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I'll Always See Your Faces, Captain Volkonogov Escaped, The Lost King... What Movies Should You See or Avoid This Week?


Victims of attacks and those guilty of similar offenses meet, an officer who committed the worst abuses suddenly feels remorse, an amateur historian discovers the remains of King Richard III... The cinema selection of Le Figaro.

I will always see your faces




Drama by Jeanne Herry, 1h58

The method consists in bringing together victims of assaults and perpetrators of similar offences.

Prisoners do not necessarily want to be confronted with the damage caused by their misdeeds.

Meetings are held three hours a week.

The camera fascinates, surprises, challenges.

This causes incomprehension, terrible anger, a glimmer of hope.

This praise of listening and mediation is worth by its writing, by its precision, by its direction of actors, all at the top.

The suave Élodie Bouchez, lookalike of Geraldine Chaplin, tries to make violence a thing of the past.

Jeanne Herry wins the match, hands down, despite some useless flashbacks.

His film is moving, sincere and simple at the same time.

Sometimes the real can be cinematic.


Read alsoOur review of I will always see your faces: victims and offenders face to face

Captain Volkonogov Escaped




Drama by Natalya Merkulova and Aleksey Chupov, 2h05

In 1938, the purges are in full swing.

An officer, who has committed the worst abuses, suddenly feels remorse.

Only one solution: flight.

Shaved head, red tracksuit, he hides in a city full of dangers, rumbling with threats and symbols.

The authorities are on his trail.

The hero zigzags through disused factories, rushes through dusty corridors, takes refuge in ruined palaces with floors strewn with straw, hides in sheds with walls covered with saltpetre.

At one point, a miraculous appearance, an orange Zeppelin flies over the buildings in slow motion under the incredulous gaze of passers-by, a brief moment of peace in this tornado of violence and emotions, reminiscent of a sequence from Hope and


, by John Boorman.

Natalia Merkoulova and Alexeï Tchoupov film like we box.

Aesthetes will say that it's all very Russian.

In any case, it provides this terrible, feverish, inhabited film, clenched like a fist, rough like a lava rock.


Read alsoOur review of Captain Volkonogov escaped: the infernal mare

The Lost King


Must See

Comedy drama by Stephen Frears, 1h49


The Lost King

, Stephen Fears tells the true story of the struggle of Philippa Langley, this amateur historian who discovered in 2012 the remains of King Richard III, one of the most controversial monarchs in the history of Great Britain.

Regularly despised at work because she suffers from

"chronic fatigue syndrome"

, this divorced mother embodied by Sally Hawkins (

The Shape of Water

) falls short in front of the interpreter of the

"Usurper King"

(played by handsome Harry Lloyd).

Leaving the show, in her heart of hearts, her decision is made: she will try to find out if Richard III really resembles the unflattering portrait painted by the great William.

Stephen Frears stages this relentless quest with mischievousness and English humor that hit home.

An elegant portrait of a woman coupled with a eulogy of perseverance, all illuminated by the moving performance of Sally Hawkins.

By Jovc!

God save the King.


Read alsoOur review of The Lost King: Richard III finds his sweetheart


- What to see

Drama by Romain Quirot, 1h35

Billie (Alice Isaaz, amazing as a vengeful sister) remains a bruised thief, who somehow survives her trauma.

Arrested, she spent fifteen years behind bars and swore revenge.

The person responsible for his misfortunes is called Jesus (Niels Schneider, perfect as a charismatic villain).

He's the leader of the Butte wolf gang.

Scarred, out of control, he leads his band like a small army of Desperados thirsty for blood and revenge.

As for Billie, this savage Monte-Christo, she joins the gang with the determination of an infiltrator who has put a handkerchief on her feelings.

However, the more she shares the daily life of her new family, the more she falls under the charm and fascination of the one she has come to murder.

The dark romance between Billie and Jesus

only stronger and exalted.

Of course, everyone will lose their feathers!

After all, nothing but very logical for these


who have chosen to shout their furious freedom in the face of the world.


Read alsoOur review of Apaches, a Parisian western during the Belle Époque

Trips to Italy


What to see

Comedy by Sophie Letourneur, 1h31

Sophie (Sophie Letourneur herself) and Jean-Fi (Philippe Katerine) are already parents of a little Raoul.

Domestic life, usury, verbena have changed adrenaline into routine.

To rekindle the flame, she offers a romantic getaway.

They set sail for Sicily and the Aeolian Islands.

But leaving Raoul in Paris with his in-laws worries Jean-Fi.

Just like flying.

They argue over whether to rent one or two scooters.

She finds it more romantic to ride two on the same boat.

Jean-Fi plays conciliatory.

He adapts to the other, even if it means losing his free will.

These Parisian sores look like any middle-class couple.

With his neuroses, his libido at half mast, and his tenderness that endures despite the disappointments.

Like he usually does,

Sophie Letourneur practices self-fiction with a mixture of rawness and self-mockery.

For her, the trivial is never banal.


Greater Paris


What to see

Comedy by Martin Jauvat, 1h12

The first feature film by Martin Jauvat, 26, features two idlers (a possible translation of


), Leslie (Mahamadou Sangaré) and Renard (Jauvat himself).

On a construction site of the future Greater Paris metro line, the two friends find a mysterious object with esoteric inscriptions.

Artifact, ancient talisman or relic of a vanished civilization, there is undoubtedly money to be made.

This is the beginning of an enigma to be solved and a road movie by public transport (bus, metro, RER, trains, noctilien) which should lead them to the Louvre.

Of Martin Jauvat, we know that he grew up in Chelles, a medium-sized town in Seine-et-Marne, that he did not go to film school, that he spent a lot of time in transport and that he shot a handful of short films.

From now on, we know that he is full of talent.


Read alsoOur review of Grand Paris: a little gem

Good driving

- We can


Police comedy by Jonathan Barré, 1h32

Good driving starts with a bang.

During the day, Pauline is a road safety psychologist.

It organizes license point recovery courses for beautiful winners (special mention to Thomas VDB).

At night, she kills speeders at the wheel of her racing car to take revenge for the death of her lover.

Laure Calamy has fun with the Palmashow band: Jonathan Barré behind the camera, Grégoire Ludig and David Marsais in front, very amusing as a duo of cops without flair.

Tchéky Karyo as a big bad guy is less convincing.

And the comedy runs out of steam as the plot veers towards the parody of the Guy Ritchie-esque mobster film.

The stroke of the breakdown of inspiration.


Los reyes del mundo

- We can


Drama by Laura Mora Ortega, 1h51

A hallucinatory road movie filmed by Colombian Laura Mora Ortega,

Los reyes del mundo

tells the wild odyssey of five kids from the streets of Medellín, who have been dangled with the possibility of an inheritance.

Awarded at the San Sebastián festival, this tale depicts a band of mischievous kids leaving the metropolis to go deep into the forest in search of a plot of land bequeathed by a grandmother.

One thinks of Los Olvidados by Bunuel, but also of The City of God by Fernando Mereilles.

A punchy, stormy, tragic film, but shot through with moments of grace...



Rage of the Gods



Superheroes by David F. Sandberg, 2h11

Which fly stung the Warner to embark on such a turnip?

As much as the first film in the form of a learning story spun the metaphor of the difficult transition to puberty of the young orphan hero Bill Batson, alias Shazam (Zachary Levi), this second feature, winded and badly scripted, gets entangled in a plot sewn with white thread.

All the charm of the first movie is gone.

There remains an indigestible


of action sequences, of confused mythology, with immature teenagers fighting against a ridiculous dragon belonging to the three daughters of the giant Atlas who have come to take revenge on earth.

Shazam the rage of the gods

definitely does not spark.

It would even be for the spectators to be enraged.


Source: lefigaro

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