Films as of November 29th
Your films as of November 29th
Io Capitano, Matteo Garrone
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The Breaking Ice, Anthony Chen
With Zhou Dongyu, Liu Haoran, Qu Chuxiao
It’s winter in Yanji, a town in northern China on the border with Korea. Haofeng has come from Shanghai for a wedding and is feeling a little lost.
By chance, he meets Nana, a young tourist guide who fascinates him. She introduces him to Xiao, a cook friend. The three of them quickly bond after their first festive evening together. This intense encounter continues, bringing them face to face with their own histories and secrets.
Their desires slowly unravel, like the landscapes and snowy forests of Mount Changbai.
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Filmed just after the Covid, director Anthony Chen was keen to get back to the great outdoors.
He takes us to the heart of the Chinese town of Yanji, in the middle of winter, where three young people, a little lost, on the eve of making decisive choices for their lives, meet.
Three young people, three borders, China, North Korea (“I love you” shouts the heroine), South Korea and three states of one element, water. Here, blocks of ice, a frozen lake, cold nights where Haofeng, Xiao and Nana wander in search of fun and freedom.
As well as the beauty of the locations and the scenes between the three characters, the film is captivating for the message of hope it carries right to the very end.
Anthony Chen: “I find it fascinating that water solidifies into ice quite quickly at low temperatures, and when the sun or heat comes into play, it quickly melts back into water. There’s something about that idea that drew me in, and without having a clear idea of the story or plot I wanted to write, I knew I wanted to capture that feeling – that of three young people bonding and developing a relationship in a relatively short space of time. …Yanji, because half the population is of Korean origin and speaks the language. As you explore the city, you sometimes forget that you’re in China. This blend of two cultures is all the more in keeping with the themes explored by the film: these young characters are searching for a sense of identity and all find themselves in this semi-foreign country.”
Award: CANNES FESTIVAL, Un certain regard – 2023
In cinemas now.
Mars Express, Jérémie Périn
Screenplay Jérémie Périn & Laurent Sarfati
Starring: Léa Drucker, Mathieu Amalric, Daniel Njo Lobé, Marie Bouvet
In the year 2200, stubborn private detective Aline Ruby and her android partner Carlos Rivera are hired by a wealthy businessman to capture a notorious hacker on Earth.
Back on Mars, a new case leads them to venture into the bowels of Noctis, the Martian capital, in search of Jun Chow, a missing cybernetics student. Noctis is their city, a libertarian utopia made possible by advances in robotics, an emblem of a future turned towards the stars.
In the course of their investigation, they come face to face with their city’s darkest secrets: its corrupt institutions, its trafficking, its brain farms, and the shenanigans of its powerful corporations.
But Jun Chow has also been targeted by cyber-augmented killers.
Aline and Carlos are in a desperate race to save this young woman, who unknowingly holds a secret that could threaten the precarious balance on which their civilisation is based.
YES OR NO?
Like the animated film Les Maîtres du Temps, directed by René Laloux and based on drawings by Moebius, released in 1982 and inspired by the science fiction novel L’Orphelin de Perdide by Stefan Wul, Mars Express plunges us into a totally cyberpunk universe where every detail is meticulously crafted.
Throughout the film, we follow the breathtaking investigation led by Aline Ruby and Carlos Rivera.
The film begins on Earth and continues on Mars.
Yet no matter where they live, human beings are not changing their behaviour and are wondering where they will go to live when Mars is no longer habitable.
Immortality is defeated. Human brains are transferred to robots.
But A.I., our current preoccupation, is still the subject of debate.
In a city reminiscent of Los Angeles in its sprawl and pop colours, the robots are dislodged by pirates and discover free will. The master of these robots, who is very reminiscent of Elon Musk, has decided to replace them with augmented organic robots.
At the heart of this intrigue are the students, including Jun Chow, who are renting out their brains to big companies (in the same way as interns and work-study students in big companies today).
You’ll be mesmerised by the beauty of the images, the multitude of actions in each shot, the music and the aesthetics of this fabulous animated film starring an engaging duo of policemen.
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Perfect Days, Wim Wenders
Screenplay Takuma Takasaki
With Koji Yakusho, Tokio Emoto, Arisa Nakano, Min Tanaka,
Hirayama works as a cleaner in Tokyo’s public toilets. He thrives on a simple life and a highly structured daily routine. He has a passion for music, books and trees, which he likes to photograph. His past is about to resurface through unexpected encounters.
YES OR NO?
Wim Wenders “The film came about through a letter I received at the beginning of last year:
Would you be interested in shooting a series of short fiction films in Tokyo, perhaps 4 or 5, each lasting 15 to 20 minutes? These films would all deal with an extraordinary public social project, involve the work of great architects, and we’d make sure you could develop the scripts yourself and get the best possible distribution. And we guarantee you total artistic freedom.”
Wim Wenders likes to film documentaries as fiction and fiction as documentary.
Hirayama, the film’s hero, takes us to the heart of Tokyo, to the city’s public toilets, architectural marvels.
A man with a settled routine, Hirayama loves art and literature. Every day is a new chance for him to discover beautiful things, and whatever happens, he finds something positive in events.
Quiet and handsome, each expression on his face is worth a thousand words, just like the photographs of the immense trees he takes with his Olympus. Each day is like a new piece of music that he listens to on cassette.
For Hirayama, time stopped a long time ago, but for the rest of us it flies by at a high speed.
After the documentary on the gigantic artist Anselm, Wim Wenders once again speaks to us about time, in a contemplative approach, with no desire to change anything and finding joy in every moment of everyday life.
In cinemas today!
Cesária Évora, la diva aux pieds nus, Ana Sofia Fonseca
With Cesária Évora.
Cesária Évora sang her song Sodade in 1992, bringing her international recognition at the age of 51.
For a long time a simple bar singer in Cape Verde, the legend we know has not always known glory, if not poverty. A deeply free woman, generous and well surrounded, the “Barefoot Diva.
YES OR NO?
What Cesaria Evora has in common – apart from her talent – with the great jazz singers is that she had a difficult life – she has been compared to Billie Holliday – and found success very late in life.
The director tells us about her life, which is linked to the painful colonial history of Cape Verde. An island from which slaves left for Sao Tomé and to which she paid tribute in her song and album title “Miss Perfumado”.
A free woman as few were in her time in Cape Verde, she decided everything. She was generous – she had gone hungry as a child – and her house was open day and night to anyone in need of food, shelter or human warmth.
Most of the archive footage comes from personal images and videos filmed by those close to her, but it is she, who grew up barefoot, who is at the centre of the documentary. No re-enactments or testimonies, but a documentary that feels like a family film.
Without her, Cape Verde would not be known the world over.
“I am who I am thanks to Cesária Évora. My grandmother broke all the barriers that were imposed on the women of her time. Her freedom was a pure act of rebellion. Although she wasn’t familiar with the term “female emancipation”, she always defended women’s rights, on a daily basis, through her way of life.
I often give talks on female emancipation and my inspiration is always my grandmother. Even today in Cape Verde, she is a reference on this subject.” – Janete Évora”.
In cinemas today.
FILMS IN MOVIE THEATERS AS OF NOVEMBER 29th
Dumb Money, Craig GILLESPIE (Moi, Tonya)
The incredible true story of an ordinary man and his followers who shook up Wall Street by betting on GameStop, a company no one believed in. By committing all his savings to a crazy bet, Keith Gill and those who decided to follow him made lots and lots of money: Wall Street has its new wolves. But what makes some richer makes others poorer, and it won’t be long before the billionaires of the investment funds strike back…
La Tresse, Laetitia Colombani
With Kim Raver, Fotinì Peluso, Mia Maelzer
Three lives, three women, three continents. Three battles to fight. Although they don’t know each other, Smita, Giulia and Sarah are unknowingly linked by their most intimate and singular bond.
Conann, Bertrand Mandico
With Elina Löwensohn, Christa Théret, Julia Riedler
Travelling through the abyss, underworld dog Rainer recounts the six lives of Conann, perpetually put to death by her own future, across eras, myths and ages. From her childhood, enslaved by Sanja and her barbarian horde, to her rise to the heights of cruelty at the gateway to our world.
Wish – Asha et la bonne étoile, Chris Buck, Fawn Veerasunthorn
With Océane Demontis, Ariana DeBose, Evan Peters
Asha, a quick-witted 17-year-old devoted to her loved ones, lives in Rosas, a kingdom where literally every wish can be granted. In a moment of despair, she makes a wish to the stars that is answered by a cosmic force: a small ball of infinite energy called Star.
Les Filles vont bien, Itsaso Arana
Starring Bárbara Lennie, Irene Escolar, Helena Ezquerro
It’s summertime. A group of young women gather in a house in the countryside to rehearse a play. Sheltered from the sweltering heat, they share their knowledge of friendship, play, love, abandonment and death, with the secret hope of becoming better people.
Édouard Louis, ou la transformation, François Caillat
With Edouard Louis
Edouard Louis, ou la transformation tells the story of the metamorphosis of a boy from a sub-proletarian background in Picardy into a star of French cultural life. In the space of a few years, Edouard Louis has become the writer and spokesman for a generation, urging us all to make permanent transformation a new way of life.
With Marc Zinga, Lucie Debay, Eliane Umuhire
After 15 years away, Koffi returns to the Congo to introduce his pregnant wife to her family. Considered a sorcerer by his own people, he meets three other characters who, like him, want to free themselves from the weight of their beliefs and the constraints they face.
Only through mutual support and reconciliation can they break free.
Renaissance : A Film By Beyoncé, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
1 December 2023 / Concert
By Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
Starring Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
RENAISSANCE: A FILM BY BEYONCÉ traces the journey of the RENAISSANCE WORLD TOUR, from its inception and first date in Stockholm, Sweden, to its final date in Kansas City, Missouri.
Les Petits mâles, Laurent Metterie, Camille Froidevaux-Metterie
Les Petits mâles gives a voice to some thirty boys aged between 7 and 18, met all over France and from all walks of life.We asked them about the issues that are at the heart of feminist struggles today: physical appearance and aesthetic injunctions, love and friendships, sexism and sexual violence…
Movies to come (and we are looking forward to it):
The Color Purple, Blitz Bazawule (“Black Is King,” “The Burial of Kojo”) and produced by Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Scott Sanders and Quincy Jones.
Expected December 25th.
Bottoms, Emma Seligman
Wonka, Paul King, in December.
The Zone of Interest, Jonathan Glazer and starring Sandra Hüller, Christian Friedel, Ralph Herforth.
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FILMS & SERIES PROGRAM ON TV AS OF NOVEMBER 29TH
Mercredi – Wednesday 29
Arte : Rescue dawn
Jeudi – Thursday 30
Canal + : Love & Death
Arte : Life on Mars
Vendredi- Friday 1er
France 5 : Subway
Arte : Le bébé et le clochard
Gulli : Qui veut la peau de Roger Rabbit ?
Samedi – Saturday 2
France 4 : Maria by Callas
Dimanche – Sunday 3
France 2 : En attendant Bojangles
Arte : Minority Report
C8 : César & Rosalie
Lundi – Monday 4
France 3 : La fille au bracelet
France 5 : Animal
Canal + : Pamela Rose la série
Arte : Le diable par la queue
Mardi – Tuesday 5
Canal + : L’amour et les forêts
France 2 : Première année
Mercredi – Wednesday 6
Arte : Dark Waters
ARTE ‘ FILMS & SERIES AS OF NOVEMBER 29TH
Le métis de dieu, Ilan Duran Cohen
Played by Laurent Lucas, energetic and tormented, this is an emotional portrait of Cardinal Lustiger, a major player in Jewish-Christian reconciliation. A captivating TV film, also starring Aurélien Recoing, Pascal Greggory and Nathalie Richard.
Compartment n° 6
Full of delicacy and humour, Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen’s second feature, following the acclaimed “Olli Mäki”, recounts the meeting of two solitudes during a snowy journey to the far reaches of post-Soviet Russia.
Moscow, 1996. Finnish Laura, an archaeology student in Russia, has just been dumped by her girlfriend and sets off on a train journey to Murmansk to admire the Kanozero petroglyphs, rock paintings dating back 10,000 years. On this 2,000-kilometre journey, she has to share her sleeping car, compartment 6, with Ljoha, a Russian miner. At first repulsed by his rudeness, his obscene flirtatious remarks, his alcoholism and his constant smoking, Laura, over the course of this six-day journey beyond the Arctic Circle, ends up taking a liking to this young man who is as lonely as she is.
Cycle Jasujirô OZU: 10 films in restored versions and 1 previously unseen documentary, from November 8 to April 29.
A keen observer of the torments of the Japanese soul, Ozu left a body of work of over fifty films, cited as an example by Jim Jarmusch and Aki Kaurismäki, that bears witness to the upheavals of the pre- and post-war periods.
There are no palace intrigues or clashing knives, as with his illustrious colleagues Kurosawa or Mizoguchi, but a total devotion to contemporary, naturalistic family stories.
Orlando, my political biography
How is the figure of Orlando, imagined by Virginia Woolf, embodied today? In his first highly personal documentary, philosopher and activist Paul B. Preciado teams up with trans and non-binary people to deliver a queer, deeply political re-reading of this key novel of modernity.
Freedom, equality, sisterhood
In preparation for a conference, a group of feminists selected by an association meet for the first time. Ideological divisions, explosive debates and unforeseen affinities will make for a lively weekend. A humorous reflection on activism and intersectionality.
Life on Mars – Season 1 (1/8)
Following an accident in the middle of an investigation, a police inspector finds himself mysteriously propelled back to 1973… A cult series in the UK, with a delightful blend of thriller and fantasy set against a backdrop of seventies rock.
The whole series on 14 November.
While accompanying fragile patients on the road to recovery, a psychiatric nurse is overtaken by his own demons. Set against a sumptuous Australian landscape, “Wakefield” raises powerful questions about the notions of reason and unreason.
Sous la neige
In Austria, a family moves to the mountains to treat their daughter’s asthma. Alma is soon plagued by recurring visions of the tragic death of a young woman. A thriller with fantastic overtones, the ‘Under the Snow’ series features a mother torn between her instincts and her rationality, between her love for her daughter and a hostile village community.
In France’s coldest village, a writer in crisis finds himself on the trail of a serial killer with a devious imagination, alongside a gendarme who’s a little too Cartesian… A delicious blend of thriller and comedy, a series in the form of a snowy treasure hunt.
With Polar Park, director Gérald Hustache-Mathieu brings back to life the endearing heroes of his film Poupoupidou (2011), a mismatched duo of investigators played by Jean-Paul Rouve and Guillaume Gouix.
Your films and series to watch as of November 29th on Netflix
Bodies, created by Susie Liggat, now.
Four detectives living in four different eras – 1890, 1941, 2023 and 2053 – discover the same body in London’s Whitechapel district and try to solve the case.
Sex Education, season 4, Laurie Nunn, now.
Robbie Williams, Joe Pearlman, now.
After 25 years of his record-breaking solo career, Robbie looks back on his younger self and reflects on a lifetime spent in the spotlight.
Le dernier Vermeer, Dan Friedkin avec Guy Pearce, Claes Bang. As of November 30th
At the end of the Second World War, Joseph Piller investigates Han van Meegeren, a famous Dutch painter accused of conspiring with the Nazis to sell Hermann Göring a Vermeer painting. Despite all the evidence against him, Piller is convinced of Han van Meegeren’s innocence and finds himself in the difficult position of fighting to save him.
May December, by Todd Haynes, starring Cory Michael Smith, Julianne Moore, Natalie Portman, as of Dec 1st.
Yellow Door:’90s Lo-fi Film Club, Bong Joon-Hoo, now.
Nyad, Annette Bening & Jodie Foster. Now.
Nyad directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin starring Annette Bening, Jodie Foster.
Leave the world behind, by Sam Esmail (Mr Robot), produced by Obama couple.
As of December 8th,, with Julia Roberts, Ethan Hawke & Mahershala Ali
A couple book a luxurious weekend at a Long Island villa, but the stay turns into a nightmare when the owner of the house suddenly arrives to seek refuge with his daughter, warning the family that a terrible catastrophe threatens the world. “Without telephone, television or Internet, the tenants are plunged into uncertainty. Can they really trust their hosts?
Maestro, by and with Bradley Cooper, and Carey Mulligan, as of December 20th.
Damsel, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Millie Bobby Brown, in 2024.
Your films and series to watch as of November 29th on Prime Video
Wilderness, by Marnie Dickens, starring Jenna Coleman & Will & Oliver Jackson-Cohen, now.
The Lost flowers of Alice Hart, Sarah Lambert.
Reacher season 2, as of December 15th
Candy Cane Lane, as of December 1st
Saltburn, Emerald Fennell, Nov 24
Un stupéfiant Noël, Arthur Sanigou, as of December 8th
Your Christmas or mine, as of December 8th
Your films and series to watch as of November 29th on Canal+
The undeclared war, Peter Kosminsky : a must-see.
D’argent et de sang, Xavier Giannoli, now.
The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon, Angela Kang et Scott M. Gimple avec Norman Reedus (Daryl), Clémence Poésy (Isabelle)
Daryl Dixon wakes up stranded without knowing how or why on the European continent. As he tries to find his way home, he learns more about this devastated France, meeting new characters with whom bonds are forged. His journey has a long way to go.
Alexia, autopsy of a feminicide
Is there anything worse than losing one’s child, martyred, strangled and whose body was abandoned in a forest before being set on fire? Nothing, except perhaps living with the murderer afterwards…
A friend of the family, Nick Antosca,from 28 November
In the 1970s, Robert Berchtold, a close friend and neighbour of the Brobergs, develops an unhealthy obsession with young Jan and abducts her several times. Manipulated, the Brobergs can’t imagine that their friend would harm their daughter.
Love and death, by Lesli Linka Glatter and written by David E. Kelley.
From 30 November
Starring Elizabeth Olsen, Jesse Plemons et Lily Rab
Candy Montgomery is the perfect housewife. One day, she’s fed up and wants to satisfy her own desires. Her quiet life is turned upside down when she becomes involved in an extramarital affair. The affair turns bloody.
De grandes espérances, Sylvain Desclous.
Your films and series to watch as of November 29th on Apple TV & Canal+
Monarch : legacy of monsters, Chris Black & Matt Fraction, now.
The Buccaneers, series creator Katherine Jakeways and directed by BAFTA Award winner Susanna White.
Upcoming British period drama television series written by Katherine Jakeways, based on the unfinished novel of the same name by American novelist Edith Wharton, published posthumously in 1938.
The arrival of a group of American women into 1870s London society results in a culture clash, with two differing approaches to tradition.
Fingernails, by Christos Nikou, avec Jessie Buckley, Riz Ahmed, and Jeremy Allen White, now.
Anna and Ryan have found true love. It’s been proven by a controversial new technology. There’s just one problem: Anna still isn’t sure. Then she takes a position at a love testing institute, and meets Amir.
With Jeremy Allen White, Jessie Buckley & Riz Ahmed.
John Lennon, “Murder without a trial” as of December 6th, co-director Rob Coldstream
The Family Plan, Simon Cellan Jones, as of December 15th.
Masters of the Air, John Orloff, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks & Gary Goetzman, as of January 26th, 2024
The Velveteen Rabbit, dès le 22 novembre.
Your films and series to watch as of November 29th on Disney Plus
Quiz Lady, Jessica Yu with Awkwafina, Sandra O, on Nov 3.
Anne (Awkwafina) is a brilliant young woman with a passion for game shows. She soon finds herself forced to team up with her sister Jenny (Sandra Oh) – with whom she has almost lost touch and whom life’s ups and downs have not spared – to help pay off their mother’s gambling debts.
When Anne’s dog is kidnapped for ransom, the two have no choice but to embark on an incredible journey across the U.S. with one idea in mind: to make Anne the undisputed champion of the shows she loves so much, in order to get the money they need!
The Bear, season 2, Christopher Storer.
The other black girl, as of September 13th, series by Danielle Henderson, adapted from eponymous novel by Dalila Harris.
Tout va bien, by Camille de Castelnau, starking Virginie Efira, Nicole Garcia, Sara Giraudeau, Bernard Le Coq, Aliocha Schneider, Yannik Landrein, Eduardo Noriega et Mehdi Nebbou, as of Nov 15.
Percy Jackson & les Olympiens, Chris Columbus, as of December 20th.
Bertie Gregory, Au plus près des animaux, now