Books, records, TV: our picks for the week

Posted on April 22, 2022 at 6:00 am

An English poetic fiction, the portrait of a French generation, a thriller homage to Italian gore cinema… This week, the cultural offer is dense and full of pleasant surprises.


“Hamnet” Maggie O’Farrell

Translation by Sarah Tardy, Pocket 10-18, 408 p., €8.50

Beginning with the tragic death of Shakespeare’s son at the age of 11, the Irish Maggie O’Farrell weaves a poetic fiction around the figure of the English genius and his somewhat witch wife. A superb ode to the mystery of literature and theater, crowned the 2020 Women’s Fiction Award. Ph.C.

“French Comedies”, Eric Reinhardt

Pocket folio, 480 p. €8.70

Released in 2020, Eric Reinhardt’s protean novel “French Comedies” impresses with its inventiveness and ambition: portrait of a generation born in 1989, expressionist painting of contemporary France, and investigation against Ambroise Roux, industrialist presented as influential enough to sink the French Internet. . THE

“Cut!” Chris Brookmyre

Translated by David Fauquemberg, Métailié Noir, 510 p., €22.50

Polar homage to Italian gore cinema, the “gialli”, “Cut! takes the reader from Glasgow to Paris and Italy, following in the footsteps of an unlikely couple in search of redemption: a young horror movie buff and a 72-year-old ex-makeup artist recently released from prison. A new hit from Scotsman Chris Brookmyre. VET

Disc selection of the week.©RD


“This line is a curve”, Kae Tempest

1 album of Republic/Universal Music Group recordings

Kae Tempest will perform at the 2022 Avignon Festival. The “genderless” English artist, author of the shocking novel “Ecoute la ville chute” in 2016, signs a superb new album, between slam, sonnets and hip hop. On the menu are twelve disturbing titles that advocate self-affirmation, resilience and love, performed solo or in a duo, with a sensual and powerful musical accompaniment. Ph.C.

“Wet Leg”, Wet Leg

1 album of domino recordings

Hailing from the Isle of Wight, the duo of Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers impress with this urgent first album with neo-punk accents. Revealed a year ago on the internet thanks to their resounding hit “Chaise Longue”, the two young women from “Wet Leg” delight us with their cheeky choruses and spicy lyrics. Wight is Wight…definitely. Ph.C.

“Chloë and the Coming 20th Century”, Father John Misty

1 album Pías, Bella Union

American father John Misty is a fascinating songwriter and perhaps one of the best pop voices working today. The ex-Fleet Foxes drummer releases an ambitious fifth solo album, crossing majestic pop (reminiscent of Elton John’s heyday) and silky big band jazz, as in this weightless first track “Chloé”. His reinvented 20th century is worth the detour. Ph.C.

Sean Penn (barely recognizable) and Julia Roberts in the roles of John and Martha Mitchell, a couple at the heart of Watergate traced by the series

Sean Penn (barely recognizable) and Julia Roberts in the roles of John and Martha Mitchell, a couple at the heart of Watergate traced by the “Gaslist” series.©Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/2021 Starz


gas light

Starzplay, April 24

Based on a true story, this series by Robbie Pickering recounts the famous Watergate case from the perspective of the then-Attorney General’s wife, Martha Mitchell (Julia Roberts), who used to confide everything she taught to her favorite journalists. A pure fondness for the truth that will lead her to reveal the first of the pranks of the committee for the re-election of Nixon led by her husband (Sean Penn)…

We own this city

SCO, April 26

David Simon, the creator of “The Wire”, returns with “We own the city” to his first love: his “world-city” of Baltimore. Taken from the book of the same name by Justin Fenton, this series shines a harsh light on the “Gun Trace Task Force”, a cell created after the riots that followed the death of Freddie Gray in 2017 to restore the image of the police that became in a den of violent, racist and corrupt policemen… Without hope.

a perfect mother

TF1, April 28

A Parisian student is accused of the murder of a young heir. His mother, who now lives in Berlin, returns to Paris in disgrace to help him, believing in a miscarriage of justice. But the case turns out to be more complicated than she thought, so she has to call a former lawyer friend with whom she will carry out the investigation. A well directed family thriller by Fred Garson and starring Julie Gayet, Eden Ducourant and Tomer Sisley.

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