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Five fictions on desire

Five fictions on desire.

On the bilingual Movieintheair blog, I do for you a press review every Wednesday and keep the best of national and international audiovisual news.

 

 

WEEKLY NEWS

 

  • “The Human Voice”: the new Almodovar film is available on VOD and DVD.
  • Netflix is testing the sending of warnings to fight against account sharing.
  • An association of French people, French In Motion, created in Los Angeles to promote the meeting between French and American in the film industry (Source: Deadline). Martine Melloul is the President.

French In Motion Forms LA Chapter; MSR Media Hires VP Development – Deadline

 

Harpers Bazar.

  • The actor Tracy Morgan   is about to play Louis Armstrong in a biopic.
    • A project that the actor has been dreaming of for a long time and that he has decided to finance from his own pocket. The actor is rather known for his comical antics in “30 Rocks” or more recently in A Prince in New York 2, but according to Jermaine Fowler who also plays in the sequel to the 1988 film with Eddie Murphy, the dramatic talent of Tracy Morgan remains underestimated.

 

ONLINE FESTIVALS

 

  • Mank, is nominated ten times for an Oscar.

 Oscar website

  • The Father, an American film directed by a Frenchman, Florian Zeller, is nominated six times at the Oscars this year.

Oscars 2021 nominations

Where to Stream ‘Nomadland,’ ‘Minari’ and More 2021 Oscar Nominees – The New York Times

  • Israeli short film about African migrants nominated for an Oscar. Tomer Shushans film, shot in one take over one night, addresses the prejudice of much of the population and the police against black immigrants
  • The evening of the César Awards has once again given rise to controversy. But the actors of the cinema have made themselves heard. 
  • Grammy Awards: Women triumphed

    “I can’t breathe” by H.E.R, wins Best Song of the Year- Anna Taylor Swift wins Best Album for the third year in a row.

Grammy website

 

The international documentary film festival proposes a specific and federative form on CANALRÉEL. A new dematerialized festival experience, with live and simultaneous films, debates and meetings every day.

 

 

 

TRIBUTE

 

YAPHET KOTTO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOVIES AND SERIES

ALL YOU WANT TO KNOW

ABOUT

CHERRY

RUSSO BROTHERS

Desire
Cherry

 

THE PITCH 

Cherry meets Emily in high school and falls in love with her immediately.

Both live in extreme loneliness. They are inhabited by a sadness and an already disillusioned look on the world.

Emily, frightened by her love for him, decides to leave him to live in Montreal. While she decides to stay, Cherry, desperate, has joined the Marines.

 

THE  FILM

I hesitated before embarking on this two hour and twenty minute film. 

If I didn’t know better, I would never have guessed that a film of such poetry could be made by two Marvel directors.

The effects are simple and striking. Slow motion, blurs, red filter, close-ups, freeze-frames and Henry Jackman’s music give rhythm to the score of this film.

Anti-army and anti-drugs, the directors denounce the uselessness of the war and the lack of follow-up of the young people left at the front whose post-traumatic and depressive syndromes are cured with Xanax and Oxycotin.

Emily and Cherry let themselves be carried away by their desires, desire to escape, desire to die and desire to love.

The character of Cherry played by Tom Holland reminded me of the one played by Eminem in Eight Miles (in his own role) the same rage and anger against injustice inhabit them.

And the love story between the two characters is beautiful. The two actors Tom Holland and Ciara Bravo inhabit their characters. And we leave them with regret.

Cherry is an epic, a beautiful and moving film. The voiceover is like a long poem from beginning to end.

 

TO WATCH NOW ON APPLE TV 

 

BLACK NARCISSUS

CHARLOTTE BRUUS CHRISTENSEN

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Black Narcissus

THE PITCH 

Mother Superior Dorothea, played by Diana Riggs, sends Sister Superior Clodagh (Gemma Arterton) to establish a dispensary in the Himalayan palace of Mopu, a former harem in the foothills of the Himalayas.

But the Palace is preceded by a very bad reputation. In addition to its former function, successive dramas have occurred there. 

And the sisters, convinced that their faith will be enough, decide to move there. Dean (Alessandro Nivola), a British agent, arrogant and solitary, settled in the area for a long time is supposed to help them to settle down. 

Sister Superior Clodagh tries to keep a distance from everyone. Sister Ruth, on the other hand, leaves her work, fascinated by the palace.

 

THE SERIES 

New adaptation of the novel, we also remember the film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, released in 1947, with Deborah Kerr, filmed in Nepal over three episodes, Black Narcissus is bewitching. 

If you’re in the mood for escape, this is the series to see.

Located between heaven and earth, the roof of the world is the place of Hindu and Buddhist religions and the sisters have a hard time convincing the Nepalese of the benefits of their mission.

Mysticism is at its peak in this haunted palace where the wind and the climate make their daily life even more difficult. The presence of Dean adds to the sisters’ trouble, the only man in the region.

But the series is not sexist or stupidly romantic (we are not in The Thorn Birds although I liked the novel).

It is mostly about desire, faith, loneliness and renunciation. Rejection of desire, of one’s own, of the other, of others, and refusal to accept reality which inevitably leads to drama.

This series very polished and brilliantly interpreted by Gemma Arterton, Karen Bryson, Gina McKee, Jim Broadbent and Diana Rigg, (the actress died in 2020, the series is dedicated to her) is to be seen at the moment on Disney Plus.

Black Narcissus is a British drama series, adapted by novelist and screenwriter Amanda Coe. . 

TO BE SEEN ON DISNEY PLUS. 

 

 

BIG SKY

DAVID E.KELLEY

 

Desire
Big Sky

 

If you’re in the mood to be scared and you like thrillers, Disney Plus is the place to be right now. Who would have guess ?

 

THE PITCH 

Danielle, aged 18,  drives across the United States to join her boyfriend Justin in the small town of Big Sky, Montana. She is accompanied by her sister Grace, aged 16.

As it gets dark, they stall.

During the night, Justin is worried. He calls his mother, Jenny, an ex-cop who runs a private detective agency with her friend Cassie. 

The women start their investigation. And the two girls are not the only missing women in the area.

 

THE SERIES

The creator of the series, David E. Kelley, is one of the most prolific writers in Hollywood. He wrote The Undoing and Big Little Lies.

Well edited, Big Sky is an adaptation of the novel written by C.J. Box, The Highway. It takes place in the countryside unlike the other series, more urban, but still under the background of gossip and psychosis. 

Very well directed, creepy as you wish (five episodes are available, and there are sixteen in all), good and evil clash throughout, madness is always present. 

There is something Hitchcokian in this series, I do not reveal more you will certainly discover. 

The actresses and all the actors are remarkable. 

John Carroll Lynch, his look and his smile will certainly prevent you from sleeping. Seen in Zodiac, Shutter Island and The Trial of Chicago 7 (film nominated to the Oscars), he knows how to transmit all the emotions and does not deprive himself of it. 

Katheryn Winnick, Kylie Bunbury and Brian Geraghty (seen in Kathryn Bigelow’s movie The Hurt Locker) are all very good. 

A mention for the young actress Jade Pettyjohn seen this year in Little Fires Everywhere.

 

On Disney Plus 

Directors: Paul McGuigan Gwyneth Horder-Payton Tasha Smith Jennifer Lynch, Mark Tonderai, Hanelle Culpepper

 

 

THE ATTACHÉ

ELI BEN-DAVID

Désir

THE PITCH 

Avshalom, an Israeli musician who is beginning to have some notoriety follows his wife Annabelle in Paris who becomes an attaché at the Israeli embassy. He arrives in Paris with his son on the day of November 13, 2015…

THE SERIES

Eli Ben David carries the series.

The mix of the two languages (French and Hebrew) in the acting of the French actors does not always work.

But we want to know what will become of Avshalom,  the wandering of this man, who has a need for fame and recognition and who finally finds himself anonymous, lost, in search of identity in a city and a country he does not know.

With  Eli Ben David (The Cousin, Anachnu BaMapa) joue également aux côtés de Héloïse Godet (Cologne PD, Fool Moon), Ilay Lax, Patrick Braoudé (Divorce Club, The 15:17 to Paris) et Florence Block (Ha-E, That’s the Way You Love).

 

Two épisodes on Canal+.

 

 

BEHIND HER EYES

STEVE LIGHTFOOT

 

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THE PITCH 

Louise is a young single mother of a little boy. One evening she has a date in a bar with a friend. Her friend doesn’t show up, but she falls in love with a dark-haired, smiling man who kisses her and runs away.

The next day, when she goes to work, she discovers that the new psychiatrist David Ferguson is the man she met the day before and that he is …married.

So far, nothing very original, except that while accompanying her son to school, Louise accidentally meets his wife Adele. They have a coffee together and have one thing in common, they both have night terrors.

 

THE SERIES

This well-acted six-episode mini-series takes us on a journey of love, sex and madness.

The first few episodes have a hard time getting started but it is worth watching because of its originality, if not in the treatment then at least in the story. Eve Hewson and Simona Brown lead us by the nose and we absolutely do not expect the end!

 

With Eve Hewson, Tom Bateman, Simona Brown.

To be seen now on Netflix.

 

 

 

2. YOUR MOVIES

AND SERIES TO COME 

Movies about the past

 

In VOD on Prime US

A movie on salsa : Strictly Salsa, The Beginning, by Taraq Qureshi. A story of friendship and dance on an island

 

TRAILERS

Tina Turner, a new documentary, to come this summer, by DAN LINDSAY & T.J. MARTIN.

 

The Mauritanian, by Kevin Macdonald (director of Life in a Day on Youtube), with Jodie Foster & Tahar Rahim ( Golden Globes nomination this year).

TRAILER HERE

 

Land, by Robin Wright

TRAILER HERE

Nomadland, by Chloé Zhao

TRAILER HERE

 

Délicieux, by Eric Besnard, with Grégory Gadebois, Isabelle Carré.

 

 

Every breath you take,  by Rob Reiner, screenwriter David Murray. With Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Sam Claflin et Veronica Ferres.

 

 

City of lies, by Brad Furman, with Johnny Depp, Forest Whitaker.

 

 

Here are the young men, by Eoin Macken, with Anya Taylor-Joy,  (The Queen’s Gambit), Travis Fimmel.

 

In the Heights, from  Lin-Manuel Miranda and director Jon M. Chu

 

 

Eugénie Grandet,from novel by Balzac, directes by Marc DUGAIN, with Valérie Bonneton & Olivier Gourmet

 

 

 

3.

WEEKLY TIPS & OPINIONS

FROM PROFESSIONALS

 WRITERS, SCREENWRITERS, DIRECTORS, COMPOSERS…

 

 

A book on Jean-Pierre Melville

William Friedckin masterclass

Talks with Bruno Podalydès

Interview (Audio): Mickey Fisher. A podcast conversation with the creator by Scott Myers 

Five Books I Have Read Ten Times. Are They That Good? by Douglas Perkins 

The Business of Screenwriting: They will pigeonhole you (and why this can be a good thing)  by Scot

Interview (Audio): Mickey Fisher. A podcast conversation with the creator…  by Scott Myers | Mar, 2

 

 

4.

YOUR WEEKLY PROGRAM

17 TO 24 MARCH

 

War

 

 

 

Wednesday 17

France 2: Les Chatouilles (review on this blog, click here)

LCP: Assad, la dynastie de l’horreur

CStar: Basic Instinct

Arte: La-part-des-anges

Canal+: The Quarry

 

Thursday 18

Arte : En Thérapie

Canal+ : Vickings

M6: This is us

W9: Le Monde de Narnia 1

LCP : PMA-GPA : les enfants ont la parole

France4 : Au rythme des saisons

Chérie25: Le bonhomme de neige

 

Friday 19

Canal+ : The Gentlemen

France 5 : Noire

Arte : Parents à perpétuité, de Florian Schwartz

 

Saturday 20

Arte: Pasteur et Koch , soirée spécial microbes 

 

Sunday 21

TF1 : Aquaman

Culture box: Micro

Arte : Mal de pierres

 

Monday 22

France 5 : Le Samouraï

Canal+ : It’s a sin

Arte : La flèche brisée, de Delmer Daves

 

Tuesday  23

Canal+: L’Ombre de Staline

France 5 : Erdogan

NRJ: La ligue des gentlemen extraordinaires

Arte : Les damnés de la commune

 

Wednesday 24

Arte : Capharnaüm

 

5.

ON YOUR PLATFORMS

guerre

ARTE

 

 

DOCUMENTARY

 

Simone Signoret-figure-libre

John & Yoko

Rita-hayworth-gloire-et-blessures/

Lotte-lenya-pourquoi-je-souffre-tant/

Joan Baez

Mee too, la libération de la parole

 

SERIES

MUM

 

MOVIE 

 

After The Wedding, by Susanne Bier with Mads Mikkelsen

Un amour de jeunesse, by Mia Hansen Love

Comment voler un million de dollars, de William Wyler, avec Audrey Hepburn, musique de John Williams

 

 

La Chaîne Parlementaire

LCP offers you a lot of good documentaries: here

 

La Cinémathèque Française

 

All retrospectives are postponed.

On Henri plateform, a cult movie everyday

 

 

Your movies and series about

desire

to watch  on NETFLIX

(CLICK ON THE LINK TO WATCH THE TRAILER)

 

 

Sky Rojo, three prostitutes on the run. By the creator of  La Casa de Papel, Alex Pina & Esther Martinez Lobato, as from March 19th. 2 seasons of eight episodes.

 

A week away, musical inspired by Dirty Dancing, directed by Roman White with Bailee Madison, Sherri Shepherd, starting March 26th.

 

Paper Lives, by Can Ulkay

 

Lupin, part 2, this summer, by George Kay & François Uzan

 

Madame Claude, by Sylvie Verheyde, with Karole Rocher, Roschdy Zem, Garance Marillier, Pierre Deladonchamps & Annabelle Belmondo.

 

 

The Irregulars, by Tom Bidwel, as from March 26.

 

 

Your movies and series about

desire

to watch on Prime Video

 

 

Boyhood, by Richard Linklater

 

 

Without remorse, by Stefano Sollima, with Michael B. Jordan (April 30)

 

Un Prince à New York (Coming to America) (2)

 

 

 

Your movies and series on

desire

 to watch on Canal+

 

 

Tout Simplement Noir,  by Jean-Pascal ZADI et Tom Wax

 

Été 85 , by François Ozon

 

Blackkklansman, by Spike Lee, with John David Washington (Tenet, Malcom & Marie) – Adam Driver (Marriage Story, Star Wars, The Report, The Dead Don’t Die…)

 

 

 

Mignonnes, by Maimouna Doucoure

 

 

 

Les Chatouilles, by Andréa Bescond

 

 

It’s a sin, by Russel T Davies.

 

Let them talk, by Steven Soderbergh, with Meryl Streep, in April

 

Your movies and series about

desire

 to watch on Starzplay

 

 

 

We are who we are (review here), by Luca Guadagnino.

 

The Luminaries, adapted from the eponymous novel by Eleanor Catton with Eva Green

 

 

 

Your movies and series about

desire

 to watch on

Apple TV

 

 

Central Park, by Loren Bouchard avec Josh Gad (Birdie), Leslie Odom Jr.

 

 

Losing Alice by Sigal Ivan, with Ayelet Zurer (listen to the French podcast Falafel Cinema on Ayelet Zurer): the story of two women who would do anything to do a movie.

 

Billie Ellish

Palmer , by  Fisher Stevens,  Justin Timberlake, Juno Temple, Alisha Wainwirght

The Mosquito Coast, adapted from the novel written by Paul Theroux, as from April 30,  by Neil Cross & Tom Bissel, with Justin Theroux & Mélissa George.

 

 

Your movies and series about

desire

to watch on

DISNEY+ 

 

 

Cruella, by Craig Gillespie, with Emma Stone

 

 

The Falcon and the winter soldier, by Kari Skogland 

 

 

 

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