“The Stolen Painting”, “A Matter of Principle”… May 1st cinema releases

“The Stolen Painting”, “A Matter of Principle”… May 1st cinema releases
“The Stolen Painting”, “A Matter of Principle”… May 1st cinema releases

♦ The Stolen Painting ***

by Pascal Bonitzer

French film, 1h31

Inspired by a True Story, The stolen painting reveals the little-known world of art dealers and auctions through the story of André Masson, renowned auctioneer at Scottie’s. The specialist agrees to travel to the east of France to assess a painting present in a house purchased as a life annuity which could be by Egon Schiele. Facing the canvas, André and Bertina, Bertina, his ex-wife who specializes in this artist, cannot hold back a nervous laugh. These are the Sunflowers, a work by the painter, missing since 1939. Without ever giving the impression of too much, the film depicts in a captivating and delicate manner a world passionate about art, but even more about its monetization, and evokes the dispossession of the Jews in the time of the Shoah. An exciting film, served by an impeccable cast.

» READ THE REVIEW: “The Stolen Painting” by Pascal Bonitzer: a painting from the past

♦ A matter of principle **

by Antoine Raimbault

French film, 1h35

How can we make a (true) story that takes place mainly in the corridors and offices of the Commission and Parliament in Brussels attractive? Director Antoine Raimbault takes up the challenge by portraying José Bové as a simple environmentalist parliamentarian foiling the maneuvers of the tobacco lobby and confronting the powerful President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso. The form adopted – that of the political thriller – is effective in creating suspense, even if it is sometimes caricatured. In addition to an overview of the workings of European institutions, what interests Antoine Raimbault are above all questions of justice and democracy. And the importance of checks and balances, to preserve the rule of law for private interests. A salutary reminder on the eve of the European election.

» READ THE REVIEW: “A matter of principle”: José Bové as the hero of a European political thriller

♦ A little something extra **

d’Artus

French film, 1h39

Two broken-arm robbers – Paulo, played by the comedian Artus, who directed the film, and the second, La Fraise, played by Clovis Cornillac – parked their car in a “handicapped” place while they attacked a jewelry store. Lacking a vehicle on their return and to escape the police, the two bandits find themselves, through a misunderstanding, boarding a bus with adults with mental disabilities on their way to a stay in the Pyrenees. Paulo poses as Sylvain, a boarder, La Fraise, as his educator. What follows is a series of misadventures for the two bandits, after which their gaze ends up opening to these vacationers who are not quite like the others and their “little extra things” of outspokenness and enthusiasm.

» READ THE REVIEW: “A little something extra”: three reasons to go see Artus’ new comedy at the cinema

♦ To the end of the world *

by Viggo Mortensen

American film, 2:09 a.m.

Staying on her isolated farm in Nevada while her husband runs across the plains to fight in the Civil War, Vivienne Le Coudy, a strong and independent woman of Canadian origin, faces the local bullies alone, including a landowner and his son. The cycle of male violence can thus resume its rights and will no longer stop. For his second as director, Viggo Mortensen takes the model of the western, which he attempts to update by giving it a feminist and romantic tone. But quite quickly, the romantic drama gives way to the revenge film and falls back into the clichés of the genre.

» READ THE REVIEW: “To the End of the World”, a sentimental and languid neo-western

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