movies showing this week


Rich proposals in theaters this week. With, among others, a masterpiece by Albert Serra, in which Benoît Magimel portrays a high commissioner from Tahiti immersed in a convulsive post-colonial universe. A film by James Gray in which the filmmaker recalls her childhood in a Jewish family in New York in the 1980s. An animated feature film that revives the work of the young painter Charlotte Salomon, who died in Auschwitz at 26 years.

“Peace. Torment in the islands”: paranoid thriller in a lost paradise

On December 5, 1766, Louis Antoine de Bougainville left Brest aboard the frigate the grumpy for a first French world tour. In 1771, the work extracted from this trip, Travel around the worldIt particularly touches consciences through the pages that the author dedicates to Tahiti, where he landed in April 1768. This “New Cythera” It seems to him like an earthly Eden, and the tolerant and aphrodisiac customs of its inhabitants inspire a picture that increases the myth of the “good wild”.

Almost three centuries later, it is the turn of Albert Serra, the most resolutely baroque of Spanish filmmakers, to disembark in this territory, which has become French Polynesia. The landscape, meanwhile, has darkened. Admiral Abel Aubert du Petit-Thouars, Paul Gauguin and Mururoa have passed through there. Or the violence of colonial influence, the voluptuousness of the anguish of paradise lost, the criminal cynicism of nuclear tests. It is under these auspices that Serra signs his most insolent and majestic film.

In its center, a white suit to match the diplomatic Mercedes, coincidence of the owner: the High Commissioner of the French Republic of Roller has been appointed. Benoît Magimel, never better said, embodies it. Around him, the postcard decoration lends itself to drift. Between the glow of the skies and the turquoise glow of the sea, the prefecture of M. Homais exudes in the Flaubertian sequence picturesque views and crumbling power. Jacques Mandelbaum

Franco-Spanish film by Albert Serra. With Benoît Magimel, Pahoa Mahagafanau, Matahi Pambrun, Marc Susini (2:43).

“Armageddon Time”: the loss of innocence of a generation

Transparency is the most direct route to emotion. James Gray, a 53-year-old American neoclassical filmmaker, proves it once again with Armageddon time. This childhood story that revisits the disappointment of the 1980s through the fractured friendship of two classmates, one white and the other black, has sometimes been reduced to its postulate and considered schematic. However, in Gray everything is gained over time.

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