Arras Film Festival Day 3: French cinema in great shape – Toutelaculture

The 22nd edition of Arras Film Festival continues to thrill locals and moviegoers who flock to the theaters from morning to night. Back on our 3rd day full of emotions.

It is under a magnificent sun that All Culture went to the Grande Place to start a week filled with previews before the start of the official competition this Thursday, November 11. A new festival day which had actually started the day before with the new film by Laurent Cantet: Arthur rambo.

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Since his remarkable visit to Cannes with Between the walls and his Palme d’Or, the French director continued to explore French society and the evils that plague it. With Arthur rambo, he freely takes up the Mehdi Meklat affair which erupted a few years ago: Karim D, a young writer of Algerian origin who knows an overwhelming success is quickly confronted with the racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic and sexist tweets that he had written under a nickname. Through this new feature film, Cantet then decides to center his plot on an extremely short temporality: just two days to expose the action in its pure effectiveness, the glory and the fall of a young artist.

On arrival, he signs a beautiful dive into the intimate that takes us to the guts and does not let us go for a single second. The spectator has a front row seat in this descent into hell by Karim D, accurately interpreted by Rabah Naït Oufella, one of the young actors revealed during the filming ofBetween the walls. With this film, Cantet also takes the opportunity to question the place of social networks in our life and our way of using them. After the screening, the French director will also add that he wants to make a film ” which does not judge or protect the character, but almost a documentary film “. You will have to wait until February 8, 2022 to discover the film at the cinema.

Clash of generations and crossed destinies in Rome

The festival day got off to a melancholy start with the screening of the Italian film Our best years which retraces the life paths of a friendly quartet (we necessarily think of the film We loved each other so much by Ettore Scola). For more than 2 hours and over a period from 1980 to the present day, the spectator is wandered on a background of Italian songs. We then let ourselves be lulled by the different phases of life punctuated by historical facts (the fall of the Berlin Wall, the transition to the year 2000, the attacks of September 11) in order to find our bearings in the chronology.

We therefore discover through a moving and warm story, the changes in the course of these four children that we get to know over the course of the twists and turns. Director Gabriele Muccino manages to keep the pace and offers a feature film that makes you think about the passing of time, on friendship, love, the life of a couple but also on education and transmission. A pleasant film to follow, even if the fact of breaking the 4th wall by speaking directly to us may seem a bit superficial since the voiceover is already present to contextualize the facts. We will especially remember the beautiful array of actors who energize the film and in particular Pierfransco Favino (The traitor) a great figure in current Italian cinema. In theaters on December 29th.

Noémie Merlant continues her ascent

We then continue with the first feature film of the rising star of French cinema: Noemie Merlant (Portrait of the girl on fire, The Olympics). With Mi iubita, my lover, it dissects a slice of life that really resembles a summer stroll. Or more precisely, an immersion in the bachelorette party of Jeanne (played by Noémie Merlant) who decides to go with three of her friends to Romania. After a car theft, the group finds itself staying with a family of gypsies. They notably meet Nino, a young man who will come to upset their feelings.

This first production is a free film that fits into temporality like a summer break, an authentic stroll where the opposition between two worlds brings a sociological dimension to the footage. Discussions around love, marriage, life journeys embellish a tale that is meant to be light. The film spins at full speed thanks to a staging without frills, which fixes the bodies and catches the glances to increase in intensity. The young actress and director is everywhere and captivates us with her gaze and that of Nicolae Covaci, who plays the role of Nino. A solar alchemy between the two characters who wears brilliantly Mi iubita, my love.

Clandestine abortion brought to the screen

Finally the last screening of the day which was eagerly awaited at the Arras Film Festival: The event ofAudrey Diwan, who received the Golden Lion in Venice last September. ” When I had an abortion I wanted to read on the subject, a friend then advised me to read Annie Ernaux’s novel. »Confides the director at the end of the screening. Very marked by this reading, she decides to make an adaptation for the cinema, but her desire is to make a film on the course of this woman, not to make one centered on clandestine abortion. In The event, we follow the daily life of Anne, a literature student in Angoulême in the 60s who sees her life change when she learns of her pregnancy. A baby she doesn’t want to keep. Then begins a grueling fight to abort, a race against time to defy the law.

Audrey Diwan, sends the spectator in a France of the Sixties which freezes the blood, the word abortion making desert anyone for fear of prison or death … Many characters revolve around Anne, each providing in their own way a context on this jump in time: medical profession, family, friends, teacher … The director does not abandon all the part related to female pleasure, introduced in a subtle, even amusing way, without forgetting the notion of class defector. The reveal of the film is called Anamaria Vartolomei. The viewer only has eyes for this young actress, due to the plot but also via the staging of the film, very focused on faces and bodies, leaving little room for the back shot. A powerful film on an important theme, which is likely to be talked about in theaters from November 24.

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