In the shadow of girls, In Chiara, Fantastic Beasts 3… Films to see or avoid this week

A countertenor blackmails prisoners in prison, a young girl discovers that her father is a drug trafficker, the sequel to the saga inspired by the Harry Potter universe… What should we see this week? Discover the cinema selection of Figaro.

In the Shadow of Girls – To have

Dramatic comedy by Étienne Comar, 1h46

Let there be no mistake, In the shadow of girls has absolutely nothing to do with the work of Marcel Proust. The girls in question are not in bloom. On the other hand, they are well in the shade. And some for a long time. For Luc Jardon (Alex Lutz), an opera singer who has agreed to lead singing workshops in prison, the visit begins with an identity check. Badge, personal business, everything goes… Luc, a famous opera singer, does not take long to understand where he has set foot. This broken countertenor seems well isolated and almost defenseless against the six volunteers of his choir in detention. The six prisoners who follow his course will put him to the test. Why the hell did he put himself through this? In the shadow of girls is a touching, sensitive, sharp film, which confines itself to daily prison life to better illustrate this metaphor of the great escape through song. O.D.

To Chiara – To have

Drame de Jonas Carpignano, 2h01

It’s his age. She giggles, she dances, goes on Instagram. In short, she is 15 years old. Chiara doesn’t know it, but she’s not like the others. This discovery will be made gradually, first during a long birthday banquet where her father refuses to give a speech, too preoccupied for that. In this small town in Calabria, the N’drangheta underpins the reports. It is not natural to see the family car exploding in the street in the middle of the night. Chiara, who had heard her mother and father discussing feverishly, wonders why he suddenly disappeared. Mom acts like everything is normal. Chiara will understand later. Learning from an alert on his cell phone that his father is a drug dealer lets you grow in a nutshell. Not sure if it was a gift. Jonas Carpignano portrays a young girl discovering that her father is a drug dealer. And signs a film on the mafia while insisting on its banality. E.N.

Revenge of the Glitter Shrimp – To have

Comedy by Cédric Le Gallo and Maxime Govare, 1h53

In May 2019, Maxime Govare and Cédric Le Gallo created the event with their Sequined Shrimp, a gay water polo team competing for the Gay Games, the most important homosexual sporting event in the world. Mathias, vice-world swimming champion and homophobic, was forced to train this funny band. Led with a bang, their story celebrated friendship and advocated tolerance. Embarked for a competition bound for Tokyo, the Shrimps find themselves in Russia, where “breaking gay” is a national sport. In 2013, Russia launched a law against homosexual “propaganda” among minors, the LGBT community (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender) is frowned upon there. The second part on this gay water polo team which denounces homophobia in Russia is more serious than the previous one. But don’t lack humor. N.S.

The stadium

Documentary by Mathieu Vollaire and Éric Hannezo, 1 h 47

Stade Toulousain let a camera into its locker room during the 2020-2021 season. A glorious epic (champion of Europe and France) retraced as closely as possible to the martyred bodies, in black and white to purify the harshness of the shocks. Initiated or not in rugby, one vibrates with the speeches which precede the battles. An unprecedented dive into a harsh and fraternal world, with its dramas and deliverances. D.R

Let’s go children – You can see

Documentary by Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai, 1h50

The legs yes, but the head? This is the question ofLet’s go children, by Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai who know dance inside out. This time, it is the urban dances that they put in the viewfinder. Precisely this enlightened initiative of the Lycée Turgot in Paris which challenged itself to open a hip-hop section. The calculation is simple: get out of the spiral of school failure for fans of this type of dance. Coming from the difficult suburbs, here they are released in this high school in the Marais. The Turgot high school section will compete for the French championships. Two other people will put the little troop to work. David Bérillon, PE teacher and hip-hop dancer, behind the creation of the section and Turgot’s psychologist. The attention given to everyone is exemplary and it gives all the salt to this film of a singular humanity, all its fragility too. Because the students of this class compose the characters of this documentary. A.B.

Fantastic Beasts 3 – You can see

Fantastic by David Yates, 2h22

In 2016, the first of the five planned films of the saga Fantastic Beasts had worthily rekindled the fire under the magic cauldron of the creator of Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling. Six years later, the third is no match for the previous ones. As a reminder, the series Fantastic Beastsfeatures the “magizoologist” Norbert Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). Hero traveler, this former Hogwarts student carries a world of strange and exuberant creatures in the false bottom of his suitcase. The first film had taken advantage of the New York skyscrapers of the “Roaring Twenties”. The second, set in Paris in 1927, brought out the evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald in the guise of Johnny Depp. His spectacular escape hinted at dark designs for the wizarding world. The plot of Dumbledore’s Secrets begins at this time. This time, the film centers around the re-election of the supreme leader of wizards. Connoisseur of the universe of Harry Potterdirector David Yates signs a flamboyant blockbuster, which resonates strangely with the French presidential election. O.D.

Under the wing of angels – You can see

Drame d’A. J. Edwards, 1h34

The first film by AJ Edwards, a disciple of Terrence Malick, tells the story of Abraham Lincoln’s youth. From the first images of Under the wing of angels, filmed in black and white, we feel the intact power of the elements, as well as the simplicity of an elegiac and contemplative narrative in the heart of Tom Sawyer’s America. Children run in the high wheat fields or throw themselves into the water, laughing. Ax in hand, the father (Jason Clarke) is rough as bark. Quiet and proud. The mother is sweet as spring water. Loving and warm. This family of pioneers has just settled in Little Pigeon Creek, in Perry County, Indiana. We are in 1817. The poetry of the images, which one would believe supported by the Pastoral Symphony by Beethoven, is matched only by the harshness of the three years of Abraham Lincoln’s childhood told in this rare, curious and original feature film. O.D.

And there was a morning – You can see

Drame d’Eran Kolirin, 1 h 41

The army is blocking the road. Sami, a resident of Jerusalem, is stuck in his native village with his wife. This camera, adapted from a novel by Sayed Kashua, depicts the deterioration of relations in a traditional Israeli Arab family. The characters talk to each other without really looking at each other. If the backdrop accurately restores the situation of this community (20% of the population) stuck between two identities, the film really lacks vitality. B.P.

The last piano –You can see

Drame de Jimmy Keyrouz, 1 h 50

Akram is a pianist. Islamists ban music. Stupid bearded men smash his instrument. He goes looking for the parts. On an original soundtrack by Gabriel Yared, we follow the wanderings, as absurd as they are courageous, of this 30-year-old through Syria demolished by bombs. The pathos is also part of the journey. Fortunately, the quality of the cast and the efficiency of the screenplay attenuate it. And allow the viewer to be seized by emotion. B.P.

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