♥♥♥♥ Banshees of Inisherin
Irish drama, by Martin McDonagh, with Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon (1h54).
It’s the best movie of the year, hands down. Funny, tragic, absurd, grating, pathetic, tender, this story of a friendship devoured by time is a Celtic blues, crossed with Nordic melancholy. On an island in the Irish Sea, Inisherin, two men have been drinking together since the dawn of time. Colm, the oldest, is a musician. Padraic, thirty, is nothing. They talk, in waves of Guinness, facing the sea, in the distant rumor of a war of independence – we are in 1920. One day, Colm does not come. ” I do not love you anymore “, he said. He doesn’t want to waste his time anymore. He has few years left, he doesn’t want to waste them anymore. The friendship is shattered, Padraic is devastated, the pain spreads like a bog fire. He tries to pick up the pieces. Nothing to do: at each attempt, Colm will cut a finger, with the shepherd’s shears. He keeps his word…
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The film was born out of the director’s anguish, uncertain of how many years he had left to accomplish: Martin McDonagh, 52, author of incongruous plays and crazy films (including the marvelous “Bons Baisers de Bruges », with the same actors, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson), is an outsider. He demands that his texts not be altered by a comma nor his annotated scripts. Uncompromising, warm, fiercely Irish, vegetarian, acerbic, he is one of the most highly rated playwrights in Anglo-Saxon theatre, and, in a moment of defiance, said with his chin held high: “I’m better than that motherfucker Shakespeare!” »which earned him some sarcasm.
Nevertheless, this son of Galway has a talent for incongruity and a gift for poetry. He imagined a show with Tom Waits and Robert Wilson (crazy, right?), wrote a play where a man searches for his left hand, and signed a film where a gangster is in love with a shih tzu (in “Seven psychopaths “). In “The Banshees of Inisherin”, there are no banshees (witches), and Inisherin does not exist. We are in the land of dreams, with hills of poignant beauty, faces cracked by the wind, a sea that resembles a cauldron of molten copper. These sheep, these people, these whitewashed walls form the backdrop for a tragedy unlike anything or anyone. It’s gay, it’s sad, it’s human, deeply. And it’s a masterpiece. Francois Forestier
♥♥♥ An Indonesian woman
Indonesian drama, by Kamila Andini, with Happy Salma, Laura Basuki, Rieke Diah Pitaloka (1h43).
Everything is beautiful in this film, the third of the young (36 years old) Indonesian Kamila Andini. The profiles and the long hair of the women, the Asian way of life, the bouquets of flowers, the ellipses, the music, the photography, and above all the solidarity between those whom the patriarchy wants to govern. Twenty years after her husband disappeared, Nana (nothing to do with Zola’s cocotte) has rebuilt her life, on the island of Java, with a rich farmer, who cheats on her with Ino. While in Jakarta, the war is raging between the soldiers of the putschist General Soeharto and the Communist Party, the wife and the mistress make peace on the island and become, in a dream setting in trompe-l’oeil, confidantes, friends, allies. They embody, in the mid-1960s, modern women in a bygone world, where impeccable buns hide heavy secrets. Nothing is asserted or demonstrated, everything is suggested. Until the outcome, which we will not tell, of this film, which won an award at Berlin, both majestic and rebellious. Jerome Garcin
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♥♥ Green Perfume
French comedy, by Nicolas Pariser, with Sandrine Kiberlain, Vincent Lacoste, Rüdiger Vogler (1h41).
An actor drops dead on the stage of the Comédie-Française. It’s murder. Main suspect: Martin (Vincent Lacoste), friend of the deceased in full divorce, who undertakes to lead the investigation with Claire (Sandrine Kiberlain), author of confidential comics, harassed by her mother, Ashkenazi like him. Nicolas Pariser, author of “Alice and the Mayor”, digs into his obsessions in this spy comedy which, under its cheerful appearance, deals with invigorating subjects (Europe, conspiracy, the rise of anti-Semitism) but also remembers Hitchcock, De Broca or the “Tintin” albums. On paper, it’s all good. The film just lacks a gear so that we adhere unreservedly to its comic dialogues and situations. Sophie Grassin
Sandrine Kiberlain and Vincent Lacoste: “You have James Stewart and Katharine Hepburn in front of you, anyway! »
♥ Little Piaf
French comedy, by Gérard Jugnot, with Soan Arhimann, Marc Lavoine, Gérard Jugnot (1h35).
Nelson, a kid from Reunion Island, dreams of singing in secret from his mother (Stéfi Celma), who works hard to give him a future. In the grip of sickly stage fright but chaperoned by two orphan friends – for whom he would find a foster family – Nelson finds an unexpected coach in Pierre Leroy (Marc Lavoine), a has-been star of the song who animates the evenings in a local hotel. How far away he is, the tender and grating Jugnot of “A Great Time” and “Blue Helmet”. Nevertheless, let’s recognize that this (television) film for children with its arthritic humor does not take them for fools and even turns out to be quite touching thanks to its trio of young local actors, including Soan Arhimann, Reunionese winner of “The Voice Kids”. Nicholas Schaller
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Icelandic drama, by Hlynur Palmason, with Elliott Crosset Hove, Ingvar Sigurdsson, Victoria Carmen Sonne (2h23).
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The loneliness, the cold, the XIXe century, faith. Four themes for an austere story: a young Danish priest (Elliott Crosset Hove) is sent to an island in Iceland to evangelize the population and take photos. As he develops his collodion plates, his mission changes. The colonization of the place is difficult, the obvious carnal temptation, the absence of God…, everything is mixed, in a landscape of wind, sea, savagery. Hlynur Palmason’s third film (“Such a white day”), this dive into an icy world is fascinating for its visual beauty and meditative rhythm. Despite the length, the mastery of the direction hugs this unusual film, the equivalent of a Gregorian chant, which uplifts the spirit. FF
Hlynur Palmason, director of “Godland”: “In the film, God is both a presence and an absence”
The Eight Mountains
Italian drama, by Charlotte Vandermeersch and Felix Van Groeningen, with Luca Marinelli, Alessandro Borghi, Filippo Timi (2h27).
In a mineral and wild village, Bruno, the local child, and Pietro, a city kid, bond in a friendship that will survive the years and the dramas. Inspired by the eponymous novel by Paolo Cognetti, this odyssey which prefers to look at its landscapes than to be interested in its characters remains one of the (many) mysteries of the winners of the last Cannes Film Festival. Really, a jury prize (admittedly tied) for this contemplation steeped in clichés with, icing on the cake, Pietro’s expedition in the midst of an existential crisis in Nepal where he discusses espresso with a local? All this before returning to Italy and doing, from this “test of life” for frica sores, a best-seller. An endless film as lively as a slide show. Xavier Leherpeur