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Bon rétablissement! (2014)
One more time, Gérard Lanvin proves here that he is a great actor, probably one of the greatest french actors ever. Being besides a great man in actual life. I trained with him in a gym, thirty years ago. I guess he doesn't remember me... Anyway, this movie is a superb comedy speaking of human relationships between people not from the same world, not from the same social and racial origin. It shows the power of true feelings and also that one can changes if only he meets the correct folks. A poignant movie that sometimes makes you forget that's a comedy. The truly face of the human depth, at least the light face, the best one. Unfortunately only Under certain conditions.
The famous journalist and sooo...gorgeous Anne Sophie Lapix gives here her first performance as an actress. And, believe me, she is absolutely astounding. Terrific. I hope that she will repeat this in many many movies...!!!!
Mange tes morts (2014)
A terrific Gypsy tale
This movie is the sequel of LA BM DU SEIGNEUR, released in the early days of 2011. This is still a story speaking of Gypsies, the real ones, in an authentic atmosphere where the characters are played by the actual ones, using their own names.
A realistic picture spoken in the real gypsy slang, with subtitles. As for the prequel, it is close to the reality, the way of life of those outcasts of the society, living in the no man's land, ostracized by the other folks.
This film is closer to the crime movie than the previous one, which was more social. LA BM DU SEIGNEUR was more a simple picture of the Gypsies. This one is nearly a thriller. A poignant, gripping one.
I recommend this movie for the outstanding performances of these non Professional actors.
An underrated gangster movie
An underrated crime flick from the early seventies with rather good actors, and also an improbable cast, but not do after all. Henry Silva, one great heavy from the USA and André Pousse, the equivalent of Silva but from France. As was Lino Ventura vs Leo Gordon in Claude Sautet's L'ARME A GAUCHE or Michel Constantin and Charles Bronson in Terry Young's DE LA PART DES COPAINS, or even Richard Crenna and Alain Delon in Melville's UN FLIC. I love this. In this film, I would not have been surprised to see Marcel Bozzuffi. He and Pousse were together in Roger Pigaut's COMPTES A REBOURS.
The story of an escaped con - Silva - who pulls a sort of fake heist in order to trick, swindle some important hoods like him. Good performances in this film made by a director who will later give us some erotic stuff, as did Claude Bernard Aubert, the former director of L'AFFAIRE DOMINICI.
One last word on the novelist whose this screenplay was written from: Jacques Risser. This is also an underrated crime author, a sort of poor man's Auguste Le Breton whom he was a close friend. Risser was a former safe cracker who spent many years behind bars and who has cell mates such as ex OAS leaders, from the Algeria war. According to Le Breton, Risser could have written great stories from these guys. But he preferred hard boiled gangster movies. I must admit that he was not as interesting as Pierre Lesou. But he deserves to be discovered again.
Rescue 8: International Incident (1959)
Nothing exceptional here but...
Directed by the great William Witney, this RESCUE 8 episode is not exceptional here. It is not on the same scale as the one I saw last week, with the bus trapped under a mountain after a titanic explosion. This episode was very unexpected. But the one I am commenting today, well, it bored me. The predictable scheme, but only one little thing woke me up: the music score, especially during the climax. This is EXACTLY the same music score that will be used thirteen years later in NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, when the zombies walk to the farm in the final assault. I heard it again and again to be sure. Positive at one hundred percent. OK, I guess many épisodes in many shows used it. But I nevertheless found that surprising.
That's the only thing that woke me up in this episode, despite Bill Witney's direction.
A superb drama
I like this movie speaking of the hard daily burden of doctors in a big hospital. A poignant drama with tremendous performances. Reda Kaleb is here outstanding, as a Young Algerian doctor who fights like a dog to apply his own rules. Like this one to help a near death old woman not to suffer anymore. See what I mean? It is not a indictment for euthanasia, as was for instance MILLION DOLLAR BABY, but only a gripping story, sometimes very hard to Watch. His character is awesome. A true hero, who doesn't hesitate to sacrifice himself for his ideas.
Only the last two minutes are a bit run of the mill.
But for the rest, don't hesitate.
The usual early eighties stuff, in the line of the Friday THE 13th stuff. Psycho killer topics in the countryside, not yet the survival, sort of DELIVERANCE rip offs, but nearly. That's a new TV series I start to Watch. Not bad, an acceptable time waster with each time a different story, like TWILIGHT ZONE, AH PRESENTS, NIGHT GALLERY and so on.
Nothing new to talk about. Everything is predictable here: Young teenagers, females, who have to face a maniac moving around. Typical music score of this time too. I don't know if I will comment the other épisodes. Only if any of them is Worth.
Les bricoleurs (1963)
Not even funny
Jean Girault at his worst, far below the GENDARME series starring Louis De Funès, a couple of years later. Here, everything is corny, lousy, typically french run of the mill stuff. But it is on purpose, no ambition here. Spontaneously silly, I guess. The driving lessons sequences will be used later in the seventies by Jean Girault in LE PERMIS DE CONDUIRE. This feature is sometimes boring, but it remains not totally charmless.
Francis Blanche and Dary Cowl made far better work in their career.
And, I repeat, Jean Girault too.
I certainly will comment other films from this director, not very known worldwide. He was not Georges Lauter nor Edouard Molinaro.
The usual unusual stuff
You may Watch this kind of films, from time to time, since the early 2000s. The crossing fates of some people. Yes, you have already seen a good batch of this kind of films, and mostly small productions, very underrated and ingnored by the audiences. And far away from the blockbusters crap.
So, speaking of this film, you have a poor restaurant maid who is tired of everything in life and who, one day, meets an Asian business man who, himself, has hired a private eye to tail his wife. The wife in question is in love with a sort of illusionist who, himself, wants to quit his wife...And all these six people will have their paths cross.
It sounds familiar for many of us, and for me in particular.
Some offbeat sequences, such as these ones, where the private eye in charge of tailing the businessman's wife falls for her and decides to speak to her. But the problem is that she is from Asia and doesn't speak English. So the gumshoe hires a translator through his cell phone and speaks to the wife with the help of the translator with his cell phone, and hers. So the two people, the detective and the wife, talk to each other with their cell phone, and with just one table between them, in an ordinary café...
An incredible scene. I assure you.
A very pleasant little film. And not so depressing.
Near Death Experience (2014)
The true emptiness of life
A pure lesson of existentialism. A pure masterpiece not for all audiences, depressing at the most. The tale of a lonely man who resumes all his existence after escaping from his home and family. The story of a man condemned to live and who suddenly realizes it.
A movie that makes you Wonder the true meaning of life.
Is life really Worth?
That's a good question.
From time to time, I personally feel close to this man, a brilliant man who asks the good questions and finally finds the correct answers. As Icare approaches the sun too closely... A very gripping, bleak, sad, depressing movie from which you think long after the viewing. In resume, to enjoy life, don't think about it. Don't think at all. Be the perfect brainless village idiot. And then, only then you'll be happy. I know that most of the IMDb users who will read this comment won't agree with me. But I don't care.
A rather faithful adaptation except...
This movie is one more faithful adaptation of a Pierre Lesou novel, one of his best, with LE DOULOS, MORT D'UN CONDE, and COEUR DE HARENG. Forget LUCKY JOE. Pierre Lesou was a terrific novelist, unfortunately underrated, now forgotten. Jean-Pierre Melville would have made a true masterpiece with such a novel. Melville was the ONLY director able to feel the true meaning of the Lesou's atmosphere. Lesou was for Melville the same that Tod Browning was for Lon Chaney. The two of them were like the two half of an orange. Like the bullet fit with the barrel. Only them were able to describe the complexity of the manhood, friendship among gangsters, far above the real situations in actual life. A world of abstraction. Not for all audiences. LE DOULOS, one of Melville's masterpieces, is the perfect example of what I just said above. So, speaking of this one, the director Claude Bernard Aubert made a good work. The characters are well chosen. Even Adamo. Jess Hahn and Michel Constantin are here the characters of the book. In an outstanding accurate way.
Only a f...happy ending that was dictated by the producers. But on my taping off, from a VHS tape, I deleted this f...happy ending made for sissies.