Cheerful, gentle, subtle… Release to the cinema on October 12

Innocent ***

Louis Harrel

French film, 1 hour 40

Abel (Louis Harrel) is literally in a panic because of his mother’s remarriage to a prisoner he met in prison, where she runs theater workshops. Little confident in the latter’s reintegration projects as a florist, Abel begins, to say the least, crazy, interspersed with misunderstandings and sinister characters. Louis Garrel signs a charming fantasy, a wonderful variation on the relationship of a mother and son and the profession of an actor. Undoubtedly his most perfect film and the most beautiful show of the season.

» READ REVIEW. The Innocent: Louis Harrell’s magical fantasy

♦ Little Nicholas. What are we waiting for to be happy? ***

Amandine Fredon and Benjamin Massoubre

Franco-Luxembourg animated film, 1 hour 22

Between documentary and feature film, this Annecy Festival Award-winning animated film combines the timeless adventures of a young schoolboy with the story of a meeting in Paris in 1955 between Gossinny and Sempe, who created Little Nicholas from childhood memories. With incredible precision of Sempe’s line, but dangerous to the animation because it is so delicate, the characters come to life before our awestruck eyes, making us forget a few scripted crutches.

» READ REVIEW. “Little Nicholas. What are we waiting for to be happy? » : award of distinction

Simona, the trip of the century *

Olivier Dahan

French film, 2 hours 20

After Edith Piaf and Grace of Monaco, Olivier Daan completes the trilogy of portraits of women raised to the height of icons with the life of Simone Wei. The film extends the focal length with a desire to avoid the overly linear biopic form with a mosaic story. It is linked to a happy childhood on the Cote d’Azur with secular Jewish parents and feeds back to the Nazi camps where Simone Jakob was deported at the age of 16 in April 1944 with her mother and sister Madeleine. Despite the bright production and lyrical flights, the full-length film manages to maintain interest in Simone Wei.

» READ REVIEW. “Simon, the journey of the century”, a French icon

Butterfly Vision **

Maksym Nakonechnyi

Ukrainian film, 1 hour 47

To imagine the image of Liliya Maksym Nakonechny was inspired by the testimonies of volunteer fighters who returned from Donbas and a documentary film dedicated to them. A specialist in air reconnaissance, her heroine, who spent two months in the hands of separatists, returns to her home in Kyiv thanks to the exchange of prisoners. Dealing with the subject of post-traumatic stress disorder, the director has the brains to translate it through fantastic scenes of extreme beauty where Lilia is transformed into a butterfly.

» READ REVIEW. “Vision of a butterfly”, injuries of a Ukrainian fighter

♦ Harkis **

Philippe Faucon

French film, 1 hour 22

Focusing on the last three years of the Algerian war, this film follows the fate of several men who joined the harka in September 1959. During their missions and increasingly bloody clashes with the FLN, they can only rely on the illusory protection offered by the French army until the latter disarmed them in 1962 before abandoning them. Despite a very realistic reconstruction supported by beautiful images, Harkis is primarily intended to be didactic, leaving little room for drama and character.

» READ REVIEW. “Les Harkis”, a chronicle of declared treason

A good start**

Xabi and Agnes Molia

French documentary, 1:30

During the year, Xabi and Agnes Molia filmed 14-15-year-olds on bumpy tracks as part of the Starter system. Every year there are about fifteen of them to integrate this third class, where they follow general lessons and do internships to define a professional project. The documentary portrays as accurately as possible the fascinating alchemy between teachers and unusual students. It captures fleeting moments of grace as well as metamorphoses and exciting new beginnings.

» READ REVIEW. “Good start”, climbing off bumpy roads

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