Cabourg – Day 2: Gaspard Ulliel, Vicky Krieps, Pierre Salvadori and Bonnie Tyler

Every day, a look back at the highlights of the 2022 edition of the romantic film festival.

Emotion of the day: More than ever

It was already one of the most moving moments of the last Cannes Film Festival. The ultimate feature film by Gaspard Ulliel. A melodrama following the inner journey of a young woman suffering from an incurable disease, of which he portrays the companion, lost in relation to her reactions. And see again this fifth feature film by Emily Atef (four years after the highly acclaimed Three days in Quiberon around Romy Schneider) confirms the first impression he left on the Croisette. That the powerful emotion it arouses goes beyond the presence of a Gaspard ulliel inhabited to its cast, as the subject of death hovers throughout the narrative. That More than ever transcends its subject to become an incredibly solar film as the one who sees the Grim Reaper swoop down on her reclaims her life to decide when she will choose to leave it. And the fact that it is embodied by Vicky Krieps, masterful in abandonment and power, is obviously not for nothing. A great and beautiful film to discover on November 16 at the cinema.

Fantasy of the day: The Little Band by Pierre Salvadori

There is always a delight in seeing a filmmaker evolve outside his comfort zone. This is the case here with Pierre Salvadori, one of the major authors of comedy made in France, who ventures into the field of children’s films with, for young heroes, a small group of 12-year-old kids who foment a strategy to make blow up the factory polluting their village and kidnap the director. And the result is particularly tasty. For his way of telling this story at the height of children and not adults. For his way of distilling there the central theme of his cinema since always, of moving target at Freely !: the fabrication of the lie and its collateral damage, with this delightful sense of burlesque. But also and above all for its accuracy in describing the violence and cruelty that children can show. A thousand places from a nice film with rose water, La Petite bande holds its young spectators (and the oldest) in high esteem. To discover in theaters on July 20.

Song of the day: Total eclipse of the heart by Bonnie Tyler

80’s hits are all the rage right now. From Running up that hill by Kate Bush in Stranger Things to Another story by Gérard Blanc or Small of Renaud heard in Cannes, respectively in The Innocent by Louis Garrel and Our brothers by Rachid Bouchareb. In Desert particular of Aly Muritiba (the Brazilian candidate for the 2022 Foreign Language Film Oscar), it’s total eclipse of the heart by Bonnie Tyler which gives special relief to the first meeting between its two main characters: Daniel, a cop suspended for violence and Sara, with whom he fell in love via the Internet and for whom he decides one day to cross Brazil in order, finally, to meet her, after she suddenly stops responding to his text messages. The hit written by Jim Steinman in 1983 (whose best use in cinema to date remains its re-interpretation by Cate Blanchett and Bruce Willis in bandits by Barry Levinson) is that of their first slow motion, their first physical contact before Daniel really discovers who Sara is and that this moment deeply questions who he thought he was, starting with his sexuality. A film about the deconstruction of Brazilian masculinity that goes through the sensuality of bodies. A wick lit by the 4’30” of Total eclipse of the heart.

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