Bradley Cooper dans Nightmare Alley, Gérard Darmon dans L'amour c'est mieux que la vie, Stephen Graham dans The Chef.

Nightmare Alley, Love is better than life, The Chef… Movies to watch or avoid this week

A tale about greed, a story of friendship, a gastronomic “coup de feu” that turns into sadness… What should we watch at the cinema this week? Discover the cinema selection in figaro.

nightmare alley – have

Drama by Guillermo del Toro, 2 h 31

Guillermo del Toro, on the strength of his victory with water shape (The Golden Lion in Venice 2017), fulfills an age-old dream by putting on screen the works of William Lindsey Grisham, a writer who committed suicide in 1962 and drowned everything in alcohol (Marxism, psychoanalysis, Tarot, Christianity, Buddhism). Stan Carlisle becomes a carnival charlatan whose main attraction is a beast that chops off a chicken’s head with its teeth. Guillermo del Toro lives at home among those marginalized (dwarf, bearded, bearded woman and other freaks) but he doesn’t force the line, preferring dark realism over hideous magic. The Mexican director walks through this nightmarish alley in trompe-l’oeil elegance. Alley, or rather a cruel ring, closes on Carlisle, against the hero of a tale about naivety and greed. The Carlisle Trail is also a metaphor for cinema, which was originally fairground art before it became indoor entertainment. It. s.

Love is better than life – have

Comedy by Claude Lelouch, 1 hour and 55 minutes

Gerard Darmon will not be long. A matter of months. One last tour around the world in first class, and welcome to the company. This is what it’s like to smoke a lot. His two friends are good boys. They met in prison, decided to be honest – the easiest way to get rich – and decided to offer him one last love story. With time running out, they call in a pro. Above all, that their friend does not know. Banco, says Sandrine Bonnier, who is thrilled to be discovered as head of Call Girls Network. The dialogues are ringing true, as always. A man talking to a woman. you answer him Starting. Lelouch may have one flaw: himself. This guy is talented with youth. It defies civil status. His method of shooting gives a certain atmosphere to life and cinema. He shows goodbye, smiling, optimistic and disappointed. His enthusiasm drives him to drift off to an unforgettable song, the only hitch in this history where we collect cabinets, prefer spicy couscous, drink the best beer in the world and play who will succeed in the prettiest burial head. It. number.

Chef – have

Dram de Filip Barantini – 1h34

Philip Barantini’s feature film, shot in one take for 1 hour and 34 minutes, leaves the viewer breathless, stunned and lost. The action takes place in an elegant “Bistromy” restaurant somewhere in London on the Friday before Christmas (“Magic Friday”). The camera tracks heroes, customers, waiters, or scoops, in the kitchen, past, in the dining room, even in the toilets if necessary, as in the narrow hallways of a sunken submarine. The expression “gunshot” has never been aptly named: we understand at once that no one will be left unscathed from this service. Is it because the director himself was a chef? In any case, the film describes the pressure the teams are under like never before when it’s necessary to send the plates out with rhythm, as in shooting clay. Food plays only a secondary role. Carried by the dramatic tension of each moment and brilliant interpretation, Chef It is much more than a film about the petty ordeals of a restaurant: a reflection of a world losing its mind, where we no longer know how to talk to each other and where the violence of desperation imposes itself, even beyond repair. S. DS.

Persian lessons – you can see

Historical drama directed by Vadim Perelman, 2h07

It is a movie about the unrivaled power of deception. In 1942, escaping from a firing squad, a young Belgian Jew (Nahuel Pérez Biskart, impressive in his fragility and wit) claims that he is not a Jew… but a Persian. In the camp, a Nazi officer, Captain Koch, is looking for a Persian to learn his language in order to open a restaurant in Tehran after the war, when he joins his brother. A strange relationship develops between the two men. On the edge of the razor, the hero brings his opponent into his babbling language bubble, so much so that the two men begin to speak fluently while using these hilarious Persian terms. What definitely wins the viewer’s support is the exceptional duel that takes place between actors with subtle nuances and subtleties. Much mystery hangs over this strange relationship between an alleged professor and an SS officer who is obnoxious yet deeply human in his deep naivete. Even the confrontation gains emotional force when the game of cat and mouse, based on the arbitrary domination of the executioner over his prisoner, gradually ends up on the side of the hero…. OD

Michael Cimino, American mirage – you can see

Documentary by Jean-Baptiste Thoret, 2 hours 10 minutes

In April 2010, Jean-Baptiste Thoret set out with Michael Cimino, from Los Angeles to Colorado. Kilometers of recorded conversations became a great interview published in cinema notebooks, a book, and then a 52-minute documentary that aired on Arte in 2021, Michael Cimino, God bless America. In the winter of 2020, Thoret returns in the footsteps of Cimino, whose seductive, ghostly voice can be heard in the elegant images of the American West. Michael Cimino, American mirageShowing in theaters on Wednesday, is the long version of this movie. Thoret resides in Mingo Junction (Ohio) which serves as a backdrop for Journey to the End of Hell (Deer Hunter), The first in a series of masterpieces that evoke the Vietnam War. An absolute fan, Tarantino, screenwriter James Tupac and Oliver Stone are back with their director’s ups and downs. Stone, co-author with Cimino of year of the dragon, reminds us of paranoia, even self-destruction, to whom we owe one of the most beautiful definitions of his art: “The film industry is a nostalgic invention that did not exist before.” It. s.

Elsewhere – you can see

Drama by Aurelia George, 1h52

Nellie Laborde, a penniless young laundromat, orphan sentenced to robbery and “worse,” wants to change her life at any cost, trying to break out of her social status. Having become a stretcher carrier at the height of the war, the heroine picks up a drowned young woman on the side of the road. This Swiss, named Rose Juliet (Maud Wheeler), tells her that she is going to meet an old aristocrat, a friend of her late father, who will take her as her companion. Rose Juliet succumbs to a blast. Nélie decides to try her luck. She steals the letter of introduction, the coat of the deceased, and goes to Madame de Linguil’s house. Although a bit wise classic, Aurélia Georges pulls off the game thanks to the tangible collusion that unites the two lead actresses. The scenes between Sabine Azéma and Lyna Khoudry, the influential, made with a beautiful dash of tenderness and great emotional precision, manage to raise the spectator above the social possibilities of one and the other. This is the trait of great actresses. OD

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