Each month, in parallel with our cinema diary, the editorial staff offers you a selection of films to see or see again on the channels of Cine+ and on MyCanal. Unreleased films on the small screen, reruns, heritage films and retrospectives, here is our shortlist for the month of December 2022.
Whether Good mother is less versed in breaks in tone between comedy and drama as was You deserve a love, it strikes at the heart of what is deepest in each of us, the relationship with the family – these inexplicable and unalterable loves which push back all obstacles, telling the most beautiful stories. If she was a great actress, Hafsia Herzi confirms that she is also a talented director to follow urgently. – FB
Clara Roquet, a good screenwriter by training, has hidden at the heart of her story multiple levels of reading and an unexpected richness that allows her film to go beyond the limits first displayed. A beautiful project nourished with the most Chabrolian vitriole, the one that makes fun of these bourgeois who give lessons to everyone, forgetting to question themselves, ever. – FB
Sensitive portrait of a prodigious character, Clara Sola is carried by the incarnation of Wendy Chinchilla Araya. The actress literally gives substance to Clara’s trauma while allowing a glimpse of an inner movement which gradually splits an invisible armor to breathe life into an aspiration which, off-camera, fills the film with a stubborn desire. Whether Clara Sola suffers from a writing that does not avoid an excess of symbolism, this weakness is amply compensated by an inspired staging that calls the viewer’s gaze to support Clara on her path to deliverance. The experience is far from trivial. Some viewers even claim that Clara, out of gratitude, whispered their secret name in their ears. –FXT
Evolution consists of three distinct segments: Eva, Lena and Jonas. Three names to embody three generations, three views of the Holocaust over time. Three suffocating sequence shots masterfully staged by the Hungarian tandem. Each of the sequence shots weaves the question of memory through time. Through the ages, it is the gradual complexity of the legacy of humanity’s most heinous crimes that seeks to capture Evolutionserved by a brilliant staging by the Hungarian duo, who produced an exciting film, their best since White God. – PN
Iconic jacket stamped with a giant scorpion, pop and psychedelic soundtrack that has become cult, a magnetic Ryan Gosling at the heart of a mute knight intrigue to the rescue of a damsel in distress, Drive became a filmic object of fascination upon its release. Driven by the filmic mastery of Nicolas Winding Refn and by the talent of its cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel, this phenomenon and phenomenal film marked the high point and the biggest success of the Danish director – who has never regained his mojo since. – PT
The sharp, respectful and admiring cinephilia of Quentin Tarantino is well established. For Jackie Brown, his third film, the American director revived blaxploitation in a certain way by choosing an experienced actress in this type of film, Pam Grier, to offer him one of the most beautiful roles of his career. Around her, Robert Forster, another actor somewhat forgotten at the time, but also Samuel L. Jackson, Robert de Niro or Bridget Fonda who deliver very fine performances in this sober film noir and crossed by a very retro soundtrack. drunk. Jackie Brown combines charm, humor and a certain nostalgia. –EF
In 1974, Francis Ford Coppola would win a first Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival with secret talk, a paranoid thriller typical of American cinema of the 70s. Gene Hackman and the too soon deceased John Cazale played the main roles in this film whose theme is private espionage. A striking work, which has become a reference for many directors, which clashes with the personality of its (anti) hero and a certain pessimism. –EF
Christina is certainly one of the best adaptations of Stephen King. With this story of a gleaming car that turns out to be a malevolent entity, John Carpenter managed to make a story that started off quite thin be thrilling and terrifying. The quality of the production, the thematic richness of the film and the beauty of the images, everything contributes to making Christina a must-have fantasy and teenage movie, with all the frustration and violence that entails. Cult and jubilant work.
Many years before Nicolas Winding Refn realized Drivewith themes and a mute hero presenting great similarities, Walter Hill staged Ryan O’Neal, Isabelle Adjani and Bruce Dern in Driver, feature film perhaps a little forgotten and misunderstood in our time. However, it is a film noir of very good quality, with a very successful atmosphere. A minimalist and endearing work mixing detective story and love story.
The Purple Rose of Cairo
Made in 1985, The Purple Rose of Cairo allowed Woody Allen to express an unconditional love for cinema, dreams, poetry and escape from the painful realities of existence. Mia Farrow plays a young waitress here who tries to escape the monotony and grayness of her existence by going to see and rewatch the same film over and over again until one of the characters in said film notices her and decides to leave the screen to join her. With humor and a lot of tenderness, Woody Allen delivered a real gem dedicated to art and the escape it can provide. A gay and sad film at the same time, like life.
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SELECTION | Films to watch in December 2022 on Ciné+ and MyCanal