Weekend cinema. “Little mom” and “Playlist”, our tips of the week

Little mom, it is the story of an 8-year-old girl, Nelly. Her grandmother dies at the start of the film, she leaves to help her parents empty her house and while playing in the surrounding woods, she meets Marianne, also 8 years old, who is none other than her own mother who has become a child. As Céline Sciamma herself says, we are both in children’s tales and family melodies and this gives rise to several strong scenes, sometimes funny, sometimes upsetting where children’s games mingle with real conversations. adults and where adults, precisely, seem absent and foreign to history. “The film asks the question of the mystery that parents are for children”, underlines the director.

The director also signed the costumes for the film and some of the music and Little mom, very nice rather short film, 1h10, is therefore intended for all audiences. Another director is in the spotlight this week, for her first feature film. Nine Antico, who until now has mainly been known as a comic book author. Playlist is a very pleasant comedy about a young girl of almost 30 years old, Sophie, played by Sara Forestier who juggles odd jobs and lovers not necessarily all up to it and who dreams of making her passion, drawing, her job. Autobiographical film, both modern and vintage, with a pop aesthetic, soundtrack to match and a black and white image but also a feminist work. Around an impeccable Sara Forestier, the rest of the cast is perfect, notably with Laetitia Dosch or Grégoire Colin. After – in chronological order – Little soldier by Jean-Luc Godard, The Battle of Algiers by Gillo Pontecorvo, RAS by Yves Boisset, or the films by Alain Cavalier and Philippe Faucon, not to mention The intimate enemy by Florent-Emilio Siri in 2007 from the book by Patrick Rotman, here is a new French film on the Algerian War, Men, signed Lucas Belvaux, another adaptation, but this time from Laurent Mauvignier’s novel.

The film is placed on the side of the conscripts and the consequences of the war on their lives and their relationships, several years later, in a village in the Morvan. Gérard Depardieu, Catherine Frot and Jean-Pierre Darroussin give each other the answer in the sequences that take place nowadays, but they are not necessarily the best of the film. On the other hand, the scenes in Algeria are quite strong and the performance of the young Yoann Zimmer does not leave indifferent. Finally, among the other films showing since Wednesday there is also Billie Holiday a matter of state which tells how the immense jazz singer and her excesses were the target of the FBI. If you’re in the fairly classic and slightly flashy biopic, it’s hard not to find actress Andra Day absolutely remarkable in the role of Lady Day.

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