15 items from 2013
The story follows a pediatrician out on a lake with his wife when she suddenly vanishes and he is attacked. She turns up dead and is declared the victim of a serial killer.
Years later, more bodies turn up and the doctor becomes the prime suspect, while at the same time he is given evidence that his wife wasn’t dead at all and has gone into hiding for something related to the work she did.
The project has been in limbo since the departure of the previously attached Ben Affleck as director. With O'Connor onboard, development is resuming using the existing script by Chris Terrio ("Argo"). Frank Marshall is producing.
The film will have to compete with Guillaume Canet's well-regarded and »
- Garth Franklin
‘Tell No One’ thriller to get Hollywood remake (photo: ‘Tell No One’ 2006, with François Cluzet and Marie-Josée Croze) Gavin O’Connor, among whose credits are Tumbleweeds, Warrior, and the upcoming Natalie Portman action drama Jane Got a Gun, "is in negotiations" to direct Universal and Warner Bros.’ thriller Tell No One, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Whether the film will be a direct remake of Guillaume Canet’s Ne le dis à personne (2006), starring François Cluzet and Marie-Josée Croze, or be based on the original source — Harlan Coben’s novel Tell No One — is unclear. Canet and Philippe Lefebvre were credited for the screenplay of the French movie. Frequent Steven Spielberg collaborator Frank Marshall (The Color Purple, War Horse, Jurassic World) is producing the new Tell No One. Academy Award winner Chris Terrio (Argo) will be writing the adaptation. Curiously, Argo director Ben Affleck had been previously attached to this »
- Andre Soares
Exclusive: French sales company to unveil teaser and first images of coming-of-age-horror tale.
Gaumont has picked up sales on Danish filmmaker Jonas Arnby’s When Animals Dream about a young girl who is hunted down by the inhabitants of her remote fishing village when it emerges she is a werewolf.
Newcomer Sonia Suhl stars as the tragic protagonist Marie, who wreaks a bloody revenge on her persecutors, with support from Lars Mikkelsen and Sonja Richter as her parents and Jakob Oftebro as her love interest.
Gaumont will unveil a teaser and photos for the production which started shooting in the remote Danish region of North Jutland in early September. The picture is due for delivery in time for Cannes next year.
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Over on the other side of the English Channel, the incredible true story of Toni Musulin was a huge, national news event that was as inspiring as it was discomforting when taking place back in 2009. While over here we plead ignorance on the matter, Philippe Godeau’s compelling thriller 11.6 is all the better for it, as we are taken on a variety of quite unbelievable twists and turns.
Toni Musulin is played by François Cluzet, a hard-working, introverted security van driver who dedicates his life to his profession. However as he struggles to get on with his boss – and leads a somewhat unhappy life at home with his partner Marion (Corinne Masiero), he decides to attempt something outrageous; to single-handedly stage the greatest robbery in France’s history, without the use of guns or violence – with the grand total of €11.6 million at stake.
This hard-boiled slice of French cinema is complete with a dark, »
- Stefan Pape
The psychedelic horror film, set during the English Civil War in the mid-17th century, will screen at the festival in the Czech Republic on July 4.
As previously reported, it will be the first UK film to be released simultaneously in cinemas, on DVD, free TV and VoD. This will take place on July 5.
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The main section of Karlovy Vary will include a further six world and seven international premieres, with new films from six returning directors – two of whom have already won Crystal Globes for Best Film at the festival in recent years.
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After transposing an American detective novel to France for his hit directorial debut, “Tell No One,” thesp-helmer-scribe Gullaume Canet inverts the equation for “Blood Ties,” which adapts French director Jacques Maillot’s 2008 crime drama “Les Liens du sang” to the 1970s New York of “The French Connection” and “Serpico” fame. Result is a sluggish, dramatically undernourished saga that somehow manages to exceed the original pic’s running time by 40 minutes without adding anything appreciable to the story or characters. Canet’s name plus a starry ensemble cast (including Mrs. Canet, Marion Cotillard) should ensure reasonably brisk world sales, though the pic’s excessive length and dour tone will limit audience appeal — especially in North America, where “Tell No One” racked up an impressive $6.1 million.
Based on a roman a clef by authors Michel and Bruno Papet, Maillot’s film (also set in the 1970s) starred Canet as a Lyonnais police »
- Scott Foundas
Check out what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pre-theatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 2 (Ya supernatural romance; Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner; rated PG-13) The Intouchables (comedy; François Cluzet and Omar Sy; rated R) Playing for Keeps (rom-com; Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel; rated PG-13) Red Dawn (action; Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson; rated PG-13) Wreck-It Ralph (animated; voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman and Jane Lynch; rated PG) It's a Disaster (comedy...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
The Intouchables finally has a North American DVD/Blu-ray release, after breaking box office records in its native France and across Europe last year. This irreverent, uplifting odd-couple-buddy-comedy about trust and human possibility, is based on a true story of friendship between a handicap millionaire (Francois Cluzet) and his street smart ex-con caretaker (Omar Sy). The film will make you cry, laugh and gasp whether you want it to or not thanks to its strong cast and remarkably sensitive direction. Omar Sy and François Cluzet are superb in their roles making this another unexpected crowd-pleaser of 2012.
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Welcome back to This Week In Discs! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. The Intouchables Philippe (François Cluzet) is a wealthy quadriplegic in need of a full-time caretaker. The list of applicants is long, but it’s a lower class Senegalese immigrant named Driss (Omar Sy) who gets the job because Phillipe wants someone who won’t look at him with pity. The relationship is bumpy at first, but the pair become fast friends through mutual respect and a shared sense of humor. Writer/directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano based their film on a true story, and while the subject of Philippe’s reality could very easily have made for a sappy melodrama, they wisely avoided that route. Instead the movie finds real humor and compassion in the developing friendship and the effect it has on these two lives. The script is surprisingly funny and never maudlin »
- Rob Hunter
Patch Adams director reported to be returning to feature films with version of highest grossing non-English language film
The story of a rich quadriplegic man (played by François Cluzet) who hires an African immigrant (Omar Sy) as a carer, Intouchables – released in English-language territories as Untouchable – became the highest grossing non-English language film ever with $426.6m (£283.7m) in worldwide receipts. Only $10.2m of this was in North America, making it a perfect candidate for a reworking – the remake rights were bought along with Us distribution by the Weinstein Company.
- Andrew Pulver
There’s something for everyone in next week’s Blu-Ray releases: Wreck-It Ralph will tickle your gaming bone, The Intouchables brings a bit of comedy to its drama, and one my favorite films of the nineties finally gets a Blu-Ray release.
Ready for the latest Blu-Ray releases? Then read on.
Director: Rich Moore
A 3D computer-animated family film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. The film was well-received by critics and viewers alike, and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film and the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
Plot: Wreck-It Ralph longs to be as beloved as his game’s perfect Good Guy, Fix-It Felix. Problem is, nobody loves a Bad Guy. But they do love heroes… so when a modern, first-person shooter game arrives featuring tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun, »
- C.P. Howells
Filmmaker Tom Shadyac is in talks to take the helm on The Intouchables English-language remake for The Weinstein Company. Colin Firth is said to be circling a lead role, but nothing has been solidified at this time. We also reported in November that Silver Linings Playbook star Chris Tucker showed interest in starring as well.
Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) is writing the screenplay that follows an aristocrat who was paralyzed after a hang-gliding accident. He hires a young man from an urban environment to take care of him, as they both form a unique bond of friendship. The original film was one of the Best Foreign Language Film nominees at the Oscars last weekend.
Tom Shadyac started his career with a successful string of comedies such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Nutty Professor, Liar Liar, Bruce Almighty, and Evan Almighty. After he nearly died during a cycling accident, he left the business altogether, »
A quasi-apocalyptic fable filmed amid the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, Benh Zeitlin's extraordinary Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012, StudioCanal, 12) follows the changing fortunes of a vibrant young girl and her sickly father as they face an uncertain future in the fictional bayou community of the Bathtub. Based on Lucy Alibar's play Juicy and Delicious, Zeitlin's unexpected awards contender boasts rising waters, mythical creatures and superbly believable characters. As Hushpuppy, Quvenzhané Wallis is the youngest nominee to compete in Oscar's best actress category, while Dwight Henry had to be dragged away from his day job running a local bakery to star in the movie; both are mesmerising. The decision to shoot on 16mm rather than digital pays splendid visual dividends, lending richly colourful texture to the proceedings as they slip effortlessly between grainy realism and fantasy. A »
- Mark Kermode
★★★★☆ With a mawkish setup which sounds like it could easily have been concocted by a Hollywood studio, only to be packaged and presented to a Nicholas Sparks-fond audience, in reality Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's Untouchable (Intouchables, 2011) is a winning slice of mainstream French cinema which successfully avoids slushy sentiment, even if it follows a familiar, tried-and-tested formula. Tell No One's François Cluzet plays the insular Philippe, a wealthy quadriplegic who is growing increasingly weary and depressed. He is also in the midst of looking for a new carer, having failed to gel with previous employees.
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- CineVue UK
Omar Sy is an award-winning French actor, comedian, comic writer and television personality, who is already starting to make a name for himself in America. Honored for his performance as Driss, a young man from the projects who becomes a caretaker for a quadriplegic in The Intouchables, Sy was presented with a Virtuosos Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (Sbiff). Collider was there to cover and attend the event, and we’ve compiled the highlights of what the actor had to say during the Q&A. While there, Omar Sy talked about why directors Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache had faith in his abilities when he didn’t even consider himself an actor, getting bigger roles each of the four times they’ve collaborated together, working with co-star François Cluzet, who he beat out for the César Award for Best Actor, and how he’s ready to work in English, »
- Christina Radish
15 items from 2013
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