“Armageddon Time”, “Colors of Fire”… Movie reviews in theaters this week

6:00 pm, November 5, 2022

Armageddon Time ****

By James Gray, with Michael Banks Repeta, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Hathaway. 1:54

In the 1980s, Paul dreams of becoming a famous comic book author, much to the chagrin of his parents, with whom he has a conflicted relationship. In this autobiographical story with a prophetic title, James Gray paints the portrait of a dysfunctional family, in which an insolent and determined teenager struggles. In addition to the social and political commentary on a country already devoured by racism and anti-Semitism, we are overwhelmed by this intimate drama that finds its strength in its simplicity, in the elegant, intelligent and subtle staging, without forgetting the masterful photography of Darius Khondji. SB

The repentant ***

By Iciar Bollain, with Blanca Portillo, Luis Tosar. 1:56

In 2000, Juan Maria Jauregui, a Basque politician, was assassinated by ETA. Eleven years later, his wife and killer agree to participate in a reconciliation program. This political drama based on a true story follows their painful journey, between the misunderstanding of the widow’s relatives and the repentant both confronted with the consequences of his act and perceived as traitors by his former companions, with an adequate sobriety that does not prevent them from not the emotion afloat. No Manichaeism here, but a pertinent reflection on forgiveness as a response to violence. A subtle and brilliantly embodied story. Bap.T

Regeneration Mission ***

By Joshua and Rebecca Tickell. 1:25

As natural disasters multiply, the consequences of global warming, the solution may be under our feet! Agronomists observe a dramatic erosion of the soil, which becomes dust and causes the desertification of entire regions of the globe. The main reason? Industrial agriculture and the use of pesticides. Instead, if we regenerate the soil, it will absorb the CO2 emissions that cover the planet … This scientific documentary narrated by Woody Harrelson proves to be captivating, uplifting and revolting, thanks to his remarkable dissemination work. A necessary and stimulating film. SB

Fire colors **

By Clovis Cornillac, with himself, Léa Drucker, Benoît Poelvoorde. 2:14 Off Wednesday.

In 1927, after the death of her father, Madeleine Péricourt took over the helm of the financial empire she had inherited. Thanks to a classic yet elegant staging and sumptuous sets, using the very cinematic narrative of Pierre Lemaitre’s novel, Clovis Cornillac presents a beautiful human fresco. In the face of human adversity, Léa Drucker brings a welcome delicacy to a world of brutes. LV

Feminist response **

By Marie Perennes and Simon Depardon. 1:28

At night, armed with white sheets and black paint, young women stick messages on the walls of our cities to denounce gender-based violence. In Lyon, Paris, Brest or Marseille, we follow, and above all listen to, the political motivations of these uninhibited activists with a passionate and necessary commitment. LV

Three evenings a week **

By Florent Gouelou, with Pablo Pauly, Romain Eck. 1:43

In a relationship with Samia, Baptiste meets Quentin, aka Cookie Kunty, a charismatic drag queen. He soon falls in love with her. Filmed by and with transvestites, this first film in the form of romantic comedy pays a nice tribute to the art of the queens of the night. If it ticks all the boxes of the genre, its charm works on the viewer immersed in an environment as fascinating as it is complex. Alternately funny and moving, this flamboyant and sensitive love story that praises difference seduces with its sincerity. Her interpreters are not there for nothing.

Dealer **

By Jeroen Perceval, with Sverre Rous, Ben Segers. 1:44

Johnny, 14, looks after a caïd in Antwerp. He soon meets Antony, a famous cocaine addict theater actor with whom he befriends. Jeroen Perceval (Bullhead, The Ardennes) signs his first production with this film noir mixed with social drama that orchestrates the meeting of two worlds at the antipodes of each other. His characters are a bit caricatured and the ensemble sometimes lacks finesse, but there is an exciting desire for cinema. We grow fond of his anti-heroes in search of redemption or a better life, embodied by two convincing actors. A promising attempt if unsuccessful. Bap.T

Peace **

By Albert Serra with Benoît Magimel, 2 h 43.

While stationed in Tahiti, a high representative of the French state learns of a chilling rumor: the resumption of nuclear tests in the Pacific. Played by Benoît Magimel, perfect as a good-natured diplomat, he listens to his constituents and scans with concern the open sea, where he thinks he perceives a submarine … A film of atmosphere and torpor shot in the crazy landscapes of a squalid Tahiti, pacification underlines the ambiguity of his main character who is not very talkative, always nice but taken into question in situations that extend to the point of discomfort. He is handsome, pleasantly enigmatic, elegantly staged at the risk of sounding too long, not bottomless but not so crazy. Al.C.

Petaushnok *

A film by Edouard Deluc. With Pio Marmaï, Philippe Rebbot, Camille Chamoux, The Count of Bouderbala, Moussa Mansaly… 1h36.

In the heart of the Pyrenees, Ludovic (Pio Marmaï) and Richard (Philippe Rebbot) live between intensive glands and precarious jobs. The former works as a riding instructor and fights to save custody of his daughter. The second squats to the first and takes care of the sick mother by doing magic tricks. To get out of trouble they decide to organize horseback riding for Parisians in search of nature and adventure … We necessarily think about the film Hikers by Philippe Harel as he watches this comedy loaded with good intentions but weighed down by a shaky and predictable scenario. If the Pio Marmaï – Philippe Rebbot tandem creates sparks, this ensemble film turns into cacophony with a gallery of characters too often caricatured to arouse empathy. EM

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