Saturday , July 24 2021

Tom Cruise in messiah, russian emergencies and gay football: our cinema selection

Every Wednesday in "La Matinale", critics of the "World" present the best movies to discover on the big screen.


In the hollow of summer, Tom Cruise reigns alone on the multiplexes. If the star has recently experienced some mishaps at the box office, the first results of M: I 6 in the United States bode well for an almost complete hegemony on ticket sales in France, where the film was partly shot. Fortunately, there are other releases, a light, diverse and exotic menu: Germanic and gay sentimental drama in football circles, Taiwanese animation autofiction, and Russian and alcoholic variation on the theme of Emergencies.

«Mission: Impossible – Fallout»: Tom Cruise, messianic stuntman

To cross the streets of Paris in the opposite direction, to be parachuted on the glbad roof of the Grand Palais, to jump from roof to roof to win the Tate Modern from the Saint cathedral -Paul, hit the slopes of Kashmir at the controls of a helicopter in flames, the life of Ethan Hunt seems full of unforeseen. Let's think about it when we see the sixth film inspired by the television series Mission: Impossible . A cartel of high-flying criminals wants to explode three nuclear charges, only Ethan Hunt can prevent the commission of this package. What's more routine? It has been almost twenty years since the leader of the force Mission: Impossible republished this feat, as his ex-wife, the always devoted Julia (Michelle Monaghan), reminds us.

And if every two or three years, we grant two hours or more at Ethan Hunt, it's not for the surprise. It is for the pleasure of seeing familiar landscapes transformed into a battlefield (and this time the director Christopher McQuarrie performs this task with sobriety and efficiency worthy of praise) and especially to note that the time concluded a demonic pact with Tom Cruise. At 56, this one is not interested much more in the intimate springs of his character, devoting himself entirely to the cascades (which one which, in London, broke his ankle). By paying for himself, Tom Cruise makes believe that the world can sleep peacefully, safe from bad people, and especially that the spectators can grow old without regret, since the star shows them on the screen that the eternal youth is an infinite series of sufferings. Thomas Sotinel

American film by Christopher McQuarrie. With Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Baldwin Alec, Angela Bbadett (2:27).

"Arrhythmia": Emergencies, vodka and market law

Nothing like a small supply of prejudices to appreciate a film. Especially if it upsets them. Its abstruse title, its paroxysmal display (a couple embraces itself twice) and its Russian nationality suggest a dive into the torment of the war between men and women. From the first sequence, the title is immediately explained: an old cantankerous lady whose heart does not keep the tempo tries to convince a nurse with the eyes of the patient (Nikolai Shraiber) and a young doctor with cherubs curls, that they have the duty to hospitalize her. The cherub, in fact an imp, multiplies the tricks to keep her at home. Oleg (Alexander Yatsenko) roams the streets of a big city far from Moscow and climbs the stairs to look after patients at home or bring them alive to the hospital. In short, Arrhythmia is a big episode of the series Emergencies, with more vodka and fewer firearms.

Inviting a new emergency officer to do applying the rules of "health system reform", based on quantified productivity targets, Arrhythmia details the accommodations with medical ethics that require the perpetual large gap between inherited bureaucratic traditions previous regimes and the necessities of profitability. The director intertwines this story of an episode of learning liberalism with that of the disintegration of a young couple. Whenever the film threatens to pour in the dark, the director injects a few cubic centimeters of absurd or burlesque

Russian film Boris Khlebnikov, with Alexander Yatsenko, Irina Gorbatcheva, Nikolai Shraiber (1 h 56).

"Mario": offside for homobaduality

"Be straight and shut up" is the masculine version of "be beautiful and be quiet" in the middle of high-level men's football. Mario by Marcel Gisler, opens a chapter on the taboo issue of homobaduality in the field, and in the locker room. The film tells the impossible love between Mario (Max Hubacher) and Leon (Aaron Altaras), two promising players who play in the same club, FC Sankt Pauli, based in Hamburg. The film was shot in this club known for its openness to equal rights and baduality. Well documented, the scenario points two enemies on the map of Tendre: the latent homophobia within the team, and the stake of the rating of the players, with sponsors desperate to make a homo for a hetero.

Mario explores this burial of identity and this accommodation to the negation of oneself. Mario's character is pragmatic. Any lover he is, he wants to make up the reality in the hope of crossing the barriers that stand one after the other in front of him, while Leon would be willing to sacrifice his career to live his idyll. The romanticism of one faces a certain coldness of the other. Crash badured … Even at the peak of his glory, Mario seems tiny and lost in the middle of the huge field, which nevertheless sounds acclaim of the public. The film manages to touch us with a universal feeling: loneliness. Clarisse Fabre

Mario, Swiss film of Marcel Gisler, with Max Hubacher, Aaron Altaras and Jessy Moravec (1:59).

"Happiness Road": the history of Taiwan told to children (and adults)

If Happiness Road was a cup of ice, it would be without hesitation a strawberry melba. Forced pink, creamy, refreshing and sweet. Such is, totally badumed, the aesthetics of the first animated feature film by Taiwanese director Hsin-yin Sung. The film's heroine Lin Su-chi, a 43-year-old woman who moved to the United States, joins the story with a great H. She is back in Taiwan when she comes to lose his beloved grandmother. A true matriarch, of aboriginal origin, the grandmother also had the reputation of being a "savage" in the eyes of society, because of her customs.

Returning to her neighborhood of Happiness Road, Lin Su-chi is crossed by his memories and his doubts. It was born on the day of the death of Chiang Kai-shek (April 5, 1975), who had established a dictatorship on the island since 1949, after being defeated in Mainland China by Mao Zedong. A little girl, then a teenager, she lived through the years of transition to democracy. At school, she was forced to speak Mandarin while she spoke Taiwanese with her friends and family. The heroine feels a little "banana split", cut in half like banana between her roots and her American life, which turns out not to be quite a dream. It is a whole world that is sketched, with a falsely naive line. Cl. F.

Happiness Road, Taiwanese animated film by Hsin Yin Sung (1 hr 51).

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