Overview of what is coming to the bill this week in French-speaking Switzerland.
“The Last Duel”, by Ridley Scott
By staging a rape case that ends in a legal duel, Ridley Scott comes close to the masterpiece. We have concocted a little capsule “On s’mate quoi” to tell you about this medieval tale, more fashionable than ever. Rating: *****
“Eiffel”, by Martin Bourboulon
The first biopic on the famous engineer, “Eiffel” retraces the fascinating construction of the Tower, wrapping it in a romantic story. Read our review of the film, as well as the interview with lead actress Emma Mackey. Note: ***
“Julie (in 12 chapters”, by Joaquim Trier
“Julie (in 12 chapters)” is one of the films that was the most acclaimed by critics at the last Cannes Film Festival, and Norwegian actress Renate Reinsve (whose resemblance to Dakota Johnson is disturbing!), Had left with the price of interpretation. Twelve chapters, therefore, with a prologue and an epilogue, to tell Julie (which punctuates Julie’s life) and her life in her thirties: her loves, her sorrows, her freedoms. There is a little Woody Allen atmosphere in this joyful, dynamic, always moving tale. We fell in love with the chapter where a daydream passes where time has stood still. Rating: ****
“The man in the cellar”, by Philippe Le Guay
A Jewish couple (Jérémie Renier and Bérénice Bejo) sell their cellar to a former history teacher (François Cluzet) who begins to live there. His installation disturbs as much as his anti-Semitic and negationist ideas, but no way to get rid of him. “The Man in the Cellar” shows the exponential freaking out of an initially happy couple and the ambiguity of a character, but misses its subject. Note: **
«Atlas», by Niccolo Castelli
After opening the Solothurn Days last January, the fiction by Ticino Niccolo Castelli is also released in theaters. We follow Allegra, a rock climbing enthusiast who is trying to recover from a terrorist attack in which she survived, but which claimed the lives of her friends. An intense drama, in which lead actress Matilda De Angelis (seen in “The Undoing” with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, and “The Incredible Story of Rose Island” on Netflix) radiates. Note: ***.
«The Addams Family 2», de Conrad Vernon
The Addams children have grown up and spend their time alone, their eyes riveted on their screens. To reconnect, Morticia and Gomez take the whole gang in their haunted motorhome for a family vacation across the United States … Not seen.
“The wolf and the lion”, by Gilles de Maistre
After the success of the family film “Mia and the White Lion”, the French director Gilles de Maistre wanted to find his team around a new project. In “The Wolf and the Lion”, Alma, a young 20-year-old pianist, returns to his childhood home, lost on a desert island in Canada. Everything changes when a wolf cub and a lion cub in distress appear in his life. Not seen.
«Football Inside», de Michele Carigliano
This documentary by Swiss director Michele Cirigliano penetrates the heart of football culture by making the locker room the central scene of the film. To see at Zinema (Lausanne), CDD (Geneva) and Minimum (Neuchâtel).
«Careless Crime», de Shahram Mokri
Forty years after the burning of the Rex cinema in Abadan which, in the midst of the Iranian revolution which led to the fall of the shah, claimed 478 victims, four individuals want to set fire to a cinema in present-day Iran… Not seen.
The Jewish Film Festival (GIJFF) starts this Wednesday, October 13, 2021 in Geneva, for a period of eight days. The very good film “Persian Lessons”, by Vadim Perelman, with Nahuel Pérez Biscayart and Lars Eidinger, will open at the Cinerama Empire.