♦ Perfect Days ***
the Wim Wenders
German-Japanese film, 2:03 a.m.
Wim Wenders makes a film about the daily life of a public toilet worker in Tokyo and takes us on a magnificent metaphysical meditation on the beauty of the present moment.
» READ THE REVIEW: “Perfect Days”, the tiny Tokyo variations by Wim Wenders
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♦ Wish, Asha and the lucky star **
de Fawn Veerasunthorn et Chris Buck
American animated film, 1h42
A musical fairy tale with the aesthetics of children’s storybooks, Wish, Asha and the Good Star, the traditional Disney animated film for Christmas, convinces more by its political dimension than by its formal homage to a hundred years of creation from the studio to big ears.
» READ THE REVIEW: “Wish, Asha and the Lucky Star”: Disney replays its classics without forgetting politics
♦ The Braid **
by Laetitia Colombani
Film Franco-Italian, 1 h 59
Actress, screenwriter and director, Laetitia Colombani herself transposes to the screen her successful novel, released in 2017 and sold two million copies in France. These intertwined portraits of three determined women. Despite a strong emotional dimension, the film finds its romantic breath in the proximity of the three women whose cross-portrait the film portrays.
» READ THE REVIEW: “La Tresse”, an odyssey on three continents
♦ Cesária Évora, the diva at our feet **
d’Ana Sofia Fonseca
Portuguese film, 1h34
Woman, black, poor, lame and orphan, Cesaria Evora could have grown up under better auspices. However, her incomparable voice has projected her to the most prestigious places in the world. A legend, a true one, is discovered in Ana Sofia Fonseca’s exciting film. Rigorous archival work on the history of Cape Verde, which gained independence when the singer took flight, combines extracts from concerts and testimonies from relatives. They document the rise of the first diva of the Third World, the equal of the South African Miriam Makeba.
» READ THE CRITIQUE: “Cesaria Évora” by Ana Sofia Fonseca, queen of morna
♦ Dumb Money **
by Craig Gillespie
American film, 1h44
The edifying affair recounted by Dumb Money – version 2.0 of the confrontation between David and Goliath – occurred in January and February 2021. Small investors led by Keith Gill then held out to hedge funds, with the first winning millions when the latter lost billions. An adaptation carried by actor Paul Dano, unfortunately without much perspective.
» READ THE REVIEW: “Dumb Money,” David versus Goliath on Wall Street
♦ Time to love *
by Katell Quillévéré
French film, 1h59
When Madeleine (Anaïs Demoustier), shorn of the Liberation who is raising a child alone, meets François (Vincent Lacoste) on a beach in 1947, there is something obvious between them. They marry but, however, he represses an attraction to men deemed inappropriate by his time and his environment.
Katell Quillévéré’s film had on paper all the assets to seduce, but the story is lost in an aesthetic and script overload which, despite the naturalness and freshness of the two main actors
» READ THE REVIEW: “Le temps d’aimer”, a glossy melodrama
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