Les innocentes [Agnus Dei] (2016)

Les innocentes
Director: Anne Fontaine
Writer: Sabrina B. KarineAlice Vial, Anne Fontaine, Pascal Bonitzer
Cast: Lou de LaâgeAgata BuzekAgata KuleszaVincent MacaigneJoanna KuligEliza RycembelKatarzyna DabrowskaAnna PróchniakHelena SujeckaMira MaluszinskaDorota KudukKlara Bielawka
Part of: FrauenFilmTage
Seen on: 7.3.2017

Plot:
Mathilde (Lou de Laâge) works at a doctor for the red cross just after World War 2. She finds herself dispatched to Poland to take care of the concentration camp survivors and the French soldiers stationed there. It is in the hospital there that a young nun, Maria (Agata Buzek) from a near-by convent finds Mathilde and begs her to help them at the convent as well: they were raped by Russian soldiers and many of them are pregnant as a result. And not only do these pregnancies come with the usual dangers, but should anybody find out about their state, they would risk losing the convent, their home, entirely.

Les innocentes tackels a hard topic and it does so with a lot of sensitivity, but also a couple of lenghts. But I did enjoy it and the push it makes for solidarity among women.

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Eden (2014)

Eden
Director: Mia Hansen-Løve
Writer: Mia Hansen-Løve, Sven Hansen-Løve
Cast: Félix de Givry, Pauline Etienne, Vincent Macaigne, Hugo Conzelmann, Zita Hanrot, Roman Kolinka, Hugo Bienvenu, Vincent Lacoste, Arnaud Azoulay, Greta Gerwig, Brady Corbet
Seen on: 21.5.2015

Plot:
It’s the 90s in Paris and electronic music, in particular House, is on the rise. Paul (Félix de Givry) loves the music and the scene. He dreams of becoming a DJ himself and is slowly making that dream become a reality. Together with his friend Stan (Hugo Conzelmann) they become the DJ duo Cheers and they enjoy some success, even though they’re far from as successful as their friends Quentin (Hugo Bienvenu) and Thomas (Vincent Lacoste), aka Daft Punk and far from successful enough to really make a living from it. But Paul doggedly stays with his choice of career, despite estrangement from (girl)friends, mounting debts and a drug problem.

Eden dragged quite a bit, unfortunately, and I think that it’s a film I’ll forget quickly. I just never really connected with Paul and since the film focuses exclusively on him, not connecting is as good as a death sentence.

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Le naufragé [Stranded] (2009) + Un monde sans femmes [A World Without Women] (2011)

Le naufragé
Director: Guillaume Brac
Writer: Guillaume Brac
Cast: Vincent Macaigne, Julien Lucas, Adélaïde Leroux

Un monde sans femmes
Director: Guillaume Brac
Writer: Guillaume Brac, Hélène Ruault
Cast: Vincent Macaigne, Laure Calamy, Constance Rousseau, Laurent Papot
Part of: Viennale
Le naufragé is a short film that is a prologue to Un monde sans femmes.

Plot:
In Le naufragé, cyclist Luc (Julien Lucas) is caught with a flat near a small town at the sea. He gets picked up by Sylvain (Vincent Macaigne) who promises to help him, but things take a different turn.
In Un monde sans femmes, Sylvain rents out a holiday apartment to Patricia (Laure Calamy) and her daugher Juliette (Constance Rousseau). Patricia is looking for fun and revels in flirting with the men around her, while Juliette is embarassed by her mom’s behavior. And Sylvain just finds himself caught inbetween.

The reason I have grouped these two movies together like this is that they are basically one movie. They are not only connected by the setting and Sylvain, but also by the atmosphere and the general theme. And I have to say that I liked both a lot.

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