Chef is a delicious comedy from acclaimed director Jon Favreau. When chef Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) suddenly quits his job at a prominent restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman), he is left to figure out what’s next. Finding himself in a creative rut, he teams up with his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara) and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, chef Carl Casper goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen – and zest for life and love.
A movie full of heartfelt emotions; an intelligent comedy staging the relation between a father who gets gradually closer to a son he has neglected since his divorce. Watching these two you feel like wanting to be both characters at the same time so much they are real and caring for one another. This movie vibrates with authentic bonds between all the protagonists. They’re all warmhearted, sincere and intense. I watched this movie three times in a row so much I wanted to bask in such a palpable atmosphere of rich human emotions.
Two Days, One Night is probably Jean-Pierre et Luc Dasdennes’s master piece. All of their movie are filled with Humanism and goodness. I’ve love this film so much that I made it the number one French movie to be studied at Ciné-Langue. Sandra is a young wife and mother, who works in a small solar-panel factory. She suffers a nervous breakdown and is forced to take time off from her job. During her absence, her colleagues realize they are able to cover her shifts by working slightly longer hours and the management proposes a €1,000 bonus to all staff if they agree to make Sandra redundant. Sandra later returns to work and discovers that her fate rests in the hands of her sixteen co-workers, and she must visit each of them over the course of a weekend to persuade them to reject the monetary bonus. However, most of the co-workers need the proposed bonus for their own families and Sandra faces an uphill battle to keep her job before the crucial vote on Monday morning.
Shadowlands is a master piece, plain and simple. I’ve seen it three times and I will watch it again. It’s just love, but the true one, the one that changes you and makes you better. The one you experience only once and that you keep and cherish with your whole life. A treasure, inestimable, that brings joy and pain, encompassing everything, the sun, the moon, the earth, the sea, people, good and bad. As if awoken in a universe that you didn’t know, you’re enchanted, you don’t believe it, and you cry for joy and hope such love will last eternally.
Based on a true story, C.S. Lewis ( Anthony Hopkins ) is a world reknowned writer and professor. Unmarried, he leads a life filled by intellectual pursuits, remaining untouched by any great passion until he meets Joy Gresham (Debra Winger). Joy is a feisty abrasive New-York divorcée whose sharp-edged, no-nonsense attitudes take Lewis by surprise. Bursting unexpectedly into Lewis’s world, Joy shocks his associates and awakens him to deep emotions he has written about, but never experienced. Slowly he opens his heart to this woman, and their romance shatters the walls of his cloistered world. But life is made up of delicate balances, and Lewis must confront a terrible truth : that a heart awakened to great love is also opened to great pain.
Shadowlands est un chef-d’oeuvre, pur et simple. Je l’ai vu trois fois et je vais le revoir encore. C’est l’amour, le vrai, celui qui nous change et nous édifie, celui que l’on ne connaît qu’une fois et qu’on se doit de préserver avec toute notre vie. C’est un trésor inestimable qui apporte la joie et la souffrance, car il est comme la vie, il englobe tout et nous fait voir le soleil, la lune, la terre, la mer sous un angle nouveau, insoupçonné, comme si on se réveillait un matin, dans un autre pays, un univers nouveau. Et on est enchanté, on ne le croit pas, on pleure de joie et espère que cet amour sera éternel.
Basé sur une histoire vécue, C.S. Lewis ( Anthony Hopkins ) est un écrivain et un professeur de réputation internationale. Célibataire, il a une vie comblée par des aspirations toutes intellectuelles, à l’abri de la passion, jusqu’au jour où il fait la rencontre de Joy Gresham ( Debra Winger ). Joy est poète, divorcée, ardente, mère d’un jeune garçon de dix ans elle possède une intelligence vive et pénétrante. Lewis est pris par surprise par cette femme belle et brillante. Elle réveillera en lui des émotions profondes dont il a parlé dans ses livres mais qu’il n’a jamais vécues. Il va ouvrir son cœur petit à petit à cet amour qui va jeter bas les cloisons opaques d’une vie enfermée dans un monde irréel de poursuites philosophiques et abstraites. Mais la vie est faite d’équilibres délicats et Lewis devra composer avec une vérité terrifiante : un cœur disponible à un immense bonheur sera aussi la proie d’une immense douleur.
Last Love pleased me greatly as it’s filled with sensitivity, realism and intelligence. Right off the bat we’re pulled into Mathew (eighty years old), and Pauline ( hardly 25 )’s tender love-friendship story. We’re then led to slow meanderings through Mathew’s life after he lost his wife. He then closed himself off from the world, feeling quite hopeless until a young social dancer, opens up a crack and lets light back into his life. Though she has to navigate on rough sea : Mathew has a son and a daughter who don’t see eye to eye with him regarding his new young friend, Pauline will manage to get close to Mathew’s son in a quite unexpected way. Anyone who likes a less conventional love story will adore this film.
Évaluation maximum : *****
Scénario : ****
Jeu des acteurs : ****1/2
Dialogues : ***
Photo : ****
Intrigue : ****
Rythme : *****
Réalisme de l’histoire : ****
Valeurs positives : *****
Musique : ***
Message d’espoir : *****
It doesn’t look like it, but this little movie is a master piece. Why? Because like many great English and American very expansive movies, which is not the case with this one, three different stories are taking place at the same time without the audience loosing the thread of any of them. Besides, Pour Toujours Les Canadiens is not only a movie about hockey. Primarily it’s a movie about human values, especially generosity, or in terms of Hockey, team spirit. While his mother, a nurse, is busy attending a young child waiting for a kidney graff and his father is working day and night on a documentary on the Club Les Canadiens, Daniel Lanctot-Couture ( Dhanaé Audet Beaulieu ) is facing serious problems with his new hockey team. Daniel is a very talented hockey player and like many of them, he’s selfish and believes he’s in no need of anybody neither on ice or off it. As a consequence he will soon face rejection from his teammates and get into serious run-ins with his father and mother. But thanks to the help of an old man ( the janitor of the Bell Center ) and of his coach, he’ll change his attitude, put himself together and start to find the joy of being part of a team and win games helping others and being helped by them.
Here’s a movie worth watching for a very special reason : The six years old Kylie Rogers in the role of the little Katie Davis, Jake Davis (Russell Crowe)’s daughter. How is it possible for a six-year-old to cry, laugh out loud, jump for joy as concincingly as a seasoned actress like Merryll Streep or Jennifer Connelly. Such a talent is amazing! The movie tells the story of a successfull writer plagued with a mental desease caused by the loss of his wife in a car accident. Jake Davis is engaged in an excruciating struggle to keep the custody of his daughter against his sister in law and her husband who are trying to take her daughter from him under the pretext that he is not fit neither mentally nor financially to raise the little girl. They want to steal her from him, litterally.
La dernière fugue, here is a real pearl produced with a very modest budget. The Lévesque are gathered at the family home on Christmas Eve. The father now suffers from a case of Parkinson and emotions erupt over his care between the members of the family. Caught in the middle is his wife who is at her wits end as to how to alleviate his suffering. Not only is she exhausted from worries about her husband incontinence, but she has to put up as well with the pressure from her own children and their spouses who all know better as to what to do and when and where. But his eldest son and grandson will come to her rescue and find an unexpected solution to their father’s suffering...
Luc Bisaillon can’t have any contact with his son, Sam, a teenager. A violent incident took place a few years back when Sam was a toddler. But Luc repeatedly ignores the court order against him and find himself in jail. One day, Luc decides to kidnap his son and takes him on a hunting trip far in the wild. In so doing he hopes to be able to come clean with him and explain the reasons of their conflict. But an accident occurs in which Sam shoots his father in the stomach with a riffle and has to carry him out of the woods on a stretcher and way back to their car.
This story is very convincing, technically impeccable and powerfull as to the relationship between a father and his son. Sometimes a great blow is necessary to force people to get to the bottom of things and come clear. That’s how Luc and Sam will get to love each other again.
Here’s a very good story. Jessy is a 12 year old boy from a poor family of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve in Montreal. Third in a family of four children, he dreams of becoming a professional wrestler. But Hochelaga-Maisonneuve is a tough neighborhood where Jessy is surrounded by tough kids, older than him most of the time. He belongs in a dysfunctional family in which an older brother try to use him to deliver drugs to low-life clients of the neighborhood. Very sad story you may think. Yes, it is, but Jessy is an incredibly resilient kid with a pure heart and a strong determination to make his dream come true. That’s where this movie is inspiring. Is he going to realize his dream ? That doesn’t really matter.for Jessy’s character alone is enough to inspire kindness, hope and compassion.
Une belle et grande réussite de sa réalisatrice Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette