Valérie Lemercier in Céline Dion, the cathartic journey of a former rodeo champion, the madness of a mother. Discover the cinema selection of Figaro.
Aline , a (false) biopic of Valérie Lemercier, 2h06
Valérie Lemercier may well defend herself from having signed a parody of Celine Dion’s life and career, we laugh a lot at the sight ofAline, false biopic and true comedy, mixture of fascination and derision. We can care about the singer from Quebec and appreciate the performance of the actress-director. She finds here a subject to the excess of her talent. Lemercier reinterprets the highlights of Celine’s rise, from her childhood to her lonely glory in a Las Vegas casino, a golden prison for an abandoned queen, doomed to a limo-work-sleep routine in a disenchanted show business industry. Aline Dieu was born in Quebec at the end of the 1960s. Fourteenth offspring of Sylvette and Anglomard, the girl plays the violin and pushes the song. Lemercier leaves no one else the task of interpreting the future star at this age, thanks to a digital special effect that allows her face to be embedded on a little girl’s body. […] Aline is a trunk full of disguises, mainly provided with princess dresses, but there is something monstrous about the carnival. É. S.
Cry macho , a drama by Clint Eastwood, 1 h 44
It is not going strong. Mike Milo lost his job as a horse trainer. This former rodeo champion has his back in compote and he spends his days in his rocking chair silently contemplating the vestiges of his past glory displayed on the walls of his living room. Memories rush to her throat. Poor Mike. He doesn’t talk much about it, but he lost his wife and son in an accident. He has come a long way. The tragedy plunged him into alcohol and drugs. His boss pulled him out of there. So when he asks him to go to Mexico to pick up his 13-year-old son Rafa, whom he abandoned a long time ago, he cannot refuse. He’s gone across the border at the wheel of his Chevy like him. […] At 91, Clint Eastwood is back in the saddle in a terribly moving melancholy ballad. É. NOT.
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Crazy life , a drama by Ann Sirot and Raphaël Balboni, 1 h 27
After bipolarity in The Unquiet, semantic dementia, a degenerative disease suffered by the director’s mother, Raphaël Balboni, played in fiction by the excellent Jo Deseure. Suzanne begins to behave wacky, makes incoherent remarks and ends up not recognizing those around her. She becomes a burden for her son Alex and his partner, Noémie. Their desire for a child is blunted. The film alternates realistic descriptions and formalistic sequences, the costumes of the characters blending with the setting. An uneven but interesting first feature film. É. S.
Tre piani , a dramatic comedy by Nanni Moretti, 1h59
There are always minor films in the career of a great filmmaker. Tre piani , by Nanni Moretti, is one of them. Twenty years after his palme d’or for The son’s room, the Italian filmmaker was yet back in competition at the Cannes Film Festival this year. We understand why he left empty-handed. In Tre piani, it all starts with a quiet night. Three families live in a bourgeois Roman building. On the ground floor, we find Lucio (Riccardo Scamarcio), a young paterfamilias married to Sara (Elena Lietti) and their 7-year-old granddaughter whom they occasionally entrust to their next-door neighbors, surrogate grandparents despite the “absences” of the grandpa cake. One evening, an uncontrollable car appears, which hits a lady and ends its mad race in the frosted glass wall of Lucio’s office. Andrea, the unworthy son of an inflexible magistrate embodied by Nanni Moretti himself, lost control of his vehicle under the eyes of Monica (Alba Rohrwacher) who left to give birth alone in the maternity hospital. From this initial cymbal stroke results a series of unfortunate scores that the spectator will follow like a series of distinct serials. OD
A good man , a drama by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar, 1 h 48
“Popularize” social issues with the cinema. In The sky will wait, Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar accurately showed the Islamist enrollment of a young French woman. In A Good Man (why this title in English?), it features a trans man (born in a woman’s body). Benjamin (Noémie Merlant with a beard and a doctored voice) and Aude (Soko) love each other and suffer from not being able to have children. When Benjamin decides that he will wear it, his transidentity comes to light. A message of tolerance weighed down by an overly demonstrative and consensual scenario. É. S.
Walk on water , a documentary by Aïssa Maïga, 1 h 29
The green documentary of the week is signed by actress Aïssa Maïga. The inhabitants of a village in Niger walk for kilometers to draw water while waiting for the construction of a borehole. The children are on their own, just like the spectators. É. S.
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Aline, Cry macho, A crazy life… The films to see or avoid this week at the cinema