Starring Jalil Lespert, Louise Bourgoin, Mélanie Doutey.
What’s this ? The manager of a small sawmill in Jura despairs of having a child with his wife, co-director of the company. He engages in a passionate relationship with a client newly settled in the region, who is quick to tell him that she is pregnant.
How is it ? The director of AVANT L’AUBE signs a captivating intimate drama, against a backdrop of troubled masculinity and the quest for paternity. Punctuated by some improbabilities, its suspense is nevertheless effective. Faced with an inhabited Jalil Lespert, Mélanie Doutey and Louise Bourgoin make the most of summarily drawn characters.
Available on the Beaubien Cinema Online
The Good girls (Las ninas bien)
Mexican drama directed by Alejandra Márquez Abella
Starring Ilse Salas, Flavio Medina, Cassandra Ciangherotti.
What’s this ? In Mexico, in 1982, Sofia de Garay, perfect housewife, married to a very rich entrepreneur, saw her life as a big bourgeois collapse when the economic crisis hit her small social circle hard.
How is it ? This biting satire on the misery of the rich is gripping and well observed, but lacks a little depth, because it limits itself to telling the shipwreck of superficial characters. The direction, the music and the artistic direction, however, are fascinatingly strange, as is Ilse Salas’ game, which humanizes a character yet close to caricature.
Available on the Modern Cinema website online
American comedy directed by Michael Angelo Covino
Starring Michael Angelo Covino, Kyle Marvin, Gayle Rankin.
What’s this ? Over the years, the complex relationship of a self-centered, passionate cycling seducer with his childhood friend, a good and deceptively naive individual who lacks character and ambition.
How is it ? Two Quebec songs from the 1970s creep strangely into this irresistible first feature film by American francophile Michael Angelo Covino. Written with her endearing co-star Kyle Marvin, the elliptical tale of friendship, rich, refreshing and realistic, is staged with ease, in a series of highly elaborate sequence shots.
Available in video on demand
American drama directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Starring Jason Segel, Dakota Johnson, Casey Affleck.
What’s this ? When his wife is diagnosed with cancer, a war correspondent gets the unconditional help of a family friend. To keep the house in order but also to distract the couple’s two young girls, oblivious to the seriousness of their mother’s condition.
How is it ? From an article published in the journal Esquire, where the author pays homage to a devoted friend while unabashedly describing the ugliness of the disease that took his wife’s life, Gabriela Cowperthwaite shot a tearful, laboriously constructed film that shows a aseptic vision of death. Although endearing, Jason Segel has no connection with the intense Casey Affleck.
What’s this ? Benefiting from a parole, a rough sexagenarian comes to settle in the old family sugar shack, far from the bustle of the city. She is soon joined by her lover, a Frenchwoman, twenty years her junior, whom she knew in prison.
How is it ? Denis Côté (CURLING, BESTIAIRE) amazes with this very well-written story of love and redemption, the conclusion of which pours into a destabilizing black humor. True to himself, Côté signs a clean and very precise staging. Both intimidating and poignant, Pierrette Robitaille offers a memorable composition, within an impeccable cast.
What’s this ? Balram Halwai recounts the steps that took him from his poor village to the head of one of the largest companies in modern India. In doing so, he explains how he served several masters, before becoming one himself.
How is it ? This adaptation of Aravind Adiga’s novel offers a biting reflection on servitude, a sort of anti-SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE to the tunes of GOODFELLAS. Carried by a supercharged production, the film by Ramin Bahrani (99 HOMES) impresses with its eyes that are both cynical and lucid, and by the remarkable play of Adarsh Gourav, a real revelation.
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