Job by Alexis Lebrun July 8, 2022
From July 15 to August 26, moviegoers will be able to find some of the most notable female characters who have appeared in cinemas in recent months on the encrypted channel. From rape and revenge to musical biopics, period films and documentaries, no less than 17 films and 7 short films will be available during the summer on CANAL+.
Two films that made the event
Honor to the “Queen of Soul” who died in 2018, since this special summer program will include the aptly named RESPECT (Liesl Tommy, 2021), a biopic paying tribute to the extraordinary career of Aretha Franklin. The latter is solidly embodied by the very talented Jennifer Hudson, who we know was chosen by Franklin herself to play her role. The project remained an Arlesian for a long time and its release was not helped by the pandemic, but RESPECT is worth the detour, if only to hear Hudson sing with a good dose of grace the great standards of Aretha Franklin. And the film does not lack ambition, since it undertakes to retrace the first thirty years of the artist’s life, and therefore his tumultuous rise to the top, coupled with a private life that is complicated to say the least.
Complicated, the life of Cassie (Carey Mulligan) is too. In the feminist rant PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN (Emerald Fennell, 2021) – which caused so much talk last year and which won the Oscar for best original screenplay – this “young woman full of the future” tries to appease her demons linked to the rape and death of her best friend. And she does it at night, using all her talents to teach the abusers a lesson, waiting for the hour of revenge to strike. A brutal reinvention of the “rape and revenge” genre, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN makes Emerald Fennell a writer-director to watch closely, and it’s a reminder that we want to see Carey Mulligan film more often.
In the international cinema department, the “Pluri(elles)” selection also includes THE DESPERATE HOUR (Philip Noyce, 2021), minimalist thriller with Naomi WattsBLACK WIDOW (Cate Shortland, 2021), blockbuster of Scarlett Johannson’s farewell to Black Widow and the MCUTHE LAST DUEL (Ridley Scott, 2021), brilliant feminist advocacy from the cult directorBENEDETTA (Paul Verhoeven, 2021), the very hot return of the Dutch filmmakeror even JULIE (IN 12 CHAPTERS), magnificent portrait of a woman with which Joachim Trier and Renate Reinsve set Cannes on fire last year.
Fascinating French heroines
Beautiful portraits of women, French cinema also knows how to offer them, as illustrated by the presence in this selection of ROSE (2021), Aurélie Saada’s first feature film, in which the former half of the Brigittes offer Françoise Fabian a moving role of a widow who must relearn how to live for herself after the death of her husband – who was everything to her. It is also difficult to resist the mad energy deployed by Laure Calamy in UNE FEMME DU MONDE (Cécile Ducrocq, 2021), in which the actress who was Caesarized in 2021 – and again nominated for this role this year – plays a prostitute who strips herself hoping to pay for her son’s studies. This film is the first feature film by Cécile Ducrocq, screenwriter-director already noticed on a successful series, L’Opéra (OCS).
Also her first film, A YOUNG GIRL WHO GOES WELL (2022) marks Sandrine Kiberlain’s first foray behind the camera. The actress entrusted the exceptional Rebecca Marder with the role of a young Jewish girl who dreams of becoming an actress, in occupied Paris in 1942… Finally, you absolutely have to see ROUGE (2021), Farid’s second feature film Bentoumi, where another excellent actress (Zita Hanrot) shines in the skin of a young woman who investigates (with Céline Sallette as a journalist) on an ecological and health scandal in the factory where her father (Sami Bouajila) works and where she herself has just been hired. Between thriller and feature film, ROUGE was in the Cannes selection in 2020. And if you missed TITANIUM (Julia Ducournau, 2021), the Palme d’Or 2021or even THE FRACTURE (Catherine Corsini, 2021), which was in official competition the same yearit’s not too late, since they both feature in this summer selection Pluri(elles) from CANAL+.
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