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Caramel (2014-08-23)
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Tokyo – The city of glass

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A powerful tale of madness in Tokyo that explores the nature of sex and love!

“Toru, document.write(“”); a graduate student who runs a bar in Shinjuku Ni-chome, Tokyo’s gay district, meets Yong, a Korean man, and he falls in love. This seemingly ordinary event is somehow linked to a 20-year-old homicide case, and Confession of a Mask by Yukio Mishima is the key connecting them. Toru’s life takes an expected turn when a detective begins investigating two people whom Toru knows, Haruko Agaki, his old university professor, and Yusuke Honma, the lover ofthe victim in the 20-year-old murder. There are skeletons in someone’s closet.”

(Text from the Festival’s program)


This movie is quite interesting because movies rarely talks about the Japanese gay scene — unless they want to make a parody of it. Unfortunately, the storytelling is VERY confusing. There are lots of flashbacks and, for a while, it looks like there is two parallel stories, but they finally meet — very clumsily — in the end. However you eventually get what the story is about. It’s a movie about love, dream, hope, and obsessive narcissism.

Also there is a lot of shonen love in this movie. Way too much or at least more than it is necessary to convey what the movie is about (and many people left the theatre at the first graphic and realistic gay sex scene; Those can be a real turn off for most prudish viewers and, lets be frank here, there are lots of those).

Despite these caveat this is nevertheless a good and enjoyable movie if you are interested in Japanese popular and underground culture.

You can also find an interesting video on Youtube showing the red carpet entrance & presentation of the production team, as well as interviews (all in Japanese unfortunately).
Tokyo: The city of glass (???????????? / Tôkyô: Koko wa Glass no Machi): Japan, 2014, 110 min.; Dir.: Kazuhiro Teranishi; Scr.: Oroba Irie & Kazuhiro Teranishi; Phot.: Shigeru Iwamatsu; Ed.: Kumiko Arai; Mus.: Naoto Okabe; Cast: Atsushi Kimura, JK, Tomoko Nakajima, Maroka Uchiyama, Ginzi Yoshikawa, Reiko Tajima. Film screened at the Montreal World Film Festival on August 22nd, 2014 (Cinema Quartier Latin 15, 19h00 – the theatre was half full but there was less people at the end) as part of the “Focus on World Cinema” segment.
For more information you can visit the following websites:
Tokyo: The city of glass © 2013 Tokyo movie.

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Gros tournesol / Big sunflower (2014-07-25)
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One Third

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“Three small-time crooks — [Shuu, document.write(“”); ] manager of the Honey Bunny nightclub, Koji, an ex-motorcycle gang leader turned club waiter, and Big Ken, a Korean BBQ chain owner and club regular — desparate to turn their lifes around, manage to pull a successful bank heist in broad daylight and they return to hide out in Honey Bunny. Although they had agreed to each getting an equal third of the money they stole, their greed gets the better of them, with much bargaining and cheating. It turns out, however, they they are not the only ones after the loot. Will they see any of it all all?”

(Text from the Festival’s program)


Shuu is the manager for the night club “Honey Bunny” and a horse-race gambler. On his way to the bank to deposit the club’s takings he stops at the race tracks. Unexpectedly, he wins but in his excitement loses the bag containing the club’s money. The owner is a ruthless yakuza and he fears for his life. However, his friend Maria, a wanna-be actress, help him get a loan from an even ruthless loan-shark so he can pay back the club’s money. He has one week to pay back the loan or he dies. He persuades his friend Koji, who works at the “Honey Bunny”, and Ken, one of the customer, to rob a bank. They are all deeply in debts and desperate to turn around their life. They succeed but quarrels over dividing the loot. And, to make their tribulation worse, other parties are also interested in getting their hands on the stolen money!

I was expecting this one to be a third-rate film, but it ended up not so bad after all. It has lots of cheeky humour and movie references that make the movie quite enjoyable. Unfortunately, the plot is so circumvolved (plots and counter plots) that it doesn’t really work as each new development make what happened before less credible (but in such comedy, does it really matter?).

Also the premise of the story (a bunch of robbers quarrelling over their loot) is not original at all since I remember seeing a very similar one in another movie titled Crazy-ism. Although this movie is funnier and much more entertaining. Does our trio of incidental robbers succeed to pull through? Actually, we really never know since the movie leaves us with a kind of open ending. Quite clever.
One third (??????? / Sanbun no ichi): Japan, 2014, 119 min.; Dir.: Hiroshi Shinagawa; Scr.: Hiroshi Shinagawa (based on a novel by Hanta Kinoshita); Cast: Tatsuya Fujiwara (Shuu), Koki Tanaka (Koji), Ryuichi Kosugi (Ken), Mika Nakashima (Maria), Yosuke Kubozuka (Hama), Shinnosuke Ikehata (Shibugaki), Ryo Kimura, Sho Aikawa, Mitsu Dan, Ayumi Shimozono. Film screened at the Montreal World Film Festival on August 22nd, 2014 (Cinema Quartier Latin 15, 14h30 – the theatre was three-quarter full but a few people left after the first half-hour) as part of the “Focus on World Cinema” segment.

For more information you can visit the following websites:
One third © 2014 Sanbun no ichi Production Committee.

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Salaud, on t’aime

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“Un photographe de guerre et père absent, document.write(“”); qui s’est plus occupé de son appareil photo que de ses quatre filles, coule des jours heureux dans les Alpes avec sa nouvelle compagne. Il va voir sa vie basculer le jour où son meilleur ami va tenter de le réconcilier avec sa famille en leur racontant un gros mensonge.”

“Jacques, a retired war photographer, is attempting to live a peaceful life in the Alps. With a new girlfriend, Nathalie, he appears content, but his old friend Frédéric knows better. There is a little matter of four daughters, each one from a different conquest, each one estranged from him, and each leaving their shadow on Jacques’s emotional life. Realizing that reconciliation is the thing Jacques craves most, Frédéric, a doctor, concocts a little lie to convince the daughters to visit their absentee father. Well, not so little. In fact, it’s a really big lie, and as the family gathers, as accounts are settled through tears and laugher, the lie gets harder and harder to retract.”

(Texte tiré du programme / Text from the festival’s program)

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Lelouche est un incontournable alors il m’était impossible d’y échapper. Il nous offre ici un film presqu’autobiographique. C’est l’histoire d’un photographe qui s’est tellement donné à sa carrière qu’il n’a jamais été présent pour ses quatres (ou cinq) enfants (toutes des filles) qu’il a eu chacune avec des femmes différentes. Cependant, alors qu’il songe à la retraite après avoir connu tant de succès, il a des regrets pour cette vie de famille qu’il n’a jamais eut et que ses filles lui refusent maintenant.

“J’ai eu la chance d’avoir sept enfants avec cinq femmes différentes et je me suis dit que ça pourrait faire un bon sujet pour un film,” nous affirme le cinéaste.

C’est du Lelouche à son meilleur où l’on croque dans la vie à pleine dents. Un beau film, riche en émotions. Lelouche se dit d’ailleurs n’être qu’un reporter d’émotions, mais ici il va plus loin. Nous seulement il nous fait vivre les émotions de ses personnages, des états d’âme complexes et parfois difficiles à vivre, mais il en profite pour manipuler les nôtres!

Lelouche lors de la conférence de presse de Salaud, on t’aime (photos: MM)

Toutefois, j’ai lu sur Facebook des commentaires qui démolissent complètement le film (bon, tout les goûts sont dans la nature et chacun a droit à son opinion mais il y parfois des gens qui n’aiment vraiment rien parce que c’est leur nature grognonne ou simplement pour être iconoclaste). Johnny Holliday n’est peut-être pas un acteur (mais quelle bouille, alors!) par contre dans la vie les amoureux ne sont pas toujours super passionnés — surtout quand on a eut de multiples relations (bon, peut être que Sandrine Bonnaire n’était pas très expressive mais était-ce le rôle ou sa performance?). Moi je ne suis pas du genre à décortiquer les films mais j’adopte plutôt le point de vue du cinéphile : le film m’a captivé, ému et j’ai eu du plaisir à la regarder. C’est une belle histoire (que j’ai trouvé crédible), avec de superbes images pour me faire oublier un instant où je suis et qui je suis. Je ne demande rien de plus.

Lelouche sur le tapis rouge arrivant pour la cérémonie d’ouverture du FFM (Photos: CJP)

C’est donc un film à voir, pour ses émotions certes, mais aussi pour sa superbe photographie et son casting stellaire : Johnny Holliday, Eddie Mitchell, Sandrine Bonnaire, Valérie Kaprisky et je n’ai pas pu m’empêcher de remarquer la jeune Jenna Thiam (Hiver) qui jouait Léna dans la série télé “Les revenants” (2012).

Vous pouvez voir Lelouche présenter son film à partir de la minute 19:10 dans notre video de la cérémonie d’ouverture.
Salaud, on t’aime : France, 2014, 124 min.; Dir.: Claude Lelouch; Scr.: Claude Lelouch et Valérie Perrin; Phot.: Robert Alazraki; Ed.: Stéphane Mazalaigue; Mus.: Francis Lai, Christian Gaubert; Cast: Johnny Hallyday (Jacques Kaminsky), Eddy Mitchell (Frédéric), Sandrine Bonnaire (Nathalie), Irène Jacob (Printemps), Pauline Lefèvre (Été), Sarah Kazemy (Automne), Jenna Thiam (Hiver), Agnès Soral (Bianca), Valérie Kaprisky (Francia). Film projeté en ouverture du Festival des Films du Monde de Montréal le 21 août, 2014 (Cinema Impérial, 19h30 — le cinéma était pratiquement plein!) dans le cadre du segment “Hors concours”.
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FFM – Cérémonie d’ouverture

Voici notre video de la cérémonie d’ouverture du FFM 2014 (sur Vimeo)
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Mitsou (2014-08-08)
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