TV program: “West Side Story”, “A hero” … Movies to see and avoid this week


Back to the future

Monday, October 3, 9:15 p.m., TMC

Name of Zeus, there have been more broadcasts of this film on television than years on the counter of the Doloréan to travel in time, but we never get tired of it. And if Robert Zemeckis, the director, wanted to pay homage to the America of the 1950s, there is a good chance that the spectator will be, above all, nostalgic for his own adolescence, whatever the time when this one took place, as the adventures of Marty McFly remind us all of our youth.

OSS 117: Cairo Nest of Spies

Wednesday 5 October, 9 p.m., Paris Première

Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath is a French secret service agent. His registration number: OSS 117. Machist, racist, sure of himself, he swears by René Coty… and manages the feat of being endearing despite everything. Sent to Egypt in search of his missing teammate, he will have to collaborate with Larmina, an Egyptian agent played by Bérénice Béjo. Rhythmic, absurd and far from “politically correct”: the genius of Michel Hazanavicius on screen.

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Bone Collector

Thursday, October 6, 9:05 p.m., Honey 25

A young New York police officer (Angelina Jolie) is put by chance on the trail of a mysterious serial killer and will have to rely on the help of a renowned criminologist (Denzel Washington), bedridden by an accident. This face-to-face between the cop with a very direct style and the overhanging intellectual gives birth to an effective and classic thriller, which has certainly aged but retains a certain very nineties.

A hero

Thursday, October 6, 8:58 p.m., Canal + Cinéma

Rahim, an ordinary man, languishes in prison for having incurred debts. This “hero” who is not heroic intends to take advantage of a leave to reimburse part of the sum claimed and thus escape his sad fate. A bag full of gold coins opportunely “found” by his companion will allow him, he thinks, to achieve his ends. Lying, manipulation, arrangements with probity, interchangeable reputations on social networks… Around these universal themes that he places in the context ofIran of today, Asghar Farhadi signs an incisive moral fable as inspired in its diabolically precise screenplay as in its constantly inventive staging.

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West Side Story

Tuesday, October 4, 9:12 p.m., Canal

Never short of new projects, Spielberg is launching an improbable challenge on paper by signing a new version of a great American musical classic: West Side Story. In 1961, Robert Wise had triumphed with the first adaptation for the big screen of the lyrical drama by Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins and Stephen Sondheim created in 1957 on Broadway and itself inspired by the indestructible Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare. What is mainly striking when discovering today’s film is… the timelessness and modernity of the musical and the 1961 film to which the 2021 version, on the “substance”, remains altogether faithful. Even if the Spielberg/Kushner duo zooms in with more vigor than the initial authors on the social context of the 1950s in New York and on the destruction of certain working-class neighborhoods, the observations remain the same and today’s film, as its models, X-rays with a salutary height of view the damage caused by racism, by the infernal spiral of communitarianism and by the obsession with identity.

Welcome to Gattaca

Friday October 7, 9 p.m., France 5

In the near future, where it is possible to select the genotype of children so that they have the least defects, Vincent Freeman is something of an anomaly – he was born naturally – and therefore confined to low-paying jobs. . An identity swap with a famous swimming champion who has become disabled may allow him to realize his dream: to become an astronaut. A cerebral and futuristic thriller, which has since become a classic, which makes evolve lonely and broken characters in a cold and sanitized world and tackles at the turn of the millennium universal themes, such as identity, the dream, the desire to be other than self. Do not miss.

The Tattooed

Tuesday, October 4, 9 p.m., Paris Première

masterpiece of French comedy, the tattooed by Denys de La Patellière features the two sacred monsters that are Louis de Funès and Jean Gabin. The first embodies an art dealer named Mézeray who wants to buy Modigliani’s tattoo that the second, a former legionnaire named Legrain, has on his back. There follows a whole series of adventures during which the spectator finds, hilarious, a Louis de Funès ready to do anything, even to restore the castle of the soldier, to monopolize the coveted work. Between the magnificent natural settings of Périgord and the complicit bond that is created between the actors, the tattooed definitely needs to be reviewed.

Absolutely avoid

The women of the 6th floor

Tuesday, October 5, 8:55 p.m., Arte

In the Paris of the 1960s, a bourgeois from the sixteenth arrondissement becomes friends with the women, good for everything, of Spanish origin, who live on the sixth floor of the building where he lives. Well received on its theatrical release, this feature film by Philippe Le Guay is not his best. By dint of wanting to be bittersweet, the film ends up being gently boring, without arousing either laughter or emotion, painless. From the director, unequal, we will clearly prefer the terrible three eight Where Alceste in bycicle.

The French Dispatch

Friday, October 7, 8:58 p.m., Canal + Cinema

France seen by the Americans, eternally frozen in formaldehyde since the sixties, with its 2 CVs, its rebellious students and its mad painters. Add to that the Wes Anderson touch, that is to say convoluted stories with characters who align the particularities and actors who unroll their machine-gun flow text and you will have The French Dispatch. Certainly, there is no shortage of tributes, in particular to Jacques Tati, the Anglo-Saxons’ favorite postcard filmmaker. Too bad that the subject, him, is to the absent subscribers. Making a nice film where each shot shines with its perfect geometry – one of Wes Anderson’s obsessions – and where the camera moves constantly is unfortunately not enough to save the viewer from boredom.

TV program: “West Side Story”, “A hero” … Movies to see and avoid this week