Découverte: un nouvel album de Bilal

Après Animal’z et Julia et Roem, document.write(“”); voici enfin le troisième volet de la trilogie événément signée Enki Bilal.
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“Dans un ciel sens dessus dessous ponctué d’immenses masses nuageuses aux allures menaçantes progresse le Zeppelin sinistré Garbage et son équipage incongru : un couple de passagers de hasard embarqués à Tanger, Anders Mikkeli et Esther Roblès, deux jumelles orphelines sujettes à de mystérieuses crises de citations littéraires, leur garde du corps et le cadavre démembré du pilote de l’appareil, suspendu à ce qui reste de sa nacelle détruite. Dans les soutes, un mélange de déchets nucléaires instables et d’armes atomiques en état de marche, indice probable des visées terroristes du Garbage. Balloté au gré de la violence des vents, ses équipements verrouillés sur navigateur automatique, l’aérostat semble totalement livré à lui-même, et pourtant… Pourtant quelque chose suggère qu’il y a peut-être là un dessein, une volonté, une direction. Car au même moment, nombre des personnages croisés au fil des deux précédents volumes de la trilogie – Ana et Lester, Bacon et son dauphin hybride, Julia, Roem et Lawrence, l’ex-aumonier militaire – se sont eux aussi mis en mouvement, comme mûs par un appel secret. Leur périple annonce-t-il le stade terminal du « coup de sang » planétaire ? S’agit-il des prémisses de la troisième guerre mondiale annoncée, qui mettra ainsi un point final à la crise environnementale généralisée ? Ou d’autre chose encore, divergeant de tout ce qu’on pouvait imaginer ?”

“Toujours magistral, tant dans la puissance et l’originalité de son récit que dans son traitement graphique et chromatique exceptionnel, Enki Bilal apporte un point final à la trilogie amorcée dans Animal’z et poursuivie dans Julia et Roem. L’un des titres les plus attendus de la fin d’année.” (Texte du site de l’éditeur)

Pas grand chose à ajouter sur ce nouveau Bilal sinon que j’ai bien hâte de le lire (la date de parution en France est le 2014/10/22, mais il est difficile de dire quand il sera disponible au Québec). Décidément, Bilal va de trilogie en trilogie nous présentant toujours le même futur glauque mais jamais ennuyant.

La Couleur de l’air, par Enki Bilal. Paris: Casterman, octobre 2014. 96 pgs, 24 x 32.1 x 1.5 cm, 18.00 €, ISBN: 978-2-203-03309-2.

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Our family

WARNING: May contains trace of spoilers! People allergic to the discussion of any plot’s elements before seeing a movie are strongly advised to take the necessary precautions for their safety and should avoid reading further.
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“Reiko has been suffering from memory loss for some time, document.write(“”); but her family doesn’t really seem to notice. One day, she’s examined by a doctor, who discovers that she has a terminal brain tumor and will probably die within a week. As her dementia worsens, Reiko begins to express her true feelings for the first time, such as her fear that the family is falling apart. Meanwhile, her husband is facing bankruptcy and the family has been at odds over everyday problems and mistrusts. Their sons, Kosuke and Shunpei, react to the family troubles in different ways. The older brother, Kosuke, clumsily tries to shoulder the burden of the family while younger brother, Shunpei, gradually dedicates himself to becoming a better son.”

(Text from the Festival’s program)


In this family, the older son is a “recovered” Hikikomori who is now married and whose wife is expecting the first grandchild of the family. The younger son is an unreliable student who keep asking is mother for money. The husband’s company is not making any money so the couple is deeply in debts. When the family notice that the mother is behaving strangely and has memory lapses, they bring her to the doctor. The prognostic is devastating: she has an unoperable brain tumor and won’t probably live more than a week!

The two sons, who just discovered the extant of their parents debts, decide to do something about it. They also decide to seek second opinions on their mother’s diagnosis. After visiting a 6th hospital with their mother’s medical file, a doctor think that it might be a different type of tumor that could be treatable, so he refers them to another hospital and to a young female doctor. After more tests and a biopsy, it is revealed that the tumor is indeed treatable.

Through this ordeal the family — which had been slowly falling apart — is pulling together and it makes the sons to finally mature. I guess it shows that you must never give up. You must keep hope, give all your might and when things are getting though you must keep smilling…

As usual in Japanese cinema, this movie offers us nice imagery, particularly the beautiful landscape. It is a nice and enjoyable movie, but, somehow, I didn’t feel any emotions. Usually such movies will make me cry, but in this case I unfortunately didn’t feel any sadness. Was it me or was there something lacking in the stoytelling or the acting? I am not sure, but it was nevertheless a good story.

Our family (??????? / Bokutachi no Kazoku): Japan, 2014, 117 min.; Dir.: Yuya Ishii; Scr.: Yuya Ishii (Based on the novel by Kazumasa Hayami); Phot.: Junichi Fujisawa; Ed.: Shinichi Fushima; Mus.: Takashi Watanabe; Cast: Satoshi Tsumabuki (Kosuke), Mieko Harada (Reiko), Sosuke Ikematsu (Shunpei), Kyozo Nagatsuka (Katsuaki), Mei Kurokawa, Yusuke Santamaria, Shingo Tsurumi, Yuka Itaya, Mikako Ichikawa. Film screened at the Montreal World Film Festival on August 25th, 2014 (Cinema Quartier Latin 15, 21h30 – the theatre was three-quarter full with about sixty people) as part of the “World Great” (Out of Competition) segment.
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Our family © 2013 Bokutachi no Kazoku Film Partners.

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