The writing of Life invites you to revisit on KTO the story of Charles de Foucauld, on the occasion of his canonization this Sunday, May 15. But this week is also that of the opening of the 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival from this Tuesday, May 17. This is the opportunity to discover on LCP why the first edition was not held in 1939. Or to see the Palme d’Or 2000, Dancing in the dark and the masterful Björk. Arte also invites us to understand how the idea of housewives imposed itself during part of the 20th century. While France 5 in this spring period invites us to observe the fight of flowers to find a place in the meadows.
SUNDAY – In the footsteps of Charles Foucauld
This Sunday, May 15, 2022, Pope Francis will canonize Charles de Foucauld (1858 – 1916). This magnificent portrait looks back on the itinerary of this French saint, both by recalling the major stages of his life, but also by giving voice to people who still today remain marked by his intuitions. According to the writer François Sureau, God who interests him is “the one who comes among men and not a commanding machine”. Father Thierry Magnin notes that there was no conversion of Muslims to Christianity in Tamanrasset. “But Charles had another way of radiating faith, more interior, without seeking to convert, but rather by accepting to receive from others. Each intervention is punctuated by archive images in France when he was an officer, but especially in Morocco and Algeria. The desert landscapes are absolutely stunning. It is also recalled that this saint is at the origin of a dictionary between French and the remarkable Tuareg, born of long hours of meetings with the inhabitants, the essential thing in his eyes, being to open a space of dialogue with them. ES
KTO at 9:35 p.m.
SUNDAY – Cannes 1939, the festival will not take place
The first Cannes festival should have been held from September 1 to 20, 1939. But the signing of the German-Soviet pact the previous week and the prospect of war decided otherwise, postponing the first of this post-war meeting, in 1946. This fascinating documentary returns to this upset birth. In the 1930s, there was a major festival in Europe, that of the Mostra, in Venice. But in 1937, the jury granted no prize to the Germans, while rewarding a pacifist film by Frenchman Jean Renoir. This is too much for Adolf Hitler. The German leader then decided to put pressure on Mussolini. The following year, in 1938, the Nazi propaganda film “The Gods of the Stadium” by German Leni Riefenstahl won the prize for best film. In response, French people began to think about launching a competing festival. This subject highlights in particular the decisive role played by the Minister of National Education of Font Populaire Jean Zay. We also learn Biarritz has long been the favorite city to host this event. But in order to attract American stars, the organizers preferred to retain Cannes and the charm of the Cote d’Azur. ES
LCP at 8:20 p.m.
TUESDAY – The Forgotten History of Housewives
Take care of her home, take care of the children, prepare meals while waiting for her husband to return to offer her a soothing and rejuvenating family environment. This is the daily life that has long been that of housewives. This documentary shows us how this existence imposed itself in many homes from the middle of the 19th century. This status appears with the emergence of a new middle class, before becoming an ideal of life, in post-war France, in the 1950s. This subject describes well the boredom that seizes them gradually, and the gap that is created with spouses who fulfill themselves at work. The women end up obtaining the right to open a bank account, but without having the income to fund it. In the 1970s, they finally experienced something of a downgrade, their function being called into question by a new generation, often their own daughters. The originality of this investigation is to take up passages from the diaries of several housewives, sharing their discovery of this form of life, then their growing questioning as to its ability to offer personal fulfillment. We are touched by his confidences and the loneliness, sometimes even the distress they express. The solicited husbands often make remarks which seem completely shocking nowadays, but which at the time seemed banal and justified to them. A beautiful documentary, all in nuances, which simply testifies to a way of thinking about male-female relationships that was still dominant less than half a century ago. ES
Art at 8:55 p.m.
WEDNESDAY – Dancer in the Dark
In deep America, Selma, a Czech immigrant, divides her daily life between her exhausting work in the factory and the education of her 12-year-old son, Gene. Passionate about musicals, she manages to get out of this routine by participating in a show organized by the neighborhood choir. A deserved moment of freedom, because Selma carries a heavy secret on her shoulders. Suffering from a genetic disease, the young woman is gradually losing her sight, and her child could suffer the same fate imminently. Working tirelessly to pay for an operation, Selma does not speak to those close to her about the situation. One evening, she confides in her friend Bill, who admits to her that he is also ruined, without his wife knowing anything about it. Palme d’or at Cannes in 2000, Goya prize in 2001… This film by Lars Von Trier has won numerous awards. And with good reason: endowed with a particular style, almost documentary, mixing the genre of drama with that of musical comedy, Dancer in the dark is a little gem of sensitivity. Björk’s masterful interpretation has a lot to do with it, as do the musical interludes, offering moments of poetic breathing. The final scene, despite the accuracy and power of its words, will still mark the most sensitive spectators. SR
France 4 at 9 p.m.
THURSDAY – The abominable mystery of flowers
“The rapid development of flowering plants […] is an abominable mystery, wrote Charles Darwin in 1879. The evolutionary thinker then saw his theory – based on gradual and slow stages – come up against the enigmatic emergence of flowers, having colonized our planet in a very short time. The frail appearance of these angiosperms, as scientists call them, suggests a fragile nature. However, today they represent 90% of plant biodiversity. Found in some arid environments, the flowers defy drought and extreme temperatures, proving almost invincible against the elements. How to explain it? This fascinating investigation takes us on the trail of these plant beings in the desert plains of South Africa, on the snow-capped peaks of the Alps, and in the luxuriant forests of New Caledonia. Paleontologists, biologists and botanists trace, over the course of their research, the trail of the first of the flowers and try to date its existence thanks to new techniques of dazzling precision… The clear infographics and the comparisons used in this didactic documentary also makes it possible to learn more about their reproduction. Fascinating by their beauty and their fragrance, flowers have an infinite palette of colors and shapes, like so many weapons to seduce pollinators. A delight as visual as it is intellectual plunging us into the dizzying physiology of these plants with unsuspected resources. KO
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