It’s my man, by Guillaume Bureau (Bac Films) – Released April 5 Leila Behkti is everywhere, in drama, comedy and even makes us laugh on television. She is both troubled and intense in This is my man, alongside Karim Leklou and Louise Bourgoin where she fights an intimate battle when she finds Julien, her husband supposedly dead on the war front and now amnesiac. She wants them to learn to love each other again but will be prevented from doing so by the arrival of another woman who demands her due. A film as ambiguous as its main actress. Super Mario Bros, by Aaron Horvath & Michael Jelenic (Universal Pictures) – Released April 5 See also on Konbini Illumination had to get involved for us to have, Finally, a good adaptation of a video game into a film. Do not understand a narrative game like The Last of Us, but something like Mario – and yes, the 1993 adaptation is underrated, we agree. But maybe for this kind of game, it was necessary to reinvent an adventure, to draw from the enormous universe, with obvious references and other more pointed ones, and especially… in animation! This film could well upset everything we know and think about indoor video games, for our greatest happiness. The Three Musketeers: D’Artagnan, by Martin Bourboulon (Pathé) – Released April 5 Two months after the last Asterix , the new French blockbuster arrives, and it is of a completely different genre. Action film, epic, adventure, in costume – in two parts especially, and this is undoubtedly the real audacity of the company –, XXL casting, real ambition in the production, stunts, fights; certainly. But above all a great story, and a really beautiful adaptation. You would go there for the stars or the period side, you will come back for this endearing band and this story. À my sole desire, by Lucie Borleteau (Pyramide) – Released April 5Aurore is one of those who dare. The one who dared to push the doors of a strip club where she will discover a new world, made of sensuality and sorority. By starting an affair with her colleague Mia, she will immerse herself even further in this unknown and fantasized environment. A film that stages a complex lesbian romance while magnifying the bodies and show scenes, which are a real success. Kokon, by Leonie Krippendorff (Outplay Films) – Released April 5 In the heat and boredom of a Berlin’s scorching summer, the discreet Nora follows her big sister and her best friend in their adolescent games and observes, from afar, their questions and the injunctions of which they are the precocious victims. His meeting with Romy will change the course of his summer and extract him from his cocoon of torpor. Seeing the actress blossom at the same rate as her character is the greatest achievement of this magnificent queer coming-of-age tale. Evil Dead Rise, by Lee Cronin (Metropolitan FilmExport) – Released April 19, 2023Evil Dead is a franchise all its own. Three films by the same director, each one being deeply distinct (a horror film, a comedy, a medieval adventure film), and where each derivative is of quality — the Ash vs Evil Dead series, and the Fede Álvarez remake . This new part promises to be the perfect continuity of this one, very creepy, very gory. We can’t wait. Blue Jean, by Georgia Oakley (UFO) – Released April 19 , a law aimed at prohibiting the “promotion” of homosexuality in schools. Jean is a sports teacher and does not assume his homosexuality, unlike his companion. The fear of losing her job will push her to play a double game and make one of her students the collateral damage of this shame of herself. Magnified by superb photography and an actress with perfect restraint, Blue Jean is a successful first film, modest and intimate at the same time, political and militant, without being a banner.Sur l’Adamant, by Nicolas Philibert (Les Films du Losange) – Released April 19, 2023More than 20 years after his great documentary Being and having presented at Cannes and widely rewarded, Philibert continued his career with lesser known, less recognized films. Débarque Sur l’Adamant, a film that retraces seven months on this barge which, in the 12th arrondissement, tries another approach to psychiatry between caregivers and patients suffering from mental disorders. Awarded the Golden Bear a few weeks ago, this is the essential documentary of this month of April, without a shadow of a doubt.Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du commerce, 1080 Brussels, by Chantal Akerman (Capricci) – Resortie on April 19In April, Capricci chose to bring out the film behind closed doors by Chantal Akerman, better known to moviegoers than to the general public. Yet in 2022, it was voted the best film in the history of cinema by 1,600 critics, counted by the British Film Institute which, every ten years, reveals its “Sight and Sought” ranking. There’s no valid reason to miss this feminist masterpiece. Broken Dog, by Jean-Baptiste Durand (Bac Films) – Released April 19Dog is discreet and a little clumsy, Mirales is charismatic and in love with the good word. They have been friends since childhood, but the arrival of Elsa in their boring little village in the South of France will upset the dynamics of their relationship and transform the film into a captivating and unsettling chronicle of a toxic friendship. Raphaël Quenard plays here his first main role in Mirales, in the line of the ambiguous characters he likes to embody and confirms here his immense talent as an actor. Beau is Afraid, by Ari Aster (ARP Sélection) – Released April 26 2023 Ari Aster is not only the director of the great Heredity and Midsommar. He is also a filmmaker who has tried, experimented, in sometimes recognized, sometimes more obscure short films. It is plausible that his new feature film, a kind of great existential surrealist epic of 3 hours (!) will draw on the entirety of the work of its author, for one of the films which should mark 2023 with a hot iron. The young Imam , by Kim Chapiron (Le Pacte) – Released April 26, 2023 We had not seen Kim Chapiron since 2014 and his Crème de la Crème. 9 years later, he returns with a falsely intimate drama about a young man, Ali, who returns home after 10 years in Mali, and becomes, thanks to his charisma and his will to do well, the Imam of the mosque of his city. Thinking of seeing a classic French film? It would be to forget that we are talking about Kim Chapiron. Be prepared. Noémie dit oui, by Geneviève Albert (Wayna Pitch) – Released April 26 The final card of the film is chilling: “In Canada, the average age of entry into prostitution is between 14 and 15 years old”. This is the trap that Noémie has fallen into, a teenager placed in a home and who will run away when she loses hope of being taken back by her mistreating but adoring mother. While Montreal is hosting a car race, she will chain the passes whose sordid countdown flows on the screen and no eclipse will come to relieve the spectator. Geneviève Albert tells the story of juvenile prostitution in a raw way to immerse us as close as possible to the physical and psychological suffering of this teenager, embodied with incredible passion by the young Kelly Depeault. Burning days, by Emin Alper (Memento) – Released April 26, 2023 A Turkish thriller in our dark rooms is rare. A thriller of such power, about a prosecutor who tries to confront local corruption in a small village, is extremely rare. The two cumulated, it’s too rare not to be underlined.Mad God, by Phil Tippett (Carlotta) – Released April 26, 2023Phil Tippett is a legend of special effects. We owe him important works on Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Robocop, Jurassic Park or Starship Troopers. A monster who, on the other hand, worked for almost 20 years on a monstrous stop-motion film. A unique film, a descent into hell that we no longer hoped to see in French cinemas, and a real event. Article written by Arthur Cios and Manon Marcillat.
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