Radioactive: There are a thousand and one films to be made on the life of Marie Curie [critique]

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Rosamund Pike in Radioactive
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Rosamund Pike plays the scientist for Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis).

Six years after his last feature film, The VoicesMarjane Satrapi returned to the cinema in 2020 with a new major project, radioactive, which tells the story of Marie Curie, the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize. A biopic with an international cast, led by Rosamund Pikethe excellent actress of die another day (2002), jack reacher (2012) and Gone Girl (2014), in the role of the French scientist of Polish origin who will revolutionize her field by discovering two new elements, radium and polonium.

Radioactive teaser poster
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radioactive will be broadcast for the first time in clear this evening on television, on Chérie 25. Unfortunately, the editorial staff of First had been disappointed when it left. Here is our review: There are a thousand and one films to be made on the thousand and one facets of Marie Curie’s life. Her childhood in Warsaw where her mother died when she was only 11 years old. His medical studies in Paris in a male-dominated university. His meeting with Pierre Curie. Their work on polonium and radium. Their common Nobel Prize to the reception of which she was not invited. His Nobel solo. Her passionate affair, after the death of Pierre, with Paul Langevin, a married man who earned her criticism as “the foreigner who steals the husband of a brave Frenchwoman”. Yes, there are a thousand and one films to be made on the twists and turns of his personal and professional lives. Radioactive’s concern is to have wanted to fit them into one. So inevitably, we fly over without digging anything for a “wikipediasque” result, inside which the rare breakaways outside this ready-made highway (Hiroshima, nuclear tests in the American desert, the Chernobyl disaster…), supposed to pointing out the misappropriation of the noble works of the Curia, arouse at best incomprehension, at worst consternation. This shot of a child launching his little fire plane towards the bomb dropped on Hiroshima is in itself eliminatory. Since his transition to flesh-and-blood heroes with Chicken with prunes, Marjane Satrapi is struggling to find a second wind. But there was at least in The Voices an oddity that caught the eye. A thousand leagues from this story with a flat encephalogram, yet defended as best as she can by the always impeccable Rosamund Pike.

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Trailer of radioactiveby Marjane Satrapi, with Rosamund Pike, Sam Riley, Aneurino Barnard and Anya Taylor-Joy:

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