The surprise is size and a real pleasure! Clermont-Ferrand, known Michelin. We discovered this week a second institution: Alain Moreau, alias Gérard Depardieu. A found Depardieu. Directed by Xavier Giannoli and as visited by grace, it embodies in "When I was singing" a massive and crooner, happy and popular leader, with his "roucoule", Saturday night dances and charity evenings in the town of Bibendum. A youth fell from the sky (the exquisite Cécile de France) is found by distraction in his arms, and it is everything... Returned empty-handed at the Festival de Cannes, nice film on the wire of the cliché avoid all traps, distilled into a discrete emotion, we renders the old tunes is loved and the great actor believed to be lost.
Tobacco, and its powerful industry, the movies, so far, loved emphasize the harm in glorifying the anonymous, brave David, who dared attack the Goliath in the courts. But, today, nothing is more: he seduces us with one of his acolytes, beautiful blond fiercely smile (Aaron Eckhart), in "Thank You for Smoking", first corrosive the American Jason Reitman film, embodies one of the lobbyists. Adapted successfully to a novel scraping away, this table to the vitriol of a cynical America in competition at Deauville, plays the politically incorrect gleefully. And it's... very funny!
Scarlett Johansson, her, seduced us rightly, since "Lost in Translation" up to "Match Point". It is pleased until applaud it soon in "Black Dahlia", Brian de Palma, and "Scoop" of Woody Allen, see Taming a Travolta alcoholic and fallen, but rather convincing (definitely, it is the week of the ghosts) in "Love Song", first film (yet), while a little mélo but rather well structured, of the American Shainee Gabel.
Architect Frank Gehry is admired today especially the staggering Guggenheim in Bilbao. The best know him and his work, thanks to "Sketches of Frank Gehry", a fascinating documentary filmed for five years by his friend Sydney Pollack
Not to be missed, finally, the recovery of "African Queen", one of the most beautiful films of John Huston, with Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. And less classical re-grouped output turned four films between 1959 and 1964 by a very young Philippe de Broca with a young Jean-Pierre Cassel: "The games of love", "The prankster", "The lover of five days", "A gentleman of company". Four small intact joys...
Always on display
For his modesty and his accuracy, "I am fine, don't worry," of directed by Philippe Lioret, story of the suffering of a young girl, the miraculous Mélanie Laurent, before the unexplained disappearance of his twin brother. For its cruelty felted, his Machiavellian suspense and two interpreters, Catherine Frot and Déborah François, "The Turner of pages", of Denis Dercourt. For his humour epicurean and far-fetched, "Gardens in autumn", where Otar Iosseliani conte reunion with the real life of a Minister resigned. For the strength of its evocation and beliefs, "the wind rises", Ken Loach, story of the revolt of Irish peasants against the British in 1920 army and fratricidal heartbreak that followed (palme d'Or in Cannes). For his look at the Egypt of the 20th century and its social upheavals that have universal value, "The Yacoubian building", of Marwan Hamed. And for his spirited tinged with bitterness, "little Miss sunshine", Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, portrait of a fanciful family which crystallizes with resonated through the deep America, grand prix Deauville last Sunday.
On the small screen
Friday: "the life and all the rest", by and with Woody Allen (21 hours, CC Emotion). Saturday: "Neverland", by Marc Forster, where Johnny Depp is the creator of "Peter Pan" (20 h 50, Canal ). Sunday: "indiscretions", a signed gem Cukor, with Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart (22 h 40, TCM).