– “Olga”, Switzerland at the Oscars? And all the movies of the week
A prodigy director facing the old guard, Nicole Garcia, Nathalie Baye or Jean-Paul Rouve.
“Olga”, under the rigor, the storm of emotions
Drama In 2013, Olga, a 15-year-old gymnast with shoulders as strong as her determination, fled Ukraine. His mother, a militant journalist who covers the pro-European demonstrations there, “Euromaïdan”, risking her life, sees this exile in Macolin in Switzerland with relief. But soon, anguish, even guilt, gnaws at the teenager.
For this first film, the director Elie Grappe is inspired by the rigor of the athletes he observes. As if to keep all cumbersome pathos at a distance, the gaze is contained in coldness. The effort here, if it perspires its physical and psychological pains during training, disappears as if by magic during the official execution of the figures.
This mental gymnastics between what is shown and what remains hidden, the filmmaker imposes on himself with the same severity. The story, like hands coated with chalk, never slips towards easy symbols or obvious procrastination. From where the astonishing invoice of a film which seems to flirt with the documentary and yet, kneads its fiction with full skin. Arched towards the sky, at the risk of crashing to the ground, “Olga” then captures the extraordinary ambition of men to want to touch the gods. KEY
Brief meeting Antoine becomes deaf. And yet, he is not yet old enough to be hard of hearing. But we have to admit that it messes up his life. And because of that, he gets stuck in a succession of misunderstandings. In this role as tragic as it is funny, we find Pascal Elbé. Which also wanted to make this film where he gives the answer to a Sandrine Kiberlain as always inventive and sharp.
“We are made to get along”, a comedy at times vacharde, is even the third production of an actor who, after “Tête de Turc” and “I count on you”, begins to take a liking to it. “It makes me very happy,” he told us recently during a visit to Switzerland. In three films, I think I got out of the bottle. I don’t care if I like it or not. ”
And if he wants to play it, it is also, he says, because he appreciates himself as an actor. Vanity? Not even. “It allows me to be at the right distance and to feed on the opinions of others. And that without ease. The casting, I took a long time to concoct it. Valérie Donzelli and François Berléand, I had never played with them. ”
Apart from that, Pascal Elbé admits that he is not suspicious enough. “I like to think of people as benevolent, but sometimes I am sorely wrong. I am moreover more surprised than disappointed. Anyway, people of suspicious nature tire me. ” As for regrets, he admits only one. “I was loved, of course, but not loved enough.” PGA
Tendency In the Dior workshops, unchanging rules organize the ballet for little hands, from cousettes to workshop premieres. Seasoned, rigorous, these ladies sometimes joke but in general, silence dominates bickering and keeps the everyday. Until the day when an apprentice came from the suburbs, gifted who does a task.
On this very predictable canvas, the “old” Nathalie Baye amazes by its power of play in the face of a revelation, Lyna Khoudri, seen in “Papicha” or “French Dispatch”. Like a designer dress, it couldn’t have come at a better time. KEY
Drama (Fr., 101 ‘) Rating: 2 stars (interesting)
“Simple passion”, but it’s more complicated
Love story Adapted from Annie Ernaux’s story, which already inspired theater actors, “Simple Passion” tells the story of the crazy, violent, total and absurd love for a man. The woman recounts this incandescent – magnificent adventure Laetitia Dosch which sublimates this role by a total commitment. The camera follows this enterprise, which proves to be both self-destructive and rich in teaching. Only the soundtrack, of a formidable adequacy, seems to frame this emotional flow. KEY
Drama (Fr., 99 ‘) Rating: 2 stars
“Lovers” fatigue Nicole Garcia
Suspense Pierre Niney and Benoît Magimel strive to give credibility to an inconsistent story turned by Nicole garcia, here uninspired. This is a love story that takes place over several years and different continents. With, in the center, a mystery that questions passion while allowing us to question the mechanisms of betrayal.
From a strictly recitative point of view, the film can be seen with a certain nonchalance, a bit like reading an old photo novel in an airport between two flights. The trio of actors summoned is relatively convincing. Pierre Niney and Benoît Magimel seem to be of the same caliber, Stacy Martin is less striking.
But the staging of Nicole Garcia remains behind. Credibility suffers. “Lovers” is not his best film.PGA
Thriller (Fr., 102 ‘). Rating: 1 star (Not bad)
“Ghostbusters: after life”, kid version
Revisit In the 1980s, between “Goonies” and other ghost hunters, a generation of American filmmakers emerged. Led by Steven Spielberg, this gifted gang enchanted the kids of the time… and even their children, then their grandchildren. From this perspective, the determination of Hollywood producers to resuscitate fervor for these childhood adventurers is understandable.
“Ghostbusters”, the splendid incursion of a gang led by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, and assisted by the lively Sigourney Weaver, saw its female version, here is its kid version. Director Ivan Reitman’s son Jason holds the gun. You have been warned, to your magnetos! KEY
Comedy (USA, 124 ‘) Rating: 0 (At your own risk)
“The Power of the Dog”, a very classy western
Dark movie For twelve years, Jane campion had only clocked in with the “Top of the Lake” miniseries. With “The Power of the Dog” (“The Power of the Dog”), the director returns to the cinematographic format. Produced by Netflix, crowned by the Golden Lion… the New Zealander has always managed to maintain her integrity. The proof, again, with this brilliant adaptation of the cult novel by Thomas Savage. A text with laconic simplicity in which vibrates the savagery of souls and the fragility of bodies.
In 1925 Montana, Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch), a super arrogant and brutal looking alpha male, towers over his more shy brother George (Jesse Plemons). This nice guy ends up marrying a widow, brings her back to the ranch with her son. Sexual tensions are heightened, secrets are outlined, dangerous in this climate of male toxicity.
Campion, a fine anthropologist by training, knows how to draw from the landscape the material that shapes societies, to register the impulses that work his characters. See the powerful waves of “The Piano Lesson”, the corseted London of “Portrait of a Lady”. Even more than these telluric forces, his cinema, here framed by the codes of the western, constantly recalls the universal power of sexuality. On big or small screen.KEY
Film noir (NZ, 127 ‘). Rating: 3 stars (excellent)
Cécile Lecoultre, of Belgian origin, graduated from the University of Brussels in art history and archeology, has been writing in the cultural section since 1985. She is passionate about literature and cinema… among others!
Pascal Gavillet has been a journalist in the cultural section since 1992. He mainly deals with cinema, but he also sometimes writes on other fields. In particular the sciences. As such, he is also a mathematician.