The members of the AlloCiné Club discovered “Les Bonnes étoiles” by Hirokazu Kore-eda in preview. And they loved this moving drama for which Song Kang-Ho walked away with the Best Actor Award at the last Cannes Film Festival.
What is it about ?
Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Lucky Stars
Released in cinemas on December 7, 2022
One rainy night, a young woman abandons her baby. He is illegally picked up by two men, determined to find him a new family. During an unusual and unexpected journey across the country, the destiny of those who meet this child will be profoundly changed.
Why did the Rédac’ choose this film?
Family and childhood are Hirokazu Kore-eda’s favorite themes, and he keeps reminding us of this, without repeating himself. Les Bonnes étoiles provides further proof of this as he leaves his native Japan to set up his cameras in Korea. Starting from the phenomenon of “baby boxes” (these boxes in which a mother can abandon her child so that he can be taken in), the filmmaker signs a road-movie in a van which is reminiscent of Little Miss Sunshine.
As always with him, emotion and simplicity go hand in hand, and some harmless shots manage to upset us. It is also difficult to hold back tears in front of this scene which best illustrates one of the central subjects of the film: the question of the right to be born. Palme d’Or in 2018 thanks to A Family Affair (a title that could sum up his overall work), Hirokazu Kore-eda paints a gallery of endearing and nuanced characters, and leaves it to the public to imagine the past of some.
The question did not arise before the arrival of this new film, but Hirokazu Kore-eda is indeed one of the greatest filmmakers in activity. And this universal and magnificent feature film shows us that the air of Korea suits him well.
What is the AlloCiné Club?
As powerful as the Avengers team and as prestigious as Le Cercle des Poètes Disparus, AlloCiné brings together its most active members within its famous Club AlloCine ! Each month, we reveal to Club members several films and series in preview for which they express an opinion at the end of the screening.
Their votes, from “excellent” to “very little for me” thus determine whether the film or series they have seen has obtained the Le Club AlloCiné Aime label. Fans of cinema and series, experts, bloggers or influencers, the members of the Club AlloCine constitute a strong relay of opinion with spectators and the entire profession.
What does Club AlloCiné think?
- Excellent: 51%
- Good: 41%
- Not so bad: 8%
- Very little for me: 0%
traversay1 – “As often with the director, the melodrama is more than brushed but the humor and the tenderness of the film as well as the benevolence granted to the different characters, beyond any moral judgment, are a source of appeasement and happiness, however ephemeral they may be. Connected to positive vibes, Les Bonnes étoiles also relies on the quality of a flawless interpretation (…).”
Audrey L – “Despite the good feelings at the end, we come out of the session happy, sure to have seen a charming family film, without any blood ties…so what?! Come on, get into this laundry car filled with people shattered by life, you will not be disappointed with the trip!”
weihnachtsmann – “An obviously sensitive subject. Kore Eda himself said that abandonment in Korea was not so anecdotal: 300 children per year. It’s a gentle rhythm and characters who evolve throughout the film. I like the way in which in truth he ultimately composes a family. And certain scenes really invite us to believe it.”
Shawn777 – “It’s a tour de force to make these characters endearing because we are still talking about child trafficking and without going through the classic initiatory journey, the director manages to make them more and more endearing in the relationships that ‘they maintain with each other but also in their vision of the world, of the family etc., which evolves over the course of the plot.
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