Minions 2: Once Upon a Time Gru, The Sadness, Peter von Kant… what are the cinema releases for the week of June 29, 2022?
Every week, Ecran Large makes its mark in cinemas and selects a few releases and movies to watch (for good or bad reasons). With unbearable yellow insects, the most waste film of the year, from the great Denis Ménochet, artificial intelligence and old Alain Delon.
peter von kant
What is it about : Great filmmaker based on inspiration, Peter Von Kant falls madly in love with Amir, a mysterious young man. The beginning of a destructive relationship where power will change sides
Why you should see it : In one of his first films, Water drops on hot stones, François Ozon staged his love for German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder by adapting one of his unpublished plays. 21 films and 24 years later he goes even further to directly confront his master: he resumes Petra von Kant’s bitter tearsa play that Fassbinder himself adapted for the cinema, rewrote the roles and called on Hanna Schygulla, his favorite actress, who starred in the 1972 film.
In Ozon, Petra becomes Peter, the fashion world gives way to cinema, and the masculine-feminine roles are partly reversed. In addition to cinefil and aesthetic enjoyment, with a retro-pop-queer vibe reminiscent of the filmmaker’s finest hours (8 women), peter von kant is at the top of the French director’s filmography basket. And then there is Denis Ménochet, huge, magnificent and crazywhich alone is reason enough to watch this tragicomic circus about the terrible laws of lust.
Widescreen notes : 3/5
Our review of peter von kant
What is it about : Of a virus that highlights unhealthy impulses and turns a horde of model citizens into animals that thirst for blood, guts and buttocks. In the middle of the chaos, a couple will try to find each other.
Why you should see it : Because it is one of the worst things we’re seen on screen in a long time. As its title does not indicate, The sadness is a pure horror shoot somewhere between the comics The intersection (for the concept) and Hong Kong Category III (for the sometimes funny, sometimes nihilistic savagery), a piece of bloody bravery that will impress even the most graphic cinema-goers.
Prior to a flattering reputation, it therefore stands out from the dozens of trashy B-series that abound on festival screens every year and never take refuge in the dizziness. Though it overflows with dark humor, it does no favors, and there is no doubt that the demented smiles of the infected who are going to part with their neighbor (or metro …) will haunt you a few days later. . In short, ideal for a family outing.
Widescreen note: 4/5
What is it about : In the near future, a family will have to deal with issues of love, relationships and grief, after their artificial intelligence assistant suddenly fails.
Why you should see it : Because science fiction, a genre apparently appreciated by Hollywood blockbusters, often loses its soul by putting on a show. For it is not enough to orchestrate space battles or to intoxicate ourselves with cosmic landscapes in order to embody all the riches of this genre apart. It’s actually first by the richness of its concepts, by virtue of ideas as it confronts us that SF has established itself as a separate school if After Yang appears as one of the most worthy representatives.
Instead of taking its history from a similar technological angle, Kogonada prefers to explore what are the implications of profound technological innovations in our daily lives. Here, the android is not a silly existential threat, not a cruel antagonist. No, it’s a kind of difference, partly digested by society, that society still has to think about. And rightly so, how does cohabitation with artificial consciousnesses affect the functioning of a family? It is with a staging that is both warm and surgical that the filmmaker explores these questions, accompanied by a quartet of exceptional actors who, together with him, form one of the most exciting SF proposals of recent years.
Widescreen notes : 4/5
THE LESS RECOMMENDED EXCURSION
Minions 2: Once Upon a Time Gru
What is it about : While the ’70s were in full swing, Gru, who grew up in the suburbs in the middle of jeans with bell bottoms and flowered hair, devised a Machiavellian plan to successfully integrate a famous group of supervillains, known as Vicious 6, whom he is the biggest fan of.
Why you should see it : For some people, Minions 2 will be an hour and a half of uninterrupted laughter at the embarrassing side of Minions and Michelle Yeoh’s and Steve Carell’s hilarious voice acting. For others, it will be the allegory of Hollywood’s total emptiness, which recycles its phenomena until it no longer thirsts, even if it means underestimating the potential of animation studies.
Unfortunately, we are part of the second category, which in the film sees a presumed script failure to serve a shovelful of gags, the best of which are the ones that do not appeal to these disgusting yellow creatures, but rather to the ability of Illumination studios to come up with crazy character designs. One thing is certain, the box office success will be total and there will be sequelsenough to give a new definition of what is called yellow fever, to those who would like to see the Rabbis one day.
Widescreen notes : 1.5 / 5, an aspirin and a playlist consisting exclusively of disco.
THE COOL EXIT
A very discreet antihero
What is it about : In Paris in 1942 during the occupation, Robert Klein exploits the difficulties of the Jewish population. He learns that there is a namesake, a Jew, wanted by the authorities. These are now also interested in the businessman Mr. Small.
Why you should see it : As an American director, inspired by the powerful documentary grief and pityinvestigates partner France with support from the legendary Alain Delon, the result has everything from the monument. Or how an insensitive and wheelwright who is more of a cold-blooded profiteer than a ruthless anti-Semite discovers the reality of his interests, on what his success is based, and begins a gradual descent into hell.
Narrative with a scalpel, irreconcilable examination of a delayed consciousness, Sir. Small at least as much worth for its formidable reconstruction as for the stifling staging of Joseph Losey. On top of intimate tragedy and film noir, this story forms a dark maze that it would be a shame not to rediscover on the occasion of this re-release.
Widescreen notes : 5/5