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On May 14th, 1643, Louis XIII died, leaving his five-year-old son Louis XIV on the throne. Louis XIV, also popularly known as the Sun King (5 September 1638–1 September 1715) was the King of France and King of Navarre from 14 May 1643 until his death. He was a king for 72 years, the longest recorded rule of any European monarch, and is often seen as the typical example of absolutism.

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Teacher and student face each other, woman and man. Between them: heat, an insurmountable wall. The wall prevents them from climbing across and sucking out the other’s blood. Teacher and student are seething with love and a comprehensible desire for more love.

'The Piano Teacher' by Elfriede Jelinek

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Favorite french films → LES PETITS MOUCHOIRS

"C’est quoi être ami? C’est laisser votre pote tout seul à l’hosto pendant quinze jours parce que vos vacances et votre petit confort c’est plus important?"

ça va?

prior to making what is sure to be one of the most attractive babies ever conceived together, marion cotillard and guillaume canet made little white lies (les petits mouchoirs – check out the trailer here): a film in where the commonstance french greeting, ça va? [how are you?/how’s it going?], is uttered countless times, but rarely ever with sincerity or genuine concern. or so the film suggests.

after a headspinning opening featuring party animal ludo [jean dujardin] takin’ more than just women’s names, the film shifts focus to his group of close friends, who must decide whether they can take their bougie summer vacation in his absence. the group, headed by french-dustin-hoffman max [françois cluzet], a neurotically hinged hospo man, do not see a second complication arising when french-jeremy-renner vincent [benoît magimel] privately – and riotously awkwardly – confronts max with his own deep attraction toward him.

once on its way into the sunshine-soaked southern france setting for their vacation, little white lies progresses like a symphony of little arcs at turns hilarious, heartfelt, and true; each folding a new crease into its 2½ hours of ensemble delight. forget the common criticism of the film’s laborious length when it’s this entertaining; and forget the uneasy feeling you’ll have (or at least i did) near the start that the characters will border on caricature. as it progresses, all the quirks and neuroses of this oddball pseudo-family develop excellently into emotionally resonant endgames.

in a slew of wonderful performances really running the tonal gamut, it’s magimel and cotillard (as ludo’s once-girl, marie) who stand out with graceful turns full of empathy and restraint. but it becomes obvious, particularly toward the end, that lesser known joël dupuch as jean-louis is the film’s big, thumping heart – and in the end it is Heart, capital H, with which little white lies is so abundant.

les petits mouchoirs was seen at melbourne’s alliance française french film festival, which runs through til march 27.

Mon pote

Dimanche soir il fait chaud, petit tour itunes pour louer des films.

Le choix s’arrête sur Mon Pote. 3,99 €, la ruine n’est à priori pas au RDV.

ET BIEN SI !!! Meme fan de Baer, il est mauvais, et les autres n’en parlons pas c’est nul nul nul. Les acteurs jouent aussi bien que Britney Spear chante. La palme du mauvais jeu est surement pour Diane Bonnot…

Dommage à chier 

Film de :

Marc Esposito

Acteurs:

Édouard Baer

Benoit Magimel