, contaminated world. Together, they challenge the dominant, greedy and bloated system that denigrates the animal kingdom. And therefore the human … Before getting bored, this device provides an inventory that is not very reassuring but very useful for listening to scientists and heroic activists such as Jane Goodall, Claire Nouvian or Afroz Shah. Passing without transition from the “harmful subsidies” granted to industrial fishing to the visit of authentic farms of happiness run by permaculturists, one is willingly allowed to be captivated by their reflection on the empathy, to say the least capricious, of the human race towards the sea. nature. AC

The adventures of a mathematician **

The adventures of a mathematician

The adventures of a mathematician

(Dragonfly Films GmbH – Mirror Productions – Shipsboy – Zischlermann Filmproduktion GmbH – Erfttal Film und Fernsehproduktion GmbH & Co KG)

By Thorsten Klein, with Philippe Tlokinski, Esther Garrel. 1h42.

In 1942, Stanislaw Ulam, a Polish mathematician of Jewish faith, joined the American base in Los Alamos, New Mexico, to collaborate in the creation of the hydrogen bomb. Spanning seven years, from World War II to the start of the Cold War, this biopic adapted from the autobiography of its protagonist follows the development of the thermonuclear weapon while probing the motivations and doubts of a young father torn between personal, scientific and ethical considerations in a world in crisis. The fascinating background takes precedence over the form, very classic but enhanced by a neat photo. Bap.T.

Another idea of ​​the world **

Another idea of ​​the world

Another idea of ​​the world

(Madison Films)

By Bernard-Henri Levy and Marc Roussel. 1h30.

If BHL were to leave a will in the evening of his life, it could be this film which aims to be a world tour of his indignations and the causes for which he has often and faithfully fought. From Christians massacred in Nigeria to Ukraine under Russian pressure, from his dear Kurds to his Libyan or Afghan friends, from poverty in Bangladesh to migrant camps in Greece, he parades in front of our shrivels and our selfishness of spoiled children. spectacle of the oppressed and convicts of life. The film, already seen on Canal + and France 5 and available on YouTube, would have benefited from his commentary being provided by a voice other than his own, as his omnipresence throughout the sequences sometimes makes one think that it is his ego that he exposes, more than the heroes and victims he cherishes. FC

Slam *

Slam

From Partho Sen-Gupta, with Adam Bakri, Rachael Blake. 1h55.

After the disappearance of his sister, an Australian slammer of Palestinian origin, a father is confronted with the media frenzy sparked by the murder of a pilot in Syria. At the crossroads of family drama and thriller, the story tackles an explosive subject, between racism and radicalization, sketching a divided Western society in a context conducive to identity withdrawal. Its director, full of good intentions, ticks the boxes of the necessary film dedicated to denouncing amalgamation. The intention is laudable, the subject as predictable as the plot. Nothing new under the sky of a cinema focusing more on efficiency than on nuance. Bap.T.

The calendar *

“The calendar”

(Alba Films)

By Patrick Ridremont, with Eugénie Derouand, Honorine Magnier, Clément Olivieri. 1h44.

For her birthday, Eva, a paraplegic, unwraps a strange Advent calendar. It is not the traditional sweets that she discovers every day, but macabre surprises… This French horror film is based on a very original scenario, and perfectly seasonal! Inspired by American slashers, this initiatory tale declines a curse in an unhealthy and cruel atmosphere, no matter if it gradually turns into caricature. Guilty pleasure. SB