13 items from 2013
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Our Children is the inadequate English title for a Franco-Belgian-Luxembourg-Swiss film called À perdre la raison (loosely "Going mad"). It begins with a demented young woman Murielle (Émilie Dequenne) in a hospital bed pleading for her children to be buried in Morocco. After this sizable hint of horrendous things to come, it tells in an extended flashback the story of the lively Murielle marrying Mounir, a young, recently qualified Moroccan doctor (Tahar Rahim), who has been adopted, along with his sister, by Dr André Pinget, a wealthy, middle-aged Belgian physician (Niels Arestrup).
In intimate detail we see the generous, loving but possessive André taking over the lives of first the weak, indecisive Mounir and then Murielle, starting by accompanying them on their expensive honeymoon, and steadily granting every request they have, except for that for independence from him. It's a terrifying story that »
- Philip French
Star Trek Into Darkness (12A)
Those cinemagoers won over by Abrams's first Star Trek movie (even if they can barely remember it now) won't be disappointed with this finely tuned follow-up, which deftly balances action crises, sci-fi repartee and the ongoing Kirk/Spock bromance, but adds enough surprises to keep things interesting, largely by way of Cumberbatch's shifty supervillain.
Another distinctive, beguiling southern parable from Nichols, this time tracking the friendship between two boys and the mysterious fugitive they find down by the river. It's like a mix of Stand By Me, Night Of The Hunter and Terrence Malick. »
- Steve Rose
French actor Tahar Rahim shrugs off his disturbing new film, speaks a little Gaelic and offers to give sad fans a hug
Hey Tahar, how are you doing?
I'm good, I'm cool. Yes, man.
You play an emotionally distant husband in your new film, whose wife murders their four young children (1). It's put me in a really bad mood …
I understand. It's not meant to make people laugh.
Did you think about how making a movie like this would affect you?
No. I never lived what this guy has lived. I don't know what it is to be born in another country and to have such a relationship with a kind of father who beats with his personality (2). When I go to make a movie I'm not really … er, how to say that in English? (3) … Contaminated by the mood of the movie.
I guess it would be a strange way »
- Henry Barnes
A chilling family drama from France based on a news story about a controlling patriarchal Gp
Émilie Dequenne is the young actor who made a powerful debut in the Dardenne brothers' prize-winning film Rosetta in 1999, and what a superb performance she gives now in this inexpressibly painful drama, with a classic resonance, which Belgian director and co-writer Joachim Lafosse based on a news story. She plays Murielle, a young woman who has fallen in love with Mounir, a trainee immigrant doctor from Morocco: a very good, open performance from Tahar Rahim, from A Prophet. They get married, but Mounir's domestic situation is very strange: he lives with his adoptive father, wealthy Gp André Pinget, played by Niels Arestrup, who has also agreed to marry Mounir's elder sister to give her an EU passport, but whose own romantic and emotional life has been sublimated into this desire for domestic control. Murielle »
- Peter Bradshaw
★★★★☆ Belgium's official entry for last year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Joachim Lafosse's Our Children (À perdre la raison, 2012) finally receives a UK theatrical release this week after premièring to critical acclaim in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Boasting two of contemporary French cinema's heavyweights - Niels Arestrup and Tahar Rahim - plus a phenomenal lead performance from Émilie Dequenne (who first made her debut in the Dardenne brothers' Palme d'Or-winning 1999 drama Rosetta) - Our Children is a shrewd and overwhelmingly powerful tragedy of Euripidean proportions.
An elliptical narrative sees Our Children open upon Dequenne's Murielle in a hysterical state. The more observant of viewers will quickly piece together the source of her distress, yet like all great tragedies it's the road to disaster that evokes the most agonising of reactions. Lafosse flashes back to a happier period in Murielle's life, depicting her blossoming »
- CineVue UK
The pic, which takes place on the day Paris was liberated by the Allies, depicts the tense confrontation between the Swedish ambassador and the German military governor of Paris, Dietrich von Choltitz. The latter was ordered by Adolf Hitler to blow up the city, but he chose to ignore the Fuhrer’s command.
“Diplomacy” is produced by Marc de Bayser and Frank de Bayser at Gaul’s Film Oblige and co-produced by Germany’s Blueprint Film.
Gaumont has nabbed French distribution and international sales rights and will start pre-sales at Cannes.
Yohann Comte, »
- Elsa Keslassy
★★★☆☆ The third feature from French director Gilles Legrand, You Will Be My Son (Tu seras mon fils, 2011) sees the inimitable Niels Arestrup take the role of Paul de Marseul, a successful winemaker in Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux. With ample support from co-stars Lorànt Deutsch and Nicolas Bridet as his respective son and heir, Legrand has concocted a sharp, fruity family inheritance drama that he duly leaves to ferment ahead of the great uncorking. Whilst those with a receptive palette will find much to savour, what could have been the cinematic equivalent of a sprightly white or an intense red ends up more of a middling rose.
Disheartened by the notion of his 'weak' son Martin (a rodent-like Deutsch) taking over the family business, Paul faces further complication when his friend and business partner François (Patrick Chesnais) is diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. Paul doesn't believe his son to have inherited the qualities »
- CineVue UK
You Will Be My Son (French: Tu seras mon fils), 2011
Directed by Gilles Legrand.
Paul de Marseul (Arestrup) is a prestigious but aging wine-maker whose son Martin (Deutsch) lacks talent or indeed the will to succeed him. When Philippe (Bridet) returns to visit his dying father François (Patrick Chesnais), Paul attempts to make Philippe his successor.
I can’t say I’m a very big French film fan. I can name two French language films that I can clearly recall, Amelie and La Haine. Both of those I very much enjoyed, but they didn’t convert me and nor did I seek out more. Going by You Will Be My Son I am unsure why I don’t. This is now “3 for 3” on watching French films that I have enjoyed.
The film starts with Paul »
- Flickering Myth
Belgian actor Emilie Dequenne has a speciality – women over the edge. In fact, she won a prize at Cannes for her unflinching portrayal of a murderous mother unravelling in Our Children. Why is she so drawn to damage?
On a cold morning, in a corner of a café in northern Paris, huddled in a studded black leather jacket, perched on a tiny stool and clutching a citron chaud, Émilie Dequenne looks for all the world like a curious and cheerful pixie come to spend time among us humans. She wrinkles her upturned nose when she smiles – which is often – and she speaks sweetly about her enthusiasms: family, food, her love of Paris. She does not exactly babble – she is clearly far too intelligent for that – but her thoughts tumble over one another as she talks about making movies, her kids, her native Belgium and how she thrives on her cosy routines. »
- Andrew Hussey
BAFTA Award-winning French filmmaker Gilles Legrand's (Ridicule, The Maiden and the Wolves) latest drama You Will Be My Son (Tu seras mon fils) arrives on DVD here in the UK on Monday April 29th, and to celebrate we have two copies of the film to give away to our readers courtesy of those lovely people at Verve Pictures.
Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter the competition...
You Will Be My Son stars Niels Arestrup as Paul de Marseul, a prestigious wine-maker and owner of a renowned chateau and vineyard in Saint-Emilion, whom is disheartened by the notion of his son Martin (Lorant Deutsch) taking over the family business. Martin does not seem to have inherited the qualities that Paul esteems in a wine-maker: persistence, creative insight and technical prowess matched with passion for the job and the product, and Paul frequently reminds him of this, »
- Flickering Myth
#54. Bertrand Tavernier’s Quai d’Orsay
Gist: Written by Christophe Blain, Abel Lanzac, and Tavernier, inspired by true events (the eve of the beginning of the Iraq war) in the life of France’s foreign minister Dominique de Villepin, this sees an impressive cast of very businessmen and women-clad dressed folks such as Thierry Lhermitte, Niels Arestrup, Anaïs Demoustier and Julie Gayet.
Prediction: There’ll be a much more anticipated Bd (French comic book) to film project on the Croisette this year, but filming began in October (with a couple of days shot in United Nations in New York – see below) and if readied in time, Tavernier who has been to Cannes on a handful of occasions – most recently for The Princess of Montpensier could be the legend filmmaker (with over 20 features under his belt) who gets added alongside the next generation of filmmakers in the Directors’ Fortnight section.
- Eric Lavallee
The North American Premiere of Gilles Legrand's You Will Be My Son (Tu seras mon fils) was the closing night event of the annual New York's Rendez-Vous with French Cinema on Sunday, March 10. Joining director Legrand on stage at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater was the star of his film Niels Arestrup, who as Saint-Émilion vineyard owner Paul de Marseu, was domineering with good reason. The thriller about fathers, sons and wine, inspired a discussion of these vital matters with Gavin Smith, editor & programming associate for Film Comment Selects, who moderated following the screening.
Gavin Smith: That must have been the most gripping film about wine making I have ever seen. What was your inspiration?
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Title: You Will Be My Son (Tu seras mon fils) Cohen Media Group Director: Gilles Legrand Screenwriter: Gilles Legrand, Delphine de Vigan Cast: Niels Arestrup, Lorant Deutsch, Patrick Chesnais, Nicolas Bridet Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 2/12/13 Opens: March 29, 2013 It’s only natural for fathers and mothers to want their sons and daughters to choose work similar to their own; that is, if the work done by the older generation is meaningful to society, enjoyable to themselves, and of course lucrative. A lawyer with an independent office, a doctor with her own practice, will want their children to take over their offices when retirement or death ensues. There’s an [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
13 items from 2013
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