On your screens… “Les miserables”, “Aline” and others

This week on your screens, we recommend the films Les Miserables, Aline, The Resurrection Matrix and others.

(1): Masterpiece, (2): Remarkable, (3): Very good, (4): Good, (5): Average, (6): Poor, (7): Shabby.


Aline

(4): Good

Directed by Valérie Lemercier | Canada | Biographical drama | Starring Valérie Lemercier, Sylvain Marcel, Danielle Fichaud

What’s this ? Convinced that her daughter is gifted for singing, a mother from Quebec sends an audio cassette to a famous agent. Thanks to his wise advice, the teenager begins a brilliant career and becomes a world star.

How is it ? Admiring Céline Dion’s career, actress and filmmaker Valérie Lemercier devotes a very personal biography to her, where irony, humor and respect intertwine. Quirky and very second degree in the first part, the film then becomes more classic. Lemercier is nevertheless staggeringly truthful in the title role.

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The tender bar

(4): Good

Directed by George Clooney | United States | Drama | Starring Ben Affleck, Tye Sheridan, Daniel Ranieri

What’s this ? Portrait of the long friendship that unites the son of an absent father, who wishes to become a writer, and his bartender uncle, who will be his mentor from childhood to adulthood.

How is it ? This careful adaptation of the memoirs of journalist JR Moehringer (a Pulitzer Prize winner) takes the form of a charming, if sometimes conventional, initiatory tale. The discreet realization of George Clooney (Good Night, and good luck) is mainly focused on the performance of Ben Affleck, particularly memorable.

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The Matrix Resurrections

(4): Good

Directed by Lana Wachowski | United States | Science fiction drama | Starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

What’s this ? In an alternate reality, Thomas Anderson is about to release a third version of THE MATRIX, a popular video game he invented. It is then that he receives a visit from a mysterious stranger, who says his name is Morpheus.

How is it ? At the crossroads of ADAPTATION and BACK TO THE FUTURE 2, this metafictional and self-referential sequel seduces more by its narrative pirouettes than by its disappointing reworking of familiar elements. Often enjoyable, the ensemble allows its stars to playfully and emotionally reinvent the characters they once created.

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Mother/Android (Mother/Android)

(5): Medium

Directed by Mattson Tomlin | United States | Science fiction drama | Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Algee Smith, Raul Castillo

What’s this ? In a world where android servants have revolted against their human masters, a pregnant young woman and her boyfriend travel through dangerous “no man’s land” in search of a safer place.

How is it ? Scriptwriter of the taker little fish, Mattson Tomlin displays less originality in this first realization, which takes up familiar themes of science fiction in a superficial way. Although vigorous, the staging lacks rhythm and the pathos of the denouement removes the emotional force from the acting of the invested Chloë Grace Moretz.

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Wretched

(3): Very good

Directed by Ladj Ly | France | Social drama | Starring Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti, Djibril Zonga

What’s this ? The first day of a Cherbourg policeman in a disadvantaged Parisian suburb is marked by a dramatic incident, likely to compromise the careers of his colleagues, two corrupt patrol officers who abuse their power.

How is it ? From a short film made in 2017, Ladj Ly has germinated a hard-hitting and nervous first feature, which demonstrates a beautiful formal and technical assurance. At the crossroads of LA HAINE, TRAINING DAY and DO THE RIGHT THING, his story certainly seems familiar, until a disturbing outcome of rare violence, which gives the title its full meaning.

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The tragedy of Macbeth (The Tragedy of Macbeth)

(3): Very good

Directed by Joel Coen | United States | Drama | Starring Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand, Brendan Gleeson

What’s this ? After three witches have predicted to him that he will be crowned king of Scotland, an embittered lord, encouraged by his ambitious wife, engages in a murderous spiral, from which he will not emerge unscathed.

How is it ? With this minimalist reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s play, Joel Coen (working here without his brother Ethan, a first) plunges us into a chilling maze of madness, rich in visual finds and draped in expressionist black and white. Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand make up a memorable cursed couple.

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On your screens… “Les miserables”, “Aline” and others