13 mai 2018

Outlander : new video!

Bonjour tout le monde! Découvrez ma toute nouvelle vidéo sur Outlander. J'espère que vous l'aimerez autant que la première! N'hésitez pas à commenter et à partager!


Hi folks! Check out my new video on Outlander! I hope you'll like it as much as the first one! Comment and share please! ;)


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05 mars 2018

Call Me By Your Name: review (Book & Movie)

Call Me By Your Name


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" ?


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22 décembre 2016

Jackie & Ryan : review

                     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.


21 décembre 2016

Teen Wolf : Stydia

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)



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13 octobre 2016

Bridget Jones Baby: review



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.


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25 juin 2016

Poldark - Ross and Demelza (Where's My Love)

Hi folks! Here's my all new video about the lead characters Ross and Demelza (respectively played by Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson) in the Poldark series. Hope you'll enjoy! Comment, share & subscribe!


Bonjour tout le monde ! Voici ma nouvelle vidéo en lien avec la série Poldark et plus particulièrement sur les deux personnages principaux Ross et Demelza (respectivement joué par Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson). J'espère que vous apprécierez ! N'hésitez pas à commenter, partager et abonner vous ! ;) 


Poldark - Ross and Demelza (Where's My Love)


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18 mai 2016

Mommy : la critique




               Ce film, sorti en 2014, a été réalisé par Xavier Dolan, un jeune homme brillant et plus que prometteur.

Le film suit l'histoire d'une mère, Diane, et de son fils, hyperactif et violent, qui essaient jour après jour de vivre ensemble tout simplement et de surmonter les obstacles entreposés sur leur chemin.

Xavier Dolan nous dépeint, ici, une relation exceptionnelle, un amour inconditionnel et fusionnel entre deux personnes. Diane reprend son fils, Steve, après que celui-ci ait rencontré des démêlés avec la justice. Elle ne souhaite pas le voir en prison et prend donc la responsabilité de continuer à veiller sur lui du mieux qu'elle peut tout en essayant de joindre les deux bouts. Elle veut le sauver mais peut-il l'être ? Toute la question repose en ces mots : peut-on sauver la personne qu'on aime le plus au monde ? Il s'agit du thème principal de ce long métrage.



               Très vite on s'aperçoit qu'en plus d'être hyperactif, Steve est agressif, violent et se laisse très vite emporter par ses émotions. C'est d'ailleurs lors d'une de ses crises, qu'entre en scène Kyla, la nouvelle voisine. Elle va être de plus en plus présente dans leur vie et à eux trois forment en quelque sorte une petite famille. Kyla souffre elle aussi d'un problème assez handicapant au quotidien. Depuis bientôt deux ans, elle éprouve des difficultés à s'exprimer. Sa personnalité est très touchante et on s'attache rapidement à elle.

Au contact de cette famille et aidée par cette dernière, elle va vivre comme une sorte de thérapie. Un peu plus tard, nous prenons connaissance qu'elle avait un fils, présumé mort puisqu'il n'apparaît jamais, qui ressemble étrangement à Steve. Mêmes yeux, même couleur de cheveux, etc. Cela expliquerait cet attachement soudain pour l'adolescent. Kyla voit en Steve le fils qu'elle n'a jamais eu la chance de voir grandir. Cette relation ambigüe est parfaitement représentée par cette scène très symbolique où l'on voit Kyla et Steve au milieu de la route avec, pour seule séparation, la ligne de marquage. Deux mondes s'opposent, lui et sa mère d'un côté et la famille de Kyla de l'autre. Lui, souhaite qu'elle reste et au fond Kyla aussi, ce qu'elle va faire d'ailleurs.



               Pour en revenir à Steve de manière plus approfondie, nous constatons, comme mentionné précédemment, que c'est un jeune homme violent, agressif par moments, qui ne tient pas en place et qui dit tout ce qu'il lui passe par la tête. Il arrive à nous faire rire à force d'utiliser à tout bout de champ les mots "fucking" et "tabernacle". Steve a un côté humoristique et le film joue beaucoup sur ça. Nous rions autant que nous pleurons. De plus, derrière cette carapace qu'il s'est forgé au fil des années, nous aperçevons que le jeune homme cache un côté très sensible, à fleur de peau. Nous le voyons notamment lorsque qu'il craint que sa mère ne l'aime plus assez voire plus du tout, après cette scène où Diane paraît désemparée, ne sait plus quoi faire, voulant faire un break, et qu'il décide de se suicider. Situation identique lorsqu'il souhaite chanter une chanson au cours d'un karaoké dans un bar et qu'il se fait humilier par les gens qui se moquent et qui ne se rendent absolument pas compte qu'ils sont en train de le blesser au plus profond de lui-même. Durant cette scène, la tension est palpable, on sent que la situation va déraper et c'est le cas puisque Steve se jette sur l'un de ses "persécuteurs" et l'agresse. 

Pour en revenir à cette tentative de suicide, le plan séquence qui suit est très bien réalisé. Il est intéressant de voir comment ce silence, vers la fin de la scène dans l'ambulance, a un impact émotionnel fort. Dans l'ambulance nous avons suivi cette course symbolisant les obstacles sur leur chemin, les étapes de leur vie et le soutien indéfaillible de "deux mères". Et là, ce silence arrive. C'est l'apothéose, le paroxysme de cet ascenseur émotionnel qu'on vient de subir. Notre coeur s'arrête en même temps tellement nous sommes happés par cette atmosphère particulière.

Très proche de sa mère, il veut la protéger. C'est comme s'il voulait endosser le rôle de l'homme de la maisonnée et tout faire pour que sa mère soit heureuse. Il éloigne les dangers ; l'homme qui court après sa mère depuis longtemps en fait d'ailleurs l'expérience. Aussi, cette image de "responsabilité", de protection vient du fait que son père n'est plus là pour le faire. On voit souvent cette scène du placard où sont entreposés les vêtements de son père. Il lui arrive de les porter et ce fameux placard représente d'une certaine manière l'ombre omniprésente du père qui père sur la famille en silence ou alors qui pourrait s'apparenter davantage à une quête d'identité de la part de Steve.



               Son monde était étriqué, fermé, oppressant mais avec ces deux femmes à ses côtés il retrouve l'envie de rire et de vivre tout simplement. Il y a un message d'espoir montrant que le bonheur est à portée de main. D'un coup cette liberté explose à l'écran au moment où celui-ci, le format dans lequel est tourné le film s'élargit. Steve étend son champ de vision et perçoit, insconsciemment, les nouvelles possibilités et opportunités qui s'offrent à lui. C'est comme un nouveau souffle. Il est simplement heureux et c'est un bonheur à l'état pur dont il est question. Par ailleurs, accompagnée de la musique cette scène à son petit effet.

Il est vrai que le fait que Dolan joue avec le format vidéo, restreint puis ouvert aux moments des tensions, est très intelligent. Cela procure au film une tout autre dimension et crée une atmosphère spéciale. Aux moments de doutes, de peur, d'agitation l'écran étant minimisé il se crée une bulle dans laquelle nous sommes plongés entièrement. Et quand il faut en sortir, nous ne le faisons pas indemnes.



               Le film se poursuit avec des passages saississants. Et ce, notamment quand la mère de Steve rêve d'une vie "normale", c'est-à-dire la remise des diplômes, un mariage, des enfants, etc, pour son fils. On perçoit la fierté d'une mère, des instants de joie, le sentiment d'avoir battue la vie à son propre jeu et d'avoir surmonté tous les obstacles qui étaient face à eux. Cependant, la scène s'évapore soudainement et la réalité revient à grands pas. Diane, en effet, savait où elle allait et où elle emmenait son fils tandis que l'intéressé et Kyla n'en avaient pas la moindre idée. Elle savait qu'elle l'abandonnait et le conduisait au seul endroit  où elle refusait de le laisser jusqu'à maintenant: en hôpital psychiatrique. Cette partie est vraiment déchirante et vous brise le coeur. Depuis le croisement sur la route où elle a tourné on sent que quelque chose ne va pas. La métaphore du tournant, cette fameuse croisée des chemins, le tournant qui fait tout basculer, la séparation entre le passé et l'avenir, la vie de joie et parfois de souffrance qu'ils ont vécu jusqu'ici et la séparation tout simplement d'une mère et d'un fils, etc ; tous ces éléments sont présents ici. Biensûr nous ne sommes pas épargnés par les cris et la douleur. Kyla est très émouvante dans cette scène. Elle se tient la tête, elle est en larmes, à l'image d'un hurlement resté bloqué à l'intérieur de soi. C'est comme si c'était son propre fils qui lui était arraché une fois encore, comme si c'était lui qu'on avait enfermé. Diane, aussi, se rend vite compte de l'épreuve qu'elle inflige à son fils et à elle-même d'un certain côté. Elle est effondrée. Nous pouvons, en toute honnêteté, comprendre son choix. Elle le fait pour son fils, pour son bien. Nous avons devant nous la représentation de ce qu'une mère, par amour pour son enfant doit faire, prendre des décisions dures et ce, malgré les conséquences, le mal et le déchirement que cela peut engendrer.

Enfin, le film se clotûre avec le départ de Kyla, qui déménage et Diane qui se retrouve donc seule. De même que la dernière séquence est poignante. On voit Steve se libérer et s'échapper des mains du personnel de l'hôpital puis courir dans le couloir droit vers la fenêtre sur fond de Lana Del Rey avec "Born To Die"; la musique est-elle ici une part d'explication ? 



               L'oeuvre de Xavier Dolan donne également la place aux femmes, leur donne la parole. Les relations humaines sont au centre mais également l'individu seul, l'individu en lui-même avec ses côtés sombres. Aussi, l'accent, québécois, aide à accentuer l'authenticité. Enfin, l'acteur, Antoine Olivier Pilon est à surveiller de près. C'est un jeune homme très talentueux qui livre une très grande performance.

La bande son est exceptionnelle et s'intègre à la perfection au film. On entend du Céline Dion, du classique en passant par Dido, Oasis ou encore The Counting Crows. La musique a elle seule est même parfois un dialogue nous aidant à voir plus clair et qui nous délivre des informations nous faisant comprendre la situation par moment d'un autre point de vue et voir au-delà. La musique a été utilisé de manière intelligente.

Bref, ce film est vibrant, boulversant et ne laisse pas indifférent. C'est un petit bijou du septième art.



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31 mars 2016

Outlander: the video!

Salut tout le monde ! 

Je profite du fait d'avoir un blog, pour faire partager ce petit lien qui vous conduira directement à ma première vidéo Youtube en lien avec Outlander! Certes, il ne s'agit pas là d'une oeuvre d'art mais c'est un début ! N'hésitez pas à commenter !


Hey guys !

I'm writing this to share this link that will lead you directly to my first Youtube video in relation with Outlander! Certainly this is not a masterpiece but it's a beginning! Don't hesitate to comment!

Jamie and Claire - Outlander (Like I'm Gonna Lose You)

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25 janvier 2016

Critiques de films

Affiches de Films ou Séries (Divers)1



Agents Très Spéciaux : Code U.N.C.L.E


 ==> 4/5

Un film d'action au scénario bien ficellé et des pointes d'humours sans en faire trop : un cocktail bien dosé pour le plaisir des spectateurs. Henry Cavill ainsi qu'Armie Hammer sont tout à fait convaincants en tant qu'agents britannique et russe. Dans la même lignée que le film Kingsman vous passerez un excellent moment de divertisement. 


A la Poursuite de Demain (Tomorrowland)


==> 2/5

En toute honnêteté je m'attendais à quelque chose de beaucoup plus aboutit. Après des semaines de promo, de publicités en tous genres, l'équipe du film a réussi à attiser notre curiosité mais voilà ça ne prend pas et on trouve le temps long. Scénario approximatif, effets spéciaux pauvres en qualité, concept incomplet, etc. Je n'ai tout simplement pas accroché. Le film aurait pu être mieux et avec un peu plus de recherche aurait même pu cibler une audience davantage plus conséquente et plus large.


We Are Your Friends


==> 4/5

Dix ans après High School Musical on retrouve l'acteur Zac Efron dans la peau, non pas d'un chanteur, mais d'un DJ. Cherchant à se faire une place dans ce monde difficile d'accès, il va demander de l'aide à James, un DJ à succès, et en profite pour tomber amoureux de sa petite amie. Cependant, l'histoire d'amour n'est pas au centre du film et se concentre essentiellement sur comment se faire une place dans le monde de la musique. Sexe, drogues, excès, passion...tout se mélange pour offrir au spectateur un bon divertissement.


La Face Cachée de Margo


==> 2/5

Après avoir entendu maintes éloges sur ce film ainsi qu'après le film à succès "Nos Étoiles Contraires" je m'attendais à beaucoup mieux et à quelque chose de beaucoup plus recherché. N'ayant pas lu le livre, j'avouerai que le film ne nous montre pas assez les sentiments intérieurs des personnages. Nous sommes spectateurs donc avec une vision extérieure et il est vrai que certaines scènes nous laissent dubitatifs. De plus, l'histoire ne m'a pas beaucoup attirée, plue, du moins, pas comme je l'espérais. Margo a beau être une jeune femme mystérieuse au final je trouve que c'est un personnage terne, vide et qui manque de rondeur, tout comme le scénario dont la profondeur était loin d'être au rendez-vous.


Southpaw (La Rage au Ventre)


==> 4/5

Agréable surprise ! J'avais beaucoup aimé la bande annonce et je ne suis pas déçue d'avoir vu le film. Jake Gyllenhaal est stupéfiant dans ce long métrage pour lequel il a pris beaucoup de musculature et a, ainsi, réussi à obtenir un corps bodybuildé digne des plus grands catcheurs. Les émotions sont là, le drama également et les scènes de combat sont très bien réalisées. 


Before We Go


 ==> 5/5

Chris Evans, connu pour ses rôles allant des 4 Fantastiques en passant par Avengers aka Captain America, signe ici un très bon film, son tout premier. L'histoire se déroule sur une nuit entière, où deux inconnus, Nick et Brooke, déambulent dans les rues de New York, discutant de leurs problèmes respectifs et de leurs attentes pour le futur. Il est fou d'imaginer à quel point un moment de hasard peut rassembler deux personnes sur la même longueur d'ondes. Ce film nous pousse à faire une retrospective sur nous mêmes et à se poser des questions auxquelles on n'aurait pas forcément pensé au premier abord. Enfin, le film mêle émotions, rires, joies éphémères, amertume, tristesse...Bref, j'ai passé un excellent moment.


Mémoires de Jeunesse (Testament of Youth)


==> 5/5

Adapté du livre de Vera Brittain publié en 1933, ce film est une grande réussite. On s'attache aux différents personnages, on voit ce qu'était la guerre à travers leurs yeux et on a peur pour eux. Peu de film arrive à nous captiver de cette manière. On vibre pour les personnages que ce soit tant au niveau de la peur, de la colère qu'au niveau de la profonde tristesse. On suit essentiellement la vie de Vera (puisqu'il s'agit d'une oeuvre autobiographique), interprétée par la très talentueuse Alicia Vikander (vu également dans Agents Très Spéciaux : Code U.N.C.L.E), qui rêvant d'étudier à Oxford voit sa vie basculé par la guerre et qui décide; alors, de devenir infirmière.




==> 5/5

Film magnifique aux paysages sublimes qui vous transporte en plein Alaska. Mackenzie, une jeune adolescente qui doit aller vivre un temps chez son oncle, décide de suivre un homme d'une cinquantaine d'années répondant au nom de Rene. Mackenzie qui connait une situation familiale compliquée trouve en cet homme du réconfort, de la sécurité et leur relation devient vite très touchante, émouvante. Dommage que le film ne soit pas aussi connu car il le mériterait. 


The Rewrite


==> 3/5

Nouvelle comédie pour Hugh Grant qui cette fois se met dans la peau d'un scénariste raté et fauché qui n'arrive à rien écrire de promettant depuis son immense dernier succès quelques années auparavant. Il va alors accepter de devenir professeur dans une université afin d'enseigner à de jeunes gens comment écrire l'histoire parfaite. Aussi, il rencontrera sur les bancs de la fac une mère d'une quarantaine d'année accumulant deux jobs à la fois et qui n'est autre que son élève. Elle va lui permettre de redonner un sens à sa vie et d'envisager de passer à autre chose dans sa carrière professionnel. Bref, film gentil, sans grand intérêt et dont le jeu d'acteur est un peu mou. C'est dommage car le film partait d'une bonne intention.


The Duff


==> 4/5

The Duff raconte l'histoire de Bianca qui se rend compte qu'elle est une DUFF, c'est-à-dire, une "Designated Ugly Fat Friend". Certes, ça reste un film pour adolescent. La morale de l'histoire s'avère que nous sommes tous les Duff de quelqu'un. Cependant, l'histoire est bien contruite et le scénario est cohérent. Les acteurs sont bons dans ce qu'ils font et vous garantissent ainsi de passer un bon moment.


The Riot Club


==> 3/5

Si votre rêve est d'un jour d'intégrer un club pour riches enfants pourris gâtés issus d'une fac de renommée mondiale, en l'occurence Oxford ici,  alors ce film est pour vous. Non, plus sérieusement l'histoire de base raconte comment un jeune homme prénommé Miles, interprété par Max Irons, va se retrouver transporté dans des événements qui le dépassent. Au départ l'ambiance est bon enfant mais les choses dégénèrent très vite et leurs actions deviennent de plus en plus agressives, violentes et davantage proche de la débauche que de la classe dont ils devraient faire preuve vu leur rang social. Les autres membres du club, respectivement joués par Douglas Booth, Sam Clalfin, Sam Reid et bien d'autres se croient permis de tout, vivent dans l'excès et ne respectent quasiment rien. Miles va s'en aperçevoir mais un peu trop tard...

Le film est très bien réalisé et nous sommes parfois outrés de voir à quel point les choses s'enlisent et choqués par la proportion que prennent leurs actions. 


Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List


==> 4/5

Film très intéressant sur l'amitié fille-garçon porté par les acteurs Victoria Justice et Pierson Fode dont l'alchimie crève l'écran. Ils forment un très bon duo et on se laisse emporter par l'histoire de ces deux jeunes personnes. Il s'agir de découvrir les limites de l'amitié, l'ambiguité qui peut survenir au bout d'un certain temps. C'est à propos de la réciprocité des sentiments et du mal que peut provoquer certaines actions quand nous sommes jeunes. 


Les enquêtes du département V : Miséricorde


==> 4/5

Premier film d'une trilogie vous ne serez pas déçu. Produit par le réalisateur danois Mikkel Norgaard, ce film est basé sur une série de livres écrit par un autre danois Jussi Adler-Olsen. Pour les avoir lu, je peux témoigner de leur excellence. Ils sont merveilleusement bien écrit, l'histoire est prenante et ce qu'il m'a plu c'est que le film leur fait fidélité. Un deuxième est déjà sorti : Profanation et un troisième ne devrait pas tarder : Délivrance.

L'histoire est à propos d'un flic prénommé Carl Mørck qui après une bavure lors d'un précédente enquête se retrouve à trier des dossiers sur des affaires classées dans le sous-sol de son commissariat. Également assisté par Assad, un syrien au passé trouble, il va vite désobéir aux ordres et décide de rouvrir une affaire vieille de quelques années à propos de la disparition soudaine et énigmatique d'un jeune politicienne.

Le rythme est plutôt lent mais cela ne signifie pas que l'action n'est pas au rendez-vous. C'est un film à l'atmosphère noir, mystérieux, avec des moments faisant un peu plus peur que d'autres et qui se détache des thrillers américains connus pour être beaucoup plus bruts généralement. 


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01 septembre 2015

Billy & Billie : reasons why you have to watch this show

Billy & Billie


This new series broadcasted since March, 3rd on DIRECTV is my last discovery. Yes, I know I'm a little bit late on the schedule. But I'm very glad I found it.

Billy & Billie tells the story of step (not half!) siblings that fall for each other...romantically. 

Composed of a single season divided in 10 episodes of 25 minutes each, this show is funny, entertaining and full of different emotions. The two main characters are portrayed by Lisa Joyce (Billie) and Adam Brody (Billy) also known to be Leighton Meester's husband and also a future daddy !

Here's some of the reasons (5 actually) why I LOVE Billy & Billie and why you should all watch it ! 


1 - The realism

Let me explain. When I say realism it's not necessarily about the situation but more about the way of filming and acting the show. Dialogues are more natural than some other show that we can find on FOX or the CW, just to name few channels. Here, we don't feel the scenario and moves are not forced. It's more like "the guy" sits if he wants to sit and not because someone told him to. I don't know if I'm being clear but I feel this way every time I watch B. & B.. It's not formatted. I hope I succeeded explaining to you the atmosphere.

I also like the way writers/directors are introducing scenes. They're using a typewriter so we can be informed of the place each scene is happening. It's quite funny to do so and to accentuate the parallel between Billy's life and Billie's. What they do at the same time but each in their own apartment, etc.


2 - The relationship

At first, I think lots of people, when they heard that the two protagonists who are step brother and sister were sleeping together and were in love, thought "Oh gosh! That's gross! Disgusting! Where are we ? Game of Thrones ?". Let me tell you : you're wrong! It's not like that at all and Billy makes that point very clear. He constantly repeats to other people that Billie is his "STEP SISTER !!!" "We're not related!" he says. 

The funny thing is that they keep telling people they're not related, that there's no problem with them being together, that they aren't brother and sister but they still act like if they were. They still go to the family house and try to hide their relationship at the beginning (we'll see by the the end of the season they don't anymore). They laugh together about stupid things or past family events like real siblings would do. There's this thin limit between the two that is present, we feel it but they chose to overpass it and it's making their relationship stronger, better, funnier and more beautiful.

To conclude, I'd say they form the perfect couple. They're young, a little bit crazy, smart, in love. It's a pleasure to follow their story and to watch them growing in this relation. 


3 - The feels

Yeah FEELS ! The true essence of that kind of show. The latter, is really centred on the two main characters. We always see them on screen so we get attached and end up feeling the same way as them. If Billy is mad at Billie so are we. If Billie is jealous we are, perhaps even more than her sometimes, etc. We're going through every emotions: anger, frustration, hapiness, sadness, disappointment... Morever, we're scared! For example, in this episode where "their' mum comes into the appartment unannounced visiting Billie while Billy who is in her bed immediately runs and pretends sleeping on the couch. Those moments are truly priceless.

However, the only "thing" we all agree on is this show makes you laugh. A lot. Fun is a huge part of it and we're pleased (sometimes) to see Billy & Billie arguing because it turns out to be very entertaining being spectator of those scenes. There are misunderstandings and each other often don't want to tell the other what he really thinks. 

Another funny fact, which will appear as a detail for most of you I think, is the name of the magazine where Billy's working : "Chisel". At first, we all understand that as the synonym of "scissors" but it's not ! Indeed, if we dig a little and search for the slang meaning, the urban one well...how to say this...it can turn the situation on an uncomfortable or very hilarious level. Here's the link so you can see what I'm talking about ! 

Anyway, the show stays printed into your mind thanks to all those little details.


4 - The rest of the characters

Each character has a particularity, a proper personnality and that's why we love seeing them on screen besides B. & B.. There's the "temporary boss", who wants to do like his dad but don't succeed very much to do so, kind of a weirdo as well who tries to be fun but he's not. But this is why we love him! Right ?! 

Then, the mum. Difficult character actually to describe. She's "posh" or at least looks like a rich person, haughty sometimes and who is absolutely against that relationship.

The dad is an alcoholic, a cheater screwing Drew (Billie's best friend). So let's talk about Drew. She's an actress or tries to be. She's also superfluous and mean at certain times.

Moreover, there's the Asian co-worker answering to the name of Denise. She's a cold, logical and rational person, quite "rigid" as well. 

Another member of the cast is the loser co-worker who sleeps at some other people places when he needs to. He's not very smart, we don't know if he's working when he's at Chisel to be honest and has a mysterious obsession with Denise.

The penultimate on my list is the waitress with a weird name: September! Don't ask the reason why she's named that way because it's so stupid that it would either makes you laugh or confound, abash you.

And finally, the last : the "cliché" actor, the stereotype. He thinks he's hot and gorgeous but he's not. He thinks he's smart but no! he's just some big arm guy with a chickpea instead of a brain.


5 - The end 

(NO spoilers here, you can read safely)

Indeed, the end is definitely one of the reasons why I love Billy & Billie because there's a HUGE cliffhanger! And when I say HUGE it's HUGE, ENORMOUS and SO FUNNY ! This end just give you the desire to get a season 2! Billy & Billie will have to face a lot if the series is renewed. I hope so! *crossed fingers* ;)



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