THE MORNING LIST
Whether we are very consciously preparing for the end of the world, whether we are contributing to it through unconsciousness and hypocrisy or whether radioactive monsters are responsible for putting an end to the Anthropocene, the series of the week are as comforting as the prophet Philippulus, in The Mysterious Star. Everything has to go very badly for us to be comforted by the story of a family tragedy.
“Everything is fine”: a tribe struck by illness
Between the north of bohemian Paris and the literary Left Bank, Everything is fine moves into territory conquered by French cinema, the one we love to vilify so much. The cast − Virginie Efira, Sara Giraudeau, Aliocha Schneider − and the directors summoned − Eric Rochant, Xavier Legrand, Audrey Estrougo − further accentuate this impression. Camille de Castelnau, who designed Everything is fine, does not intend to stay on the beaten track. She uses this familiarity to strike the imagination even harder, to shake the affects more violently. In the tribe she has embled, from the matriarch (Nicole Garcia) who gives the whole world the recipe for happiness while making her family’s lives hell, to the youngest, a touching donjuanesque steward (Aliocha Schneider), the creator makes enter pain, in the form of leukemia which strikes a child.
The clinical examination (life at the Robert-Debré hospital, the intimacies which explode under the shock) finds a dignified and graceful arrangement with the melodrama. For this, we need the strength and discretion of the directors who succeed one another behind the camera (to whose list we must add Cathy Verney, who directed Vernon Subutex) and the cohesion of a troop from which emerges a pair of sisters. Virginie Efira plays the aunt who finds in her niece’s illness and the help she can provide her a kind of refuge, while Sara Giraudeau is overwhelming as a mother who struggles to keep her head above water. T.S.
Series created by Camille de Castelnau. With Virginie Efira, Sara Giraudeau, Nicole Garcia, Aliocha Schneider, Mehdi Nebbou (France, 2023, 8 x 52 min). In full on Disney + from November 15.
“A Murder at the End of the World”: false thriller and true romance
Seven years ago, Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij delivered with The O.A. a dreamlike science fiction matinee meditation on life after death, often compared to a Stranger Things for a more adult audience. Canceled after two seasons, The O.A. left fans inconsolable, as the availability of the miniseries A Murder at the End of the World, on Disney +, should delight. The end of the world and of humanity terrifies Andy (Clive Owen), a billionaire who brings together a handful of personalities – filmmaker, astronaut, visual artist, engineer, etc. – in an isolated hotel in Iceland to present them with cutting-edge innovations: robots capable of carrying out all tasks in all conditions, and above all extremely sophisticated artificial intelligence, embodied in a hologram called “Ray”.
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