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To read only if you’ve seen the movie because of course there are spoilers!
Plus, it’s no more than some of my thoughts rather than a review.
Oscar nominations, great reviews, covers, promotional tours…it’s hard to miss the new cinema phenomenon “Call Me By Your Name” directed by Luca Guadagnino and starring Timothée Chalamet (youngest nominee since 1939 – he’s 22 years old) and Armie Hammer.
Here’s what I thought of both the book (written by André Aciman in 2007) and the movie:
This was one of the books that I’ve most loved lately. It’s pure perfection. I never read anything like this. It’s real, true, sincere. André Aciman plays with words as love plays with our hearts. Every single word is accurate, precise, sharp, right. I felt everything.
Reading it was like a tempest. I went through all situations: I cried, I laughed, I smiled, I was happy but also pissed off (so much!), often angry towards Oliver but the other time my anger was against Elio. At Oliver because one time he was saying something and the next time it was already something else. Then, I felt sorry for Elio but then he pissed me off too because he wants Oliver but few hours later he’s like “No I don’t want you anymore”.
Angry at Elio…or was it against myself? Because here’s the thing. This book or especially the character of Elio, could perfectly personify, embody your life whether you’re gay or not. We find ourselves in Elio somehow. We can totally relate to him, his hopes, fears, dreams, illusions or hallucinations, nightmares… It’s like this book is your own tempest.
Some sentences were so true and felt so real, and I could literally hear inside my head my voice saying “Yeah, this is exactly it! This is what I think or what I feel! It’s insane! Is the author inside my head?” Words are powerful. Though, the last part of the book is what really killed me. I seriously cried all through the last 50 pages so hard…Sometimes I barely could see through my tears. I’ve never cried that much over a book. The speech of the dad…the idea of Oliver’s leaving…his and Elio’s last moments together... Well, it was deeply moving, overwhelming, fascinating, real (truth) and so natural.
In the end, in some parts of the book we could wonder if Elio was more in love with the idea of being in love or with Oliver…but that’s debatable.
“Call me by your name and I’ll call you by mine”. That sentence. At first, before reading the book and knowing nothing about the story, I made the assumption it was like “your name”… one day we’ll get married, we’ll exchange our names. For me, it was their way to link to one another. But I was so wrong. Actually, it was the fact of calling one another by each other’s name to intensify, deepen the feels while they were having sex, to feel more, to feel full as one body. I guess. If I remember well, Oliver says something such as “it’s like making love to yourself”.
This book is all about youth, finding who we are, finding our path. It’s an introspection of ourselves. The book revisits this so huge classic that is first love, the heartbreak, and which impact it has on you as a person. But this is also discovering who and how you are with someone else.
I may add that the book and the movie goes further in the way that, of course, a person can change your life but a place as well. Their story happened in Crema (and nearby), that will never change but it has changed the people who were there (E & O). Each of them has left a piece of their personality in Crema, in Italy and it’s crazier when you think it was over such a short period of time. They arrive the way they were but leave forever changed thanks to different factors: the environment, the Italian atmosphere, even the weather may have played a role. What I mean is that it’s not just a combination of circumstances that brought Elio and Oliver closer to one another. And also, this experience changed them in a common manner but mostly in an individual manner.
Actually, there’s one thing I don’t get. Oliver could have leave his life from the US, walk away from it and choose to stay with Elio. He loved Elio so much so it’s hard to understand. He could have stayed but no…he decided to get married with somebody else and have kids. Of course, I understand, as he says in the book his dad would have send him in a correction house. To be honest, I think the role of the parents had a huge role in the story. See, Elio lives freely, experience lots of things, talks about everything to his parents, confides in his parents a lot because they permit it and they raised their kid this way. They are very open-minded. Nothing will ever be more beautiful than this speech given by Elio’s dad. They accept who their son is, they’re even very proud. And this is why Elio is dreamier about this relationship, allows himself to feel more and even more painfully we may add. Oliver, always knew in a part of this mind that he will eventually have to go back to his old life.
However, the book goes further than the movie actually and this is where things tend to differ. Normally, Oliver comes back after leaving that summer and it’s during his short stay that he announces to Elio, face-to-face then, that he’s gonna get married. Elio takes it well at first just to hide his disillusionment, his pain and the fact that he’s crushed and broken. That sorrow is the hardest he’ll ever have to face. But the book goes further, and we meet again Elio and Oliver throughout the years until 20 years later actually. They rediscover themselves. To be fair, there’s something strange and funny with the book related to this part. In the first part, it’s all about Elio, there’s little of Oliver’s opinions but the last part it’s the opposite: we know little about what Elio has been up to for the past 20 years whereas we know a lot of Oliver and his family. But after all this time, their relationship is still beautiful and sincere, and they’ve never forgotten what they had, what they’ve been through. Like Oliver says “I’m just like you. I remember everything”. They remember a couple of days which happened 20 years ago like if it had happened yesterday and it’s so much more than what people can usually wish for.
The last paragraph is the one of the best ones ever written because it still symbolizes Elio’s hope and desire at the same time. He just wants Oliver to turn around and call him one last time by his name: “If you remember everything, I wanted to say, and if you are really like me, then before you leave tomorrow, or when you're just ready to shut the door of the taxi [...] look me in the face, hold my gaze, and call me by your name".
And this is where the movie differs because it ends with Elio learning Oliver’s wedding over the phone. Then, Elio goes to the fireplace, sits in front of it and starts crying.
Timothée Chalamet’s performance in this very last scene is nothing short of spectacular. He’s a wonderful actor. He cries for about one minute, even more, the look lost in the flames. His tears are rolling down his cheeks. It seems the world keeps spinning around him, Elio is like in his own bubble. We keep hearing the noises around him, of the kitchen, the dishes tinkling between them, people walking around. It’s so intense and we just feel all this pain. I was so breathless during this entire sequence. Timmy is showing all the facets of his acting. And then, suddenly we hear Elio’s mum saying his name, once, twice and Elio finally gets out of his bubble and turns his head in direction of his mum who is standing behind him. Even this gesture is full of symbols. It represents Elio turning towards the future and towards the thought it’s perhaps time to finally move on.
Moreover, the soundtrack was such a pleasure for the ears. Sufjan Stevens is signing here two incredible songs: “Mystery of Love” (nominated for the Best Original Song Academy Award) and “Visions of Gideon”. What is well thought out is that the lyrics sticks to the story but mostly to the scenes shown on screen. For instance, “Mystery of Love” is about first times like “The first time that you kissed me / The first time that you touched me” whereas “Visions of Gideon”, which is at the end of the movie, is all about last times with “I have loved you for the last time / I have touched you for the last time / And I have kissed you for the last time”. The latter, intensifies the fireplace scene so much. Actually, I’ve read somewhere that to get into the emotion of the scene Timothée had a earplug playing this song so it could feel the lyrics and it meant so that tears could come down naturally.
Plus, there are songs representing the “international side” of the movie. Like French songs “Bandolero – Paris Latino” or Italian ones “J’adore Venise – Loredana Berte”. In fact, in the movie the actors are speaking French, English, Italian, etc. Actually, Timmy who is French and American had to learn Italian before filming but also how to play the piano. There are lots of scenes with Elio playing the piano and transcribing music. He’s very talented and the “classical” soundtrack is on point as well. In truth, the piano is an object of its own. A tool to the story. It represents dialogues between Elio and Oliver especially at the beginning where Oliver is asking Elio to play over and over again. But also in this scene where the family receives some friends. The piano is like an obstacle between Oliver running up the stairs and Elio sadness downstairs depicting the distance between them at this moment of the film.
However, there are parts of the book which aren’t present that much in the movie. But that didn’t bother me because the way it was filmed offset all the “negative” we might encounter while watching. By “negative” I mean the negative effects of not having Elio’s thoughts for instance like in the book. I think the cinematography was awesome. Those long sequences, plans with the characters disappearing of the screen in the horizon was a way to slow the pace of the movie. The silence of the scenes sometimes was a time of reflection and contemplation. It was like taking a step back to get a better view. For me, some of those scenes can be assimilated to Elio’s state of mind, thoughts, doubts…it was a way of expression by itself.
We don’t have the information as well about Oliver’s swimsuits (which could have been great to be honest) or the poetry side or art (Monet secret spot) which lead Oliver in the book to take Monet’s painting in Elio’s bedroom. Talking about art, the book author’s is always making references. He writes about peoms, tragedies, other people’s struggles in literature but in fact, pretty much all of them refer to Elio and Oliver’s story. It’s heart-breaking and devastating sometimes.
But actually, for Elio’s point of view, I think it was a good thing I read the book first, before going to the movies, because it makes the movie even more intense. Plus, Timothée did an amazing job. It was a prowess of acting. We could feel what he felt, know what he thought thanks to his face. Timmy is like an open book with very expressive eyes and gestures which help a lot to understand the complexity of his character. He’s given all of himself, he wasn’t scared to play “fully”. He brought this complexity of the character to life (sometimes a little clumsy, insecure, sincere…). Elio’s break down at the train station, for example, after Oliver left, was poignant, understandable, calling out his mum to get the support he needed. It was a cry for help.
Some scenes were like reading the book which is rare for an adaptation like the one where is crying in Oliver’s arms or him sneaking into (his) Oliver’s bedroom.
Moreover, James Ivory did great adapting the book to the screen. He won the Oscar of Best Screenplay on March 4th, 2018 making him the oldest recipient (89 years old) ever in the Oscar’s history.
In the movie, some scenes don’t need any explanations at all and shine on their own, without any word…
For instance, Elio’s dad speech was as deep as in the book. It was a very emotional moment. And to be honest, it was a living experience. In the book, with this part I burst into tears, literally. I didn’t want to relive this experience at the movies especially with so many people around me in the room. But, I cried…again. However, what was “fun” to watch was that I had exactly the same reaction as Timothée acting…At first, you’re okay, you just listen to what the dad has to say but the more the speech goes further and the more the feels arrive and we can see Tim go white a little, so as us, holding his breath like us…and then, the camera goes back to him in the end and we can see the tears in his eyes ready to fall just like us. It’s like a long process. This scene represents the perfect depiction of family love and more particularly the father and son’s relationship. Elio is feeling understood by his dad and even if he’s sad I think here he’s mostly grateful to have such an understanding father.
Also, the scene in the car… no words…just a song. We can observe Elio’s layers of sadness in this scene. The song is actually the one that was played on the radio in the bar when Oliver went to play poker with Elio.
PEACH. Yeah I think most of us know what this word means. Personally (& so as my friends) we’ll never going to see a peach the same way ever again. Tim did such a great job here. It takes bravery to play such a scene and I’m glad they still decided to keep this scene and especially I’m glad they kept it as truthful as inside the book. Armie’s acting was on point here as well.
By the way, let’s talk about Armie Hammer. I’m so disappointed he doesn’t have the recognition he deserves for this movie. He didn’t get as many nominations and awards as I hoped he would. Actually, I’d die to have a “prequel” of Oliver’s life. He’s such an interesting character, complex with multiple facets. I was sad in the book we didn’t get more Oliver’s point of view. It could have been nice to see what he thought of Elio and about this entire situation. But in the other hand, this is why I’m happy about the movie because we had close-face camera shots of Oliver like on his reactions. And this was great because it gave us insights of his mind. Also watching Armie Hammer’s moves on the dancefloor is the best thing EVER!
Also, we’ll never forget the now famous (or should I say infamous) “Later!”. Elio thinks it’s arrogant to say that. But using “Later” is like a way of never going away because “later” is incomplete, it’s an unfinished word. By saying this Oliver shows is here, present, near by and that he’s not far away. With time, it becomes a mark of almost affection. Even the parents say it when Oliver leaves. Maybe I’m crazy but I looked up for the etymology of the word “Later” as Elio’s dad and Oliver do in the book and movie. The etymology is quite fun and ironic I would say because the suffix “-later” is from the Greek “Latrēs” which means “worshipper”. And it’s funny because it’s Elio in the book that says to Oliver “Do I like you Oliver? I worship you”. It’s a very nice parallel.
Finally, the look Oliver gives Elio the last morning, in that bedroom, overlooking Elio while he’s still asleep, was so …waou! Powerful and magnificent. Armie did so well. At this moment, we eventually see he’s suffused with sadness. It’s like a knife in the heart.
The book is special to me. It left me wordless, upset. Reading it is an experience by itself. It gives you chills, goosebumps. You feel the passion, the sensations, the discussions between the characters are deep, profound. Most of all, the book is sensitive, captivating, timeless and modern. The book, and by default the movie, is about confronting your feelings, searching yourself. You feel like you know something but unless you try it you’ll never know. You have to try your own experiences (Elio’s parents are all for it like I said).
We can see Elio’s attachment to Oliver. It’s almost a possessive one. We can see that in some sentences such as “I don’t want him to be this way with other people if I’m not there, if he’s not like that with me” “I want him to be with other people as he is with me”. But Elio is very wise, so it helps him getting through all the obstacles he might encounter on his way. We see this as weel while Elio is talking to his dad stating that he wouldn’t be him without Oliver and to what his dad responds that Oliver wouldn’t be him without Elio as well. It’s a powerful relationship.
And it’s in the book that we understand more easily why it has taken so long for the both of them to get together. Like I said I was frustrated about this but the fact is they are the two shiest people in the world! So the story is about misreadings, misunderstandings as well. Oliver was in love since day one, when Elio blushed but they only started being together weeks later, a couple of weeks, days before Oliver’s departure. It seems so unfair in a way.
Plus, in the last part, Elio knows Oliver’s going away soon but he still lives his life acting like if Oliver’s always gonna be here and like if tomorrow wasn’t the next day. The last paragraph of this last part is mostly about a poem of San Clemente (which I’m kind of sad they didn’t mention in the movie) and Elio says “We should go to San Clemente tomorrow!” and here Oliver responds “Tomorrow is today” and actually, I think this is where we know the story ends between them. I was overwhelmed by all those feelings. It was a rollercoaster. One second you’re happy seeing them dancing in the streets and then one second after you’re running out of tissues!
“Call Me By Your Name” truly gives a total new aspect to this sentence that is “If not now, when?”.
Just to conclude, here’s some information:
Timothée said in an interview that the film taught him some stuff about love like for instance, when you love you have to love fully, jump right in and if you suffer that’s totally normal, it means you’re doing it right.
Luca Guadagnino is already working on a sequel alongside André Aciman. The story should be set 5 or 6 years later and still starring Timothée and Armie. In my opinion the movie ends in a perfect way. Of course, it’s tragic, it leaves the spectator quite frustrated, but it works. So, it could have been a great ending and that’s why I’m not entirely sure what to expect next. Honestly, I don’t know what to think about this sequel.
And you, what's your opinion on "Call Me By Your Name" ?
The story takes place around the 25th century. A soldier, answering to the name of Takeshi Kovacs, wakes up in another sleeve ("skin") after 250 years of "death". He's hired by a meth (meaning a very rich man) Laurens Bancroft to solve a murder: Bancroft's own murder. Bancroft changed his sleeve but of course he'd like to know who's trying to kill him.
At first, "Altered Carbon" is based on a series of books (trilogy) first published in 2002. (Actually, I bought them but I didn't read them yet so I can't compare the books vs the series).
First of all, the casting was pretty well chosen. The actors are great. I'm not gonna lie: I didn't knew Joel Kinnaman from before given the fact I've never seen "The Killing" nor the Mexican actress, Martha Higareda, playing Kristin Ortega.
Joel, for me, is the perfect guy to impersonate Kovacs: a deep voice, a great body and an acting on point (he has a lot of charisma). As for Ortega, she's one of my favorite alongside Quell (played by Renee Elise Goldsberry): badass, they both have character. I simply love them! Plus, Ortega is loyal and has integrity.
I also liked the fight scenes (especially the one during episode 4. It was insane!). For a TV Series, I found it to have great action. And the good scenario really helps achieving this. Although, sometimes some storylines struggled a bit. For instance, the storyline with Kovacs's sister, Reileen Kawahara (Dichen Lachman, actress we've already seen in The 100) at the very end started to be quite long in my point of view. I think the story concerning the sister could have been wrapped up in less time. But the end is interesting, learning like this what she did in the past concerning Quell. The chapter is brilliantly closed and it suggests a promising season 2.
"Altered Carbon" enters into the future. As I mentioned in the synopsis people live into "sleeves", meaning they live with other poeple's body, not with their original ones*). Furthermore, their conscience is inside "slacks" which are tiny microchips located at the back of their neck.
*The only people who can afford leaving with their original body are called "meth". They are "very rich people" who can create "clones" of themselves. The meths actually live in the air, up in the sky such as living gods.
For me, sleeves are very useful and very convenient. This process offers you immortality (who has never dreamt of that?). Of course you'll be alive as long as your stack's okay (even if your body dies). On the other hand, if your stack gets destroyed, then your fate will be "real death" (RD).
However, if that would happen in real life that would be scary …a bit at least…. In fact, you're not truly yourself…of course you have your conscience but bodies are also important. It should take time to adapt so I don't know about those). Also, there will be a time for adaptation in terms of gender (which brings back to the current issues of today's society). Indeed, in this series there's no more "proper gender"… at least you can switch. It's very futuristic (a woman can perfectly end up in a man's body and vice versa).
As we speak of the future, I think it is well represented. The design and graphism are outstanding: virtual boards, phones in the eye, smart bracelets, iron arms with extraordinary force, etc. Surgery is an entire new thing as well. It's expensive (quite like today in certain countries where only the very rich can have the very best of treatments) but it has known such a progress. It goes the same with technology. There are flying cars, the bombs end up having electric shields, bigger amplitude, etc.
Also, there are new activities and services. I'm not gonna enumerate all of them but only the one that talked to me: the Raven Hotel. See I study tourism and it was very interesting to see an AI (Artificial Intelligence) owning the place, "being" the hotel and being a "possessive" hotel. By possessive I mean they're protecting their customers at all cost (guns in the ceiling, watching everybody's moves quite like a raven). If we think about it it could be possible actually, technically speaking, to put that in place but of course, I'm not sure tourism is going this way at the moment ;)
To conclude I would say that even if it's the future, the show reflects on what's happening at the moment in today's world. There are lots of problems concerning gender identity, the poor and the very rich...
However, in the end, things get complicated because of course Kovacs's sleeve isn't just a sleeve: it's Elias Ryker's sleeve who was Ortega's boyfriend and partner in the police (suspended for about 200 years). It's when we found this information that we start making connections and learn how everything's linked between Ryker's case, Bancroft's murder, the Ghostwalker, etc. Obviously, Kovacs and Ortega relationship is hard to define.
Like I mentioned previously, a second season is already planned, although Joel Kinnaman said he wasn't sure to be back so that would mean Kovacs is back into his old skin (or another one perhaps?). Anyway, I loved the interpretation of both actors (the main ones): Joel Kinnaman and Will Yun Lee even if sometimes I felt quite torn between the two...like if they were completely different actors.
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Un groupe d'étudiants en médecine décide de se lancer dans une expérience qui va les emmener bien plus loin que la mort elle-même. Le but : mourir pour découvrir ce que fait votre cerveau les minutes qui suivent ce choc. Est-il toujours stimulé ? Mourrez-vous vraiment ? Allez-vous ailleurs ? Existe-t-il réellement une lumière blanche au bout d'un tunnel ? Ils devront aller jusqu'au bout pour trouver des réponses.
Mon avis :
Pour dire toute la vérité, je suis allée voir ce film un peu par hasard. Malgré la présence de deux de mes acteurs favoris à l'affiche : James Norton, connu pour ses rôles dans Happy Valley et Grantchester ainsi que de Nina Dobrev connue pour être Elena Gilbert au petit écran dans The Vampire Diaries, je ne voulais pas forcément aller au cinéma pour le voir.
Tout d'abord, je tiens à donner mon impression générale. Je apprécié le film mais je ne l'ai pas adoré non plus. Il est, à mon sens, assez moyen.
Il se trouve que je suis particulièrement intéressée par ses sujets autour de la mort, l'au-delà…c'est vraiment passionnant alors j'attendais quand même beaucoup de ce film.
Or, j'ai trouvé qu'il n'était pas assez abouti. Je m'explique.
La première raison : le sujet de la mort. J'espérais quelque chose de plus profond. Je voulais que ce long métrage aille encore plus loin. Mais là, on s'arrête aux deux minutes suivant la mort. Le cerveau est toujours en activé certes mais c'est trop court.
De plus, la vision est biaisée car aucun des sujets de cette expérience ne sont neutres. Ils ont tous une histoire et un secret à cacher. Ils ne représentent donc pas une personne lambda qui est blanche comme neige. Et ce, même si je sais que le film avait pour but principal de montrer que ce qu'il reste à la fin ce sont les regrets … (enfin je suppose).
D'ailleurs, en parlant des personnages cela m'amène à ma deuxième raison.
La deuxième raison : les personnages. Ils sont trop nombreux ! Il n'y a pas le temps de s'intéresser à chacun en profondeur. En tout, ils sont cinq : Ray (Diego Luna), Jamie (James Norton), Marlo (Nina Dobrev), Courtney (Ellen Page), Sophia (Kiersey Clemons).
Jamie, était un personnage avec du potentiel. Nous sentons qu'il cache ses émotions derrière l'argent, la fête et les femmes. Cependant, pile au moment où un déclic devrait se produire ... rien, nada. Il n'y avait pas de moments d'émotion comme par exemple avec son fils. Cette histoire avec l'enfant est vraiment dommage. Même l'actrice qui joue la mère ne dégage rien. Ça aurait pu aller plus loin.
Maintenant, Sophia. Alors elle, c'est un peu le personnage qui ne sert pas à grand chose, à part pour être agaçante. Elle représente une histoire mineure même si le message qu'elle porte est important. Je pense que c'est surtout un problème de gestion du temps vis à vis du temps accordé, plus conséquent, aux autres personnages. Son histoire aurait pu être développée et rendue beaucoup plus intéressante.
Aussi, ma plus grosse déception reste Ray. Cependant, ce n'est pas au niveau de son jeu d'acteur mais au niveau de son script. Ce que je veux dire, c'est qu'il n'est mentionné qu'une seule fois qu'il a été pompier avant et bizarrement on en reparle jamais, on apprend rien sur son background… tout ça est très dommage.
Marlo, elle, a soi-disant tué un patient. Or, c'est plutôt le fait d'avoir menti par rapport à son erreur médicale que d'avoir tué un patient qui lui est reproché. Cependant, nous aurions pu apprendre bien avant qu'elle avait menti...nous aurions ainsi gagné quelques scènes supplémentaires qui en auraient valu davantage la peine.
Enfin, et ma préférée pour la fin : Courtney. Elle est brillante et déterminée à prendre des risques. Courtney est à l'origine de l'expérience. C'est elle qui a un côté psychologique/émotionnel beaucoup plus développé que les autres. Nous sentons qu'elle a été marquée par la mort sa petite sœur, elle se sent fautive et coupable. Ainsi, le but de son expérience en un sens est de découvrir ce que pensait sa sœur quand elle est morte, savoir comment elle a terminé sa vie. Et, quand Courtney commence à halluciner et voir sa petite soeur lui apparaître, elle est terrifiée, certes, mais d'un autre côté elle veut la rejoindre.
La troisième raison : des incohérences. Certes, la plupart des actions de ce film étaient sans doute provoquées par l'adrénaline, l'excitation de la mort. Cependant, partir faire la fête alors qu'on vient de mourir ou se relever sans soucis…c'est un peu gros. De même qu'il y a eu des scènes étranges comme par exemple Sophia qui couche avec Jamie avec sa mère derrière la porte (super gênant).
La quatrième raison : la fin. Je suis en effet assez déçue par cette fin de film. En effet, il n'y a pas de conclusion particulière ! Je suis mitigée car d'un côté c'était sympa de vouloir faire le lien avec Courtney en jouant l'air au piano, qu'elle avait elle-même interprété quelques temps auparavant, mais d'un autre côté ça reste assez banal…En effet, ces étudiants tentent une expérience incroyable mais il n'y a aucune retombée pour leur profession, le simple fait d'être aller demander pardon aux gens à qui ils ont causé du tort suffit à les faire échapper à une mort certaine... enfin, disons juste que c'est un peu gros.
Pour conclure, j'aimerais mentionner ce que j'ai le plus aimé dans ce long-métrage. Tout d'abord, la bande son, qui était bien choisie. De plus, j'ai aimé l'atmosphère du film, les frissons qu'il provoquait. En effet, le suspense est très bien réalisé, bien joué donc on se laisse surprendre. Enfin, les scènes de mort étaient vraiment bien filmées. Ce que les étudiants voyaient pendant ce court laps de temps, l'ambiance était pesante, on se laissait prendre au jeu et se demandait s'ils allaient se réveiller.
Ainsi, nous pouvons penser que la morale est de se faire pardonner si nous avons quelconques regrets. Peut-être si c'est du passé, si la personne est morte ou pas, nous pouvons toujours être hanté... Le pardon permettrait-il donc de s'acheter une bonne conscience ?
Here's my video about the TV Show "The Royals". This one is particularly focused on Liam ...or should I say King Liam (haha).
King Liam - The Royals (King)
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Hacksaw Ridge (en français "Tu ne tueras point") m'a bouleversé. Aux commandes de ce film de guerre Mel Gibson. Un très grand Mel Gibson. Il nous livre là un film grandiose (basée sur une histoire vraie), tant sur le fond que sur la forme, avec un excellentissime cast, dont Andrew Garfield, en tête d'affiche, qui est saisissant.
Mai 1945. Seconde guerre mondiale. Nous suivons l'histoire de Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield). Il s'agit d'un jeune homme proche de sa mère et très protecteur envers elle à cause, notamment, d'un père alcoolique et violent avec qui il entretient une relation quelque peu conflictuelle. Il décide, par la suite, de s'engager dans l'armée et part combattre les japonais dans le Pacifique.
Il est le premier objecteur de conscience à avoir été décoré pour ses actions au combat. Objecteur de conscience signifie que Desmond a une foi très forte. Il agit en fonction de ses croyances. Il suit les préceptes et les écrits de la Bible dont un commandement en particulier "Tu ne tueras point". Ainsi, Desmond refuse de trahir sa parole envers Dieu et refuse de porter une arme, voire même de toucher (littéralement) un fusil. Il ne va, d'ailleurs, nul part sans sa bible, offerte par sa femme Dorothy (interprétée par Teresa Palmer). S'il s'est engagé ce n'est pas pour prendre des vies mais pour en sauver. Son rêve de gosse, qui était de devenir docteur, ne l'a jamais quitté et il veut devenir infirmier.
Au départ, son arrivée dans l'infanterie n'est pas au beau fixe. De par ses croyances la majorité des soldats, en particulier un certain Ryker (Luke Bracey), le tyrannise ou du moins essaient de l'intimider. Même les chefs d'armée, joués par Sam Worthington et Vince Vaughn, souhaitent son départ. Ils vont d'ailleurs essayer par tous les moyens de le faire partir, de le dissuader de rester mais rien n'y fait et Doss s'accroche.
Il est clair que personne ne croit en lui. Tout le monde pense que cette "brindille" ne survivra pas sans arme une fois au front. Cependant, et malgré, un court séjour en prison pour son refus d'obéissance et quelques démêlés avec la cour martiale, Desmond est enfin autorisé à partir avec son infanterie en tant qu'infirmier.
C'est à partir de ce moment que nous voyons vraiment le changement d'ambiance, de contexte. Nous perçevons à la perfection les changements de comportements et d'attitudes des soldats. Il y a l'avant et le pendant de la guerre. En effet, au début l'ambiance est assez bon enfant. Les soldats rient, blaguent... et puis nous commençons à sentir la tension de la guerre gagner les rangs petit à petit, et ce, jusqu'à l'instant où ils se retrouvent face aux corps déchiquetés des soldats qu'ils sont censés remplacer, où là la terreur les gagne officiellement.
L'atmosphère, devient grave, pesante. Nous sentons la peur s'installer. L'armée américaine tente inlassablement, après six tentatives infructueuses, de prendre la crête de Hacksaw Ridge, qui est tenue par les japonais.
Or, comble de l'ironie, c'est justement la foi de Doss qui va les aider à s'en sortir.
La première journée est un carnage. La situation, durant la deuxième, ne s'améliore pas. Au point qu'ils passent la nuit dans des trous d'obus au beau milieu de ce "no man's land". Au petit matin les japonais attaquent de nouveau toujours plus nombreux. Il y a des morts de partout, de nouveaux blessés.
Seulement voilà ; au moment où les américains battent en retraite et redescendent de la falaise, Desmond, lui, anéanti par la mort de son camarade Ryker, reste et décide d'aller rechercher les blessés. Toute la nuit, il va lutter pour aller récupérer des soldats et sauver des vies, et ce, à la barbe des japonais, toujours présents sur le terrain en train d'essayer de tuer les derniers survivants. En plus, pendant cette séquence, nous voyons bien que Desmond n'a vraiment aucune notion de la guerre en elle-même. Ce que je veux dire c'est qu'il n'a pas la même mentalité que les autres. Il est différent. Ainsi, il va aider un japonais blessé tout naturellement car selon la Bible "il faut aider son prochain".
Au premier abord, il est vrai que nous pourrions croire que cela va être encore un énième film de guerre avec d'un côté les gentils et de l'autre les méchants. Or, ce film, derrière le message de guerre va plus loin et délivre d'autres messages encore plus importants. Ce long-métrage insiste sur le fait d'être soi-même, de ne pas avoir honte de montrer qui nous sommes. C'est à propos de la volonté, présent en chacun de nous, de la loyauté que l'on porte à nos convictions. Desmond, a montré un mental d'acier, une force surhumaine. "Reste fidèle à ce que tu es et tu réussiras"...le message va assez dans ce sens là. Notons également que Desmond a sans doute voulu prouver à ceux qui ne croyaient pas en lui, à ses camarades, à ses supérieurs, à son père qu'il en était capable. Cela, va au-delà du simple surpassement de soi. Desmond voulait sauver des vies et c'est justement ce qu'il fait.
Après ce miracle, et cette nuit intense, tout le monde se rend compte de leur erreur. Ils portent désormais sur Doss un regard bienveillant, salutaire, respecteux. Ce respect il l'a gagné. Du coup, le lendemain au moment de revenir se battre, les soldats vont attendre que Desmond finisse de prier pour eux avant d'y aller. Et, visiblement, croire fonctionne puisqu'ils remportent cette bataille.
Ce qui est fou dans ce film, ce qui est captivant, est le travail de réalisation. Le réalisme est ahurissant et poignant de vérité. Nous sommes immergés. Sur certaines séquences nous oublions complètement le monde extérieur. Nous sommes avec eux sur le champ de bataille. Nous arrêtons de respirer, on halète, on lâche des soupirs de soulagement, nous nous contractons de peur, nous sursautons... Les sensations et émotions ressenties sont incroyables et démultipliées. La joie, la peur, la tristesse...nous sommes assaillis par ce cocktail de sentiments. Il est même impossible de ne pas pleurer au moins une fois dans ce film. Par exemple, et j'ai même été surprise de moi-même, mais la scène où Ryker meurt, seulement quelques heures après s'être rapproché de Desmond, m'a beaucoup ému. D'ailleurs, à la fin, Doss, même après tout ce qu'il a fait cette nuit là, ne l'oublie pas et récupère son corps. Rien qu'à écrire ces mots j'en frissonne encore.
Aussi, je tiens réellement à mentionner le talent d'Andrew Garfield. Il explose à l'écran, il est époustoufflant. Il est majestueux et sa prestation est touchante, vraie, crédible. Il y a même quelques surprises telles que Luke Bracey et Vince Vaughn qui nous avaient habitué, parfois, à des rôles plus légers (en tout cas pour le peu que j'ai vu où ils étaient présents au casting).
Enfin, le film se termine sur des photos, vidéos de la vraie vie de Desmond T. Doss avec en prime des témoignages touchants des proches ou de l'homme lui-même. La bande son, quant à elle, est juste remarquable et les musiques élèvent encore davantage ce petit bijou du septième art.
I only discovered this movie last week and what a discovery! I officially integrated the club of people who are wondering why this terrific movie hasn't been nominated in any (musical) category at the Oscars.
The story takes place in Ireland in the 80s, period where new bands were super hype and famous such as Gold, Duran Duran, The Cure... A young teenager, Conor aka Cosmo, played by Ferdia Walsh-Peelo starts a rock band in order to seduce a beautiful girl, a "model" called Raphina. Despite being bullied a little bit the band - composed by 5 other guys : Eamon, Darren, Ngig, Larry and Garry - encounters quite a success. Everyone has a special talent. There's a multi intrumentist and a writer, a funny manager, the only black of the school... well, they don't despair and keep going creating new songs, singing, performing.
The songs played in the movie are amazing, very entertaining, lively. We even get the chance to hear the amazing voice of Adam Levine on the title "Go Now". The playlist is truly superb.
Everything in this movie deserves more recognition : songs, clothes, atmosphere, dialogues.
Here's the trailer and the "official song" :
Thi movie is about finding his place, pursuing his dreams, never giving up, being strong, tolerant, respectful, a little bit adventurous and brave. The thing is you have to dare doing stuff. If you dont you're not gonna move and you'll stay at the same place forever. This is why the big brother was so happy at the end of the movie. His little brother had the courage to leave everything behind him unlike him who stayed with the parents.
I loved it because it put you in an incredible mood. You're smiling, you're happy and you can't stop singing (at least that's my case).
It was better than some of the musical movies I've seen because it has a soul. And truly that's the secret of a movie : soul, fire, heartful.
The other day I was watching Narnia again on TV, the second opus and I saw Ben Barnes. I already liked him a lot at that time. It reminded me as well of the time he played Dorian Gray and there, I totally fell in love him with him. So when I learnt he was starring in this musical drama movie "Jackie & Ryan" I got intrigued. I read the synopsis and thought "OK cool, this is going to be a nice little movie, entertaining but nothing more". To be honest, I thought it would be the kind of film you can watch while doing something else. But here's the thing: I was wrong. Once I started it I just could'nt stop staring at my screen. For me, Ben Barnes has been a revelation! I didn't even know he could sing! OMG! Sign him please and make him record and release an album of his own songs straight away! He has an amazing voice, deep and cracked.
It's quite funny because Ben, who plays Ryan, is British so I guess he worked a little more on his accent so it can sound a little bit more as an American one and it's pretty convincing. Ryan, he's a traveller, a wanderer carrying his guitar everywhere and singing in different places where the route leads him. So when he meets Jackie (Katherine Heigl) who encounters some issues he decide to stay with her and her daughter for a little while. We can say the story eventually ends up being about life, love, music, adventure, freedom and roots. Furthermore, I really enjoyed the relationship between Ryan and Lia (Jackie's daughter). He's great with kids. But I think his story as well as Cowboy's could have been more deepened and detailed. We don't know much and that's kind of frustrating.
Let's talk about his partner in the movie, Katherine Heigl. Unlike him, she's not a singer so we only hear her a couple of times. To be honest, it could have been another story, not neccesarily the one of a single mum, former country singer who had to go back to her own mum after a divorce. Jackie wasn't very "useful". It's strange because on the other hand she was important because she represented the "home" factor for Ryan who after running away from his house at 16, and jumping from place to place, actually find the place he can call home. It goes the same with the ex-husband. We're losing time in the movie by seeing him and hearing about him so often for, let's be honest, nothing.
Finally, the movie made me think of the songs from Alabama Monroe. It's the same register and atmosphere. Of course, we can't compare the two because Alabama Monroe is a masterpiece.
So, go buy the soundtrack, it's fabulous and take the time to watch it! You'll like independent movies even more afterwards.
Hi guys! Here's my last video about Teen Wolf . It's focused on two of the main characters Stiles and Lydia..... (#Stydia) ;) Enjoy!
Salut ! Je vous mets ci-dessous le lien pour aller voir ma toute dernière vidéo sur Teen Wolf. Elle est surtout à propos de Stiles et Lydia qui sont deux des principaux personnages de cette série .... (#Stydia) ;) Enjoy !
Teen Wolf - Stiles & Lydia (Stydia)
Bridget is back & we LOVE it!
Today I went to the movies to watch this marvellous third opus of the Bridget Jones saga. I have to say it was litteral perfection. I barely remember the last time I laughed so hard in a cinema room.
This time she runs quite "unexceptedly" into Mark Darcy at Daniel Cleaver's fake funerals. But this is happening a decade after we were used to see them as a couple. Things have changed, Mark got married but soon a divorced man to be and Bridget is still struggling to not ending up left on the shelf...if you see what I mean... ;) But one's thing sure they clearly still have feelings for each other.
However, everything is about to change because you know it's Bridget Jones we're talking about here so nothing's ever goes according to plan.
During a festival, the 43-year old woman's gonna have sex with a gorgeous man, Jake, played by Patrick Dempsey aka Mc. Dreamy for friends. But she's also making out with Darcy a few days later. Of course we all could guess, in that moment, what was about to happen...she eventually ends up being pregnant but without knowing who the dad is. How exciting!
At this point a sort of competition is starting between the two and it's hilarious to watch. It goes from who is offering her the best drink to the one who's ready to paint an entire room for the baby. It's actually hard to choose between Jake the billionnaire (he created a love algorithm) and Mark the uptight lawyer.
The great thing about this third opus is that the humour isn't just present into awkward situations but also because of many details. For instance, we could refer to the fake funerals of Daniel. He's actually alive and was found into a virgin forest (we're emphasizing "virgin" here because it's Daniel...). Same with the girls who were at the church but also with the references to the first two movies. Furthermore, one of the best character in this movie turned out to be the doctor played by Emma Thompson. She's so funny with her sarcasm and by making cutting remarks to her patients.
To sum up, let's say this movie is fun, refreshing, light. You start laughing even before the end of the first minute and you don't stop until the very end. I even cried as I laughed so hard at the scene where the two men are bringing her to the hospital.
Actually, the strenght of the movie is that among those events, laughs, smiles, fears, sad times and this incredible sense of humour it has a profound signification in which all men and especially women can find themselves in. It's an actual society issue...when having kids, worrying about the fact if it's too late or not, the fear of not being great in this "job". Every single person on this planet has experienced or is experimenting this.
This movie is amazing, generous, emotional and true. It's definitely worth watching not only if you want to laugh your ass off but also if you want to think about your life and to be moved, touched and to feel many different kind of stuff.