13 items from 2014
Birds of a Feather: Camargo’s Debut a Tepid Chekhovian Transplant
Contemporizing classic literature can be a tricky feat, though it more often than not seems unjustified. Actor Christian Camargo has reworked Anton Chekov’s classic play The Seagull for his directorial debut, Days and Nights, curiously setting the Russian tragedy in 1984 New England. With an extremely lucrative cast at hand, Camargo’s fiddling around with the text isn’t completely bereft of ingenious new ways to converse with Chekov’s classic, though more often than not, this is simply another tedious glimpse of familial dysfunction, relocated to the heart of a Wasp’s nest. While it isn’t necessary to be familiar with the material Camargo is in correspondence with, one’s awareness of it may impede rather than enhance this film, which often feels strained or confused upon comparison.
It’s Memorial Day Weekend in 1984, and famous »
- Nicholas Bell
Danielle Darrieux turns 97: Darrieux has probably enjoyed the longest film star career in history (photo: Danielle Darrieux in ‘La Ronde’) Screen legend Danielle Darrieux is turning 97 today, May 1, 2014. In all likelihood, the Bordeaux-born (1917) Darrieux has enjoyed the longest "movie star" career ever: eight decades, from Wilhelm Thiele’s Le Bal (1931) to Denys Granier-Deferre’s The Wedding Cake / Pièce montée (2010). (Mickey Rooney has had a longer film career — nearly nine decades — but mostly as a supporting player in minor roles.) Absurdly, despite a prestigious career consisting of more than 100 movie roles, Danielle Darrieux — delightful in Club de femmes, superb in The Earrings of Madame De…, alternately hilarious and heartbreaking in 8 Women — has never won an Honorary Oscar. But then again, very few women have. At least, the French Academy did award her an Honorary César back in 1985; additionally, in 2002 Darrieux and her fellow 8 Women / 8 femmes co-stars shared Best Actress honors »
- Andre Soares
Technophilia will only get you so far, Jonze's near-future parable suggests, as it engineers a blind date between a lonely man and a sentient operating system with no concept of privacy settings – and finds both partners wanting. More successful is the marriage of sci-fi and romantic drama: the focus is more on the heart than the hardware in this soulful, often sorrowful movie.
The Lego Movie (U)
Using pop-culture humour and star voices to overcome blatant product placement, this canny, rapid-fire comedy adventure is like a Matrix parody rendered in CGI plastic bricks.
- Steve Rose
As we’re all getting set to board the Liam Neeson flight of terror in forthcoming thriller Non-Stop, we now have the chance to check in with another, somewhat different aeroplane-set production, in Alexandre’s Castagnetti’s quaint romantic comedy, Love is in the Air. Cruising steadily at 30 thousand feet in the air, this New York flight to Paris takes a turn for the worse, when two former lovers are coincidentally seated next to one another, as we proceed to explore their turbulent relationship. Oh and don’t worry – we’ve now got all puns out of our system.
Having broken up, somewhat viciously, both Julie (Ludivine Sagnier) and unashamed womaniser Antoine (Nicolas Bedos) are less than pleased when their seats on this predictably unbearable long-haul flight are right next to each other. With the former soon to be married, the latter becomes desperate to convince her otherwise, as they study and deconstruct their relationship, »
- Stefan Pape
Ludivine Sagnier remains elegantly cool faced with a flight in the company of her loathsome ex in this broad comedy
Ludivine Sagnier is a sprightly, gamine presence in this relationship sex-comedy, a mainstream commercial movie very different from the arthouse fare that is generally imported here from France. She is a star who deserves to be seen more often in British cinemas and holds the screen in this movie with cool self-possession and elegance throughout. The same can't exactly be said for her opposite number: a smirking, womanising lawyer, who also happens to be a brilliant jazz pianist, called Antoine, played by Nicolas Bedos; he is frankly annoying and supercilious in ways that aren't intentional. Sagnier plays Julie, an aspiring artist who has been trying to build her career in New York, and after a troubled time is now on the plane home to Paris. Who should she find herself sitting next to but Antoine, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Title: Love Is In the Air Director: Alexandre Castagnetti Starring: Ludivine Sagnier, Nicolas Bedos, Jonathan Cohen, Arnaud Ducret, Brigitte Catillon From the opening jazzy riffs of musical accompaniment to “Love Is In the Air,” about bluebirds and the spring, it’s clear that director Alexandre Castagnetti’s French import is going to be a cinematic approximation of lives less ordinary. And so it is. Its story treads well-worn ground, certainly, but this robust exercise in romantic comedy formula has such pleasing, engaging performances and such a breezy, deft touch with push-and-pull gender dynamics that it escapes the over-determined nature of its final reel and by and large trumps most like-minded American product. The film centers around lothario [ Read More ]
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Gaumont is launching sales on high concept comedy Coming In[pictured] about a gay man who wakes up in bed with a sexy blonde Swede on the eve of his wedding to his long-term partner.
Starring Pio Marmai and Franck Gastambide, the Paris-set picture is the second film for directorial duo Noémie Saglio and Maxime Govare after comedy Les Voies Impenetrables about a group of nuns trying to save their convent from bankruptcy.
Deputy head of sales Yohann Comte describes the picture as a Working Title-style comedy with a twist revolving around the idea that you do not chose who you are or whom you fall in love with.
Shot in Paris last autumn it will be ready for delivery in the second half of 2014.
Gaumont will also unveil Fred Grivois’ thriller Through The Air (La Résistance de L’Air »
Pressurized: Sagnier and Co. in a Charming Rom-Com Straitjacket
For his first solo film as director, Alexandre Castagnetti nabbed the talented Ludivine Sagnier to headline his romantic comedy, Love is in the Air (or Amour & Turbulences as it’s known in its native tongue), and it’s an entertaining enough showcase for the star who we’ve grown accustomed to seeing in darker roles where she’s terrorized at the hands of Ozon, or singing poppy confections in Christophe Honore’s films. Here she’s the protagonist in what feels like a very Americanized, situation dictated farce about love, thankfully less strained than many Western counterparts (though the six credits in the screenplay seem unnecessary considering the little lolly this ends up being).
A moderately successful sculptor, Julie (Ludivine Sagnier) is about to leave New York and return to Paris after a demure exhibit. A stroke of good luck has »
- Nicholas Bell
Awash in cliches, flashbacks, and montages, Love Is In The Air (Amour et Turbulences) subscribes to the exhausted yet still popular notion that for everyone there is but one true love. It must be fate, therefore, that seats Antoine (Nicolas Bedos) next to Julie (Ludivine Sagnier) on a trans-Atlantic flight from New York to Paris. Once upon a time, they loved each other, and then they broke up. Now, with the clock ticking, Antoine and Julie have six hours to relive their great romance, rekindle the sparks, and work through all the thorny issues that divided them, to the amusement of fellow passengers and one disapproving flight attendant. Six people, including director Alexandre Castagnetti and leading man Bedos, are credited with adaptation and dialogue, with...
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Since cameras were first able to capture sound and images, Paris has provided the backdrop for countless tales of love, with the eternally romantic city always managing to find another couple falling hopelessly for each other. And that's just what happens to Ludivine Sagnier and Nicolas Bedos in "Love Is In The Air." The pair of actors play the soon-to-be-married Julie and playboy Antoine, who broke up three years earlier, but find themselves seated next to each other on a first class flight to Paris. Director Alexandre Castagnetti's film then jumps back in time, recounting their love affair in this romantic comedy tinged with a Gallic flavor. And in this exclusive scene, we see circumstances and charm bring the pair together, as they dash off spontaneously to the Eiffel Tower. "Love Is In The Air" opens in limited release January 31st, and hits VOD on February 11th, just in time for Valentine's Day. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Love Is in the Air was made in France, but even the most isolated American moviegoer would likely find it familiar.
If this rom-com's setting and structure superficially recall Almodóvar's I'm So Excited!, director Alexandre Castagnetti's eyes are obviously set toward Hollywood inspirations.
The film all but begs for a remake starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler. On a six-hour flight from New York to Paris, estranged lovers Julie (Ludivine Sagnier) and Antoine (Nicolas Bedos) meet for the first time in three years. Assigned seats next to each other, they can't help but rehash the ups and downs of their turbulent relationship, even though Julie is pregnant and about to m »
Finishing up her visit to New York, Julie (Ludivine Sagnier) is boarding a plane back to Paris. Little does she know, Antoine (Nicolas Bedos) is also returning to Paris—on the same plane. This seems normal as most of the folks on the plane appear to be French natives, but as luck would have it, Julie and Antoine are seated next to each other. Again, not a big deal were it not for the fact that Julie and Antoine were romantic at one time—and things did not end well. Not that Julie and Antoine didn't have their moments of bliss (they certainly did), but as with all failed relationships, those negative memories are the ones that flare up during conversations between ex-lovers. And so it goes, as Julie and Antoine relive their past (again, mostly the bad stuff), on a plane bound for France. What will become of these two? »
- Dirk Sonniksen
On his travels: a scene from Jean-Pierre Jeunet's The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet.
With the buyers and sellers safely despatched from Paris to Sundance this weekend it's the turn of the international media to move into the Grand Hotel for interviews with more than 100 actors and directors lining up for films to be released shortly in different countries as part of the 16th Unifrance Rendez-vous With French Cinema.
Among the talent talking up their films is Audrey Tautou (for the third part in the Pot Luck series, Chinese Puzzle, as well as Michel Gondry’s Blue Indigo after Boris Vian); Tautou’s Amelie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet with his new title The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet with Kyle Catlett, Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis and Callum Keith Rennie; Ludivine Sagnier for the romcom Love Is In The Air and former footballer Eric Cantona joining an orgy »
- Richard Mowe
13 items from 2014
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