A haunting investigation into a feminicide, the derided superhero of Norse mythology, Woody Allen’s testamentary film… What should we see this week? Discover the cinema selection of Figaro.
The Night of 12 – A must see
Policeman by Dominik Moll, 1h55
Alone at night, Yohan pedals on the track of a velodrome, his head in the handlebars. He goes rounds. This is the first image of The Night of 12 . A perfect metaphor. An infernal and endless loop. Like the investigation into the assassination of Clara, a young girl doused in gasoline and burned alive by a hooded man as she was returning home to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne. She haunts this cop from the Grenoble judicial police. Dominik Moll and his co-screenwriter, Gilles Marchand, have selected one story among others in Pauline Guéna’s book 18.3. A year at PJ (Éditions Denoël), story of twelve months immersed in the Versailles police services. And masterfully stage a PJ investigation into a feminicide. E.S.
Rifkin’s Festival – Have
Comedy by Woody Allen, 1h32
Woody Allen has the blues. In an interview with Alec Baldwin, broadcast on the actor’s Instagram account of Blue Jasmine Tuesday, June 28, the New York filmmaker expressed his weariness. More desire. More juice. He is planning a final shoot in Paris, already surveyed in Everybody says I love you et Midnight in Paris. Death Rifkin, the hero of Rifkin’s Festival seems to announce it: “Boulevard Saint-Michel in the rain, this is a landscape that I would like.” It would be the 50e feature film by the director, now 86 years old. Mort Rifkin is an unflattering alter ego. A former film professor and failed writer, he is played by Wallace Shawn. Mort accompanies his wife, Sue (Gina Gershon), to the San Sebastian Festival. She is the press officer of Philippe, a young French director (Louis Garrel, the perfect arrogant fop), and Mort suspects her of having a crush on his client. One more reason for the jealous husband to denigrate this committed filmmaker. An opportunity for Allen to prove that the years have not damaged his sense of derision. E.S.
Thor : Love and Thunder – You can see
Superhero film by Taika Waititi, 2h13
This fourth film resolutely digs the furrow of self-mockery, adding a subversive touch. And that’s probably what makes it so charming. In Love and thunder, poor Thor (aka Chris Hemsworth, who delivers a solid performance) suffers the worst humiliations. Immortal, invincible character, Thor came back from everything. Taika Waititi first pits him against his ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman, jubilant in the role). She embodies a feminine Thor resplendent with mastered power, who steals her oh so symbolic hammer. And then there’s Christian Bale, who plays a godslayer gone on a crusade. He too has fashioned himself a villain character full of contradictions, powerful but so sad! Finally, to make matters worse, the film features Zeus, the god of gods, played by Russell Crowe. Bellied under his golden ex-Gladiator cuirass, Crowe cheerfully laughs at himself, and at all this circus. The film is in his image, clever and crafty, and yet so tired of having to carry the world on his shoulders. O.D.
Nights of Mashhad – To avoid
Film noir by Ali Abbasi, 1h57
In Nights of Mashhad, Zar Amir Ebrahimi plays Rahimi, a journalist from Tehran who investigates a series of murders of prostitutes in the holy city of Mashhad. While the local and male, political and religious authorities do not move heaven and earth to solve the case, the young woman traces the trail of the killer. Ali Abbasi is inspired by the true story of Saeed Hanaei, a serial killer who murdered 16 prostitutes in Mashhad in the early 2000s, before being arrested and tried. Although the director denies it, Nights of Mashhad is indeed a serial-killer film. It doesn’t add much to the genre. It is even much lower than the jewels that are, for example, The Boston Strangleret The Strangler of Rillington Squareboth signed Richard Fleischer at the end of the 1960s, with a much more original staging. E.S.