Le Ciel rouge, Toni en famille, Anti-Squat… Films to see or avoid this week

Two artists reunited in a holiday home, a mother wishing to live for herself and a committed futurist thriller… Discover the film selection of the Figaro.

Anti Squat – To have

Drama by Nicolas Silhol, 1h35

After Corporatethe new film by Nicolas Silhol, Anti Squat, takes the form of a social thriller plunging Louise Bourgoin into a spine-chilling plot. Ex-real estate agent who risks eviction, Inès Viviani is a desperate single mother, who watches over a 14-year-old teenager. She becomes resident manager at Anti-Squat, a private company that maintains empty office buildings by installing temporary residents there subject to strict rules… The very current plot borders on dystopia and recalls in many ways the formidable cinema of Alain Jessua (Dogs, Paradise for all…). By opting for a clinical staging, anchored in a white, cold, glazed decorum, invaded by a wild nature that is reclaiming its rights, this committed, exciting, but uncomfortable futuristic thriller allows Louise Bourgoin to impose an alternating game on envy concern, gentleness and firmness. She looks perfectly at ease there. OD

The Red Sky – To have

Drama by Christian Petzold, 1h42

The Mercedes are no longer what they were: the two heroes break down in the middle of the forest. It’s the tile. They are lost. There is no network. They walk among the trees, their luggage on their backs. Between them, friction arises. Fortunately, they end up finding the house where they must stay. Leon has a novel to finish. Félix has to submit a series of photos for a Fine Arts competition. It’s summer. Christian Petzold, whose last productions had been a little disappointing, recounts the pangs of creation, the torments of jealousy, the dangers of global warming. He does it like a rough, Teutonic Rohmer. Romanticism is a German invention. It’s like a plaintive yet sunny song. The film swims in this sulky misanthropy, floats in innuendo, gives off an air of its own, intelligent and polished. Petzold’s camera never stalls. As for love, it is written in Gothic letters. All the rest is literature, that is to say cinema. IN

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The Lonely Castle in the Mirror – To have

Animation by Keiichi Hara, 1h56

For some time now, Kokoro hasn’t been to school. She is targeted by a girl in her cl. Now, as soon as she sets foot in college, stomach aches torture her. One day, her mirror starts to shine. She touches the object and pes into another world. Perched on a cliff, a marvelous castle welcomes her and six other children. A young girl with a wolf head mask dictates the rules of the place. You can only get there between nine and five o’clock – school hours. If they find a key hidden in the building, one of them can make a wish. The seven teenagers drop the wish, spend their days together in the wonderful place. All have the common point of being out of school because of bullying, they don’t know it yet. Keiichi Hara’s storyline is a bit tangled in places. He draws a lot of inspiration from the magical realism of Your Name, another sublime animated film from Japanese Makoto Shinkai. We forgive the film its few flaws. We fall in love with the characters and the bittersweet ending brings tears to our eyes. EP

Tony with family – To have

Drama by Nathan Ambrosioni, 1h36

From the first sequence, where Toni (excellent Camille Cottin) waits for her five children to come and pile into the car after school leaves, we understand that this joyful family comedy will take renewed narrative paths, far from the somewhat formatted successes that followed the triumph of What have we done to God?. Kidnapped, touching, funny, the second film by young Nathan Ambrosioni (after paper flags, in 2018) focuses above all on painting the subtle portrait of a mother, former winner of the “Star Ac'” who, after giving herself body and soul to her offspring, realizes that she has forgot to live for itself. As her two eldest prepare to leave the nest, Tony with family follows the emancipation of this single mother, who takes back the course of her life. The film is choreographed like a wild and exhilarating ballet, from which we come out with a big smile! OD

The Temple Wood Gang – You can see

Thriller by Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche, 1h54

But what an idea to brag at the local café. And then, you don’t rob an Emirati prince without reprisals… Baby, the nickname of a friendly quadra, and his gang thought they were doing the trick of the century by seizing the highness’ van on the highway. Bad pick. With this robbery story that comes to an end, director Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche takes gangster films upside down. Above all, he does not seek to make these small-time thugs, fake bad guys and real chatterboxes, impressive. Filmed with the meticulousness of a documentary filmmaker, the social environment where they hatched, the suburbs, is entitled to more consideration. The beautiful shots on the building bars that break the horizon follow one another. Problem, this contemplative, naturalist look, only offers a distant echo to the plot which ends, like the lads on the screen, by lacking nerve and relief. BP

Visions – To avoid

Thriller by Yann Gozlan, 2h03

She is an airline pilot. He is a surgeon. Their schedules rarely overlap. They are often alone in their house perched on the heights of Toulon. At the airport, the heroine met a former lover with whom she had a torrid pion. Ana is a photographer, therefore an artist, that is to say capricious. In fact, she lives in the house that Estelle saw in her dream. Gozlan rolls out the full horror thriller arsenal. Diane Kruger is feverish, insomniac. She has Vertigo’s bun, but the movie looks more like a bad remake of No spring for Marnie, one of the least defensible Hitchs, with flashbacks, false leads, big suspicions underlined in black marker. It feels poisonous. It is only poisoning. IN

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