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ENG/CINE- Ida and American Hustle

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What’s up in French theaters ?

Well, we are in the midst of pre Oscar season releases. Gravity, The Wolf, Philomena, Dallas Buyers Club, Osage County, American Hustle, we’ll basically have them all by the Academy Awards ceremony.

So far, I’ve only managed to catch The Wolf and American Hustle.

The Wolf , produced by Di Caprio and Scorsese, is a 2h45 film about the crazy, life and decadence of Jordan Belfort, a former trader arrested by the FBI. Lots of crazy party scenes, off limits office life scenes, excellent acting, excellent dialogues. Worth the money. Sadly enough, French award winner Dujardin ( The Artist)  ends up disappointing. His lousy English pronunciation ruins it all. It’s somehow pathetic to see him facing the imperial Di Caprio.

American Hustle is good fun to watch, excellent performances by a stellar cast that include Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner, Brad Cooper , J Law and Amy Adams. Impossible not to think about pre Botox Nicole Kidman while watching Amy Adams in her curly long hair. However, the performances are so brilliant technically , they may result in a certain lack of emotion. Precisely the kind of excitement that makes a difference when you target an Academy Award…


I’ve also noticed a beautiful and mysterious Polish film titled « Ida« . The film is to be released on Feb 12 in France. Directed by Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski, the images are just beautiful (makes you think of some arty photographer like Cartier Bresson) and the trailer looks promising. The film won a series of prizes around the world, for its story of a Jewish nun in the 60ies ‘Poland.




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