This week, we recommend the documentary on Olivier Sacks, the return of Borat, Nadia, Butterfly and others.
(1): Masterpiece, (2): Outstanding, (3): Very good, (4): Good, (5): Average, (6): Mediocre, (7): Poor.
Borat, new filmed mission
British satirical comedy directed by Jason Woliner
Starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Maria Bakalova, Dani Popescu.
What’s this ? Borat, a Kazakh journalist, receives a mission to give the American vice-president a pornstar chimpanzee. Realizing that his 15-year-old daughter, smuggled away, devoured the animal, Borat decides to give it as a gift to the politician, known to be a ladies’ man.
How is it ? Sacha Baron Cohen is back in shape with this political and social charge soaring from all angles, shot during the containment of the COVID 19 pandemic. Carried by the astonishing newcomer Maria Bakalova, the feminist advocacy felt clashes with the various provocative stunts intended for Republicans of all stripes, of uneven comic effectiveness.
In video on demand
Canadian psychological drama directed by Pascal Plante
Starring Katerine Savard, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Ariane Mainville.
What’s this ? A 23-year-old Quebec swimmer decides to stop competing after the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The bronze medal she won in the team relay accentuates the unease that has arisen since the announcement of her decision, deemed unthinking by those around her.
How is it ? This sensitive initiatory story by Pascal Plante (LES FAUX TATOUAGES) takes an unusual look at the complex, ambiguous link that connects the athlete to his passion. Despite certain themes that have remained on the surface, the ensemble seduces with its ambition, its great technical mastery and the naturalness of the main actresses, real athletes without acting experience.
On the platform of Park Cinema online
The night of the masks (Halloween)
American Horror Drama Directed by John Carpenter
Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Nancy Loomis.
What’s this ? As a child, Michael Myers killed his sister one evening on October 31. Fifteen years later, he escapes from a psychiatric institute and returns to his hometown where they are preparing the celebration of Halloween …
How is it ? With this exercise in style, John Carpenter (THE THING, IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS) shows an impressive knowledge of horror cinema recipes as well as a certain intelligence in their use. Jamie Lee Curtis (A FISH CALLED WANDA, TRUE LIES), then in his beginnings, was already showing a promising talent.
Saturday 9:35 p.m. on Frissons TV
Oliver Sacks – His own life
American documentary directed by Ric Burns.
What’s this ? Overview of the life of the famous neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks, whose research was dramatized in the film “Awakenings”, and evokes his many battles against drugs, the medical world and homophobia.
How is it ? This honest and moving portrait of a tireless researcher was shot when he knew he was dying. Hence, no doubt, the simple and empathetic approach of its director, who has been able to gather unique testimonies. Starting with that of its protagonist, who contemplates his imminent death as his ultimate (and most exciting) subject of study.
On the Cinéma du Parc online platform
Canadian comedy-drama Directed by Bruce LaBruce
Starring Félix-Antoine Duval, Tania Kontoyanni, Alexandra Petrachuk.
What’s this ? Quebec, 1972. A Montrealer in his early twenties, Dominic finds his mother, whom he believed dead near the village of Saint-Narcisse. In the courtyard of the local monastery, he spots a seminarian who looks strangely like him.
How is it ? Bruce LaBruce (GERONTOPHILIA) continues to exploit his subversive vein with this variation on the myth of Narcissus, inspired by genre cinema from the 1970s. If the story lacks depth, it conceals some enjoyable moments, which take advantage of the assurance and intensity of the newcomer Félix-Antoine Duval, in a dual role.
On the platform of New Cinema Festival online
German sentimental drama directed by Christian Petzold
Starring Paula Beer, Franz Rogowski, Maryam Zaree.
What’s this ? In Berlin, a historian specializing in the topography of the city, recently dumped by her boyfriend, begins a love story with a welder-diver under the sign of their strange communion with water.
How is it ? The German Christian Petzold leaves his favorite geo-historical ground (BARBARA, PHOENIX), to plunge us into a modern poetic tale, elliptical and a bit confused, at the crossroads of land and sea. The outcome does not reach not the desired emotional power, but the chemistry between Paula Beer and Franz Rogowski floods the screen.
On the platform of New Cinema Festival online