Le tout nouveau testament [The Brand New Testament] (2015)

Le tout nouveau testament
Director: Jaco Van Dormael
Writer: Jaco Van Dormael, Thomas Gunzig
Cast: Pili Groyne, Benoît Poelvoorde, Catherine Deneuve, François Damiens, Yolande Moreau
Seen on: 4.2.2016

Plot:
God (Benoît Poelvoorde) leaves in Brussels with his daughter Ea (Pili Groyne) and his wife (Yolande Moreau). He’s a bitter, abusive man who enjoys nothing more than making humanity’s existence as miserable as possible, including his wife and daughter. One day, Ea decides that she’s had enough. With a little nudge from her brother, she decides to find six new apostles and change her father’s regime, starting with sending all of humanity their precise date of death and destroying the computer God usually works with. But God won’t go down without a fight.

I quite liked the idea of the film and I’m sure that Van Dormael and Gunzig had good intentions. Nevertheless the film and its overwhelming sexism left a sour taste in my mouth.

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Dans la maison [In the House] (2012)

Dans la maison
Director: François Ozon
Writer: François Ozon
Based on: Juan Mayorga’s play The Boy in the Last Row
Cast: Fabrice Luchini, Ernst Umhauer, Kristin Scott Thomas, Emmanuelle Seigner, Denis Ménochet, Bastien Ughetto, Yolande Moreau
Part of: Viennale (it was the surprise movie)

Plot:
Germain (Fabrice Luchini) is a French teacher at the high school. When he gets an essay by one of his students, Claude (Ernst Umhauer), where he voyeuristically details a visit to his school friend Rapha’s (Bastien Ughetto) house, Germain not only recognizes Claude’s literary talent, but both Germain and his wife Jeanne (Kristin Scott Thomas) get drawn into the life of Rapha and his family – leading to unintentional consequences.

Dans la maison was extremely entertaining. It had a rather biting sense of humor that I enjoyed a lot and Ozon has the timing and pacing down to make it all work. It may not be the world’s most thoughtful film, but it is fun.

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La meute [The Pack] (2010)

[One of the films of the /slash Filmfestival‘s special European evening.]

La meute is Franck Richard‘s first feature film, starring Émilie Dequenne, Benjamin Biolay, Philippe Nahon and Yolande Moreau.

Plot:
Charlotte (Émilie Dequenne) is driving across the country, without much of a goal. She picks up hitchhiker Max (Benjamin Biolay) and they end up at a rather solitary truck stop. After they are attacked by a group of bikers, who are fended off by the truck stop owner La Spack (Yolande Moreau), Max heads to the bathroom – and doesn’t return. Charlotte wonders and worries. She decides to stick around after La Spack closes the restaurant and look for Max. Which might just be the single worst decision of her life.

If you haven’t heard anything else about the film than what you’ve read here, trust me and don’t look for more information before watching the film. And you should watch it – it’s a tight, atmospheric film with a great heroine, generally good performances and if you don’t know more about it, you’re going to be really surprised. I didn’t like the last ten minutes or so, but other than that, this film is a treat for every horror fan.

Also, if you haven’t seen it, stop reading now, because there will be spoilers. SPOILERS, I tell you!

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Micmacs à tire-larigot [Micmacs] (2009)

Micmacs is the newest movie by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and stars Dany Boon, Dominique Pinon and Yolande Moreau.

Plot:
When Bazil (Dany Boon) is a little boy, his father is killed by a landmine. Years later, Bazil remained an underachiever, works in a videostore where he watches old movies the whole day. One day, he gets shot in the head by a stray bullet. He survives, but the bullet remains in his head and he could drop dead any second. When he gets out of the hospital, he has lost his flat and his job. For a while, he tries to get by by being a street artist until he is kind of adopted by a random bunch of outcasts. One day, he drives past the company which produced the landmine that killed his father, which happens to be right across the street from the company which produced the bullet in his head and he decides to take revenge.

Jeunet is a wonderful film maker with a great visual style. That’s also the case here. Unfortunately, it all gets a little too much, especially the whimsy factor is much too high.

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Séraphine (2008)

Séraphine is a movie by Martin Provost, starring Yolande Moreau and Ulrich Tukur.

Plot:
Séraphine is a biopic about naive painter Séraphine Louis.
Séraphine (Yolande Moreau) lives in a small town in France where she works a lot of cleaning jobs to be able to afford painting materials. All her free time is spent with painting, which is inspired mostly by nature and religious imagery. One day German gallery owner and art collector Wilhelm Uhde (Ulrich Tukur) moves to her village. By chance he stumbles upon her work and is immediately entranced. What follows is Séraphine’s long way to recognition.

The movie had some lengths but mostly it was absolutely excellent. And I’m not just saying this because I have a total crush on Ulrich Tukur. [But for the sake of honesty, I should mention it.] Cast, script and cinematography are made of win.

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