Red alert, Ego, Persian Lessons…: new VOD releases from April 29, 2022 to watch on Première Max

All the video on demand releases of the week.

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Red alert by Domee Shi

If you saw Bao before The Incredibles 2 (2018), you certainly remember this little chewable ravioli. Thanks to this daring short film, Doomi Shi got the green light from Pixar to direct his first feature, Red alert. This time, we follow a 13-year-old Chinese-Canadian teenager, Mei-Mei, who tries to be perfect in the eyes of her mother, but finds herself the victim of a “curse” affecting all women in her family: when she is overwhelmed by her emotions, she turns into a giant red panda! A very cute animal? For her, it is above all a source of anguish…

seven years later Vice versa, the studio is once again developing this universal theme, in a more direct way. The opportunity to let off steam a good shot! Arrival with a bang in the middle of “dumb age”poof!, the heroine therefore becomes a ball of fur, which symbolizes all sorts of themes: both the surge of hormones linked to adolescence, the arrival of menstruation or more generally the changing body of the heroine (“My panda, my choice, mom!”). Its creator has obviously put a lot of herself into this story of emancipation, punctuated by dripping pop inspired by the successful boy bands of the early 2000s and sprinkled with nods to anime from her childhood. Basically, the film once again audaciously questions the concept of devouring maternal love, the red panda finally offering the heroine the strength to oppose her mother, who has become a castratrix by wanting to respect tradition too much. His message (not to seek perfection at all costs) is proclaimed loud and clear, and it feels good.

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Red Alert inspirations: Totoro, Sailor Moon, NSYNC, Fruits Basket, Goofy…

Ego by Hanna Bergholm

A cool coming-of-age horror movie from Finland, Ego tells the monstrous relationship between a gymnast and a funny mutant bird.

Would the inhabitants of the Nordic countries worry about their children? Only three months after the release of The Innocents and his band of Norwegian kids with disturbing shyamalanesque powers, comes to us today from Finland this astonishing initiatory story, an allegory of puberty taking the form of a story of monster and possession. Tinja is a 12-year-old gymnast, raised in the cult of perfection and performance by an unbearable and very tyrannical Instagram mom. Her life takes an unexpected turn when she discovers an egg in the forest which, once hatched, releases a half-man, half-bird creature that the teenager will hide in his room and raise in secret from his family. Tinja and the monster then develop a frankly creepy telekinetic relationship, the beast starting to slay or threaten those who get in the girl’s way (her mother’s lover, her competitors in gym competitions, etc.). If the bill a bit brokeEgo worried at first, the film ends up seducing, thanks to its ease in articulating funny social satire, a very first degree coming-of-age movie, and supercharged horror – we will not soon forget this funny monster, at the looks both bewildered and downright terrifying. With this first feature, crowned with the Grand Prix at the last Gérardmer festival, Hanna Bergholm joins the new wave of directors who are currently reinventing horror in the four corners of the planet.

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Gérardmer Festival: Egō by Hanna Bergholm receives the Grand Prix

The Persian Lessons by Vadim Perelman

When he was arrested and deported to a camp in Germany in 1942, Gilles (Nahuel Perez Biscayart, the actor ofgoodbye up there and of 120 beats per minute is once again amazing) believes its last hour has come. But his instinct for survival turns out to be stronger than anything. He swears that he is not a Jew but a Persian and finds himself having to give one of the camp leaders Farsi lessons every day… so he doesn’t speak. And so as not to see the deception come to light, here he is, every night, learning an imaginary language to teach it the next day to whoever would kill him if he discovered the pot-aux-roses. An original starting point for a scenario that seduces with its management of twists and its ability to keep the tension intact. It’s a pity that Vadim Perelman’s academic staging encloses the film in a classicism that runs counter to the headlong rush far from the beaten track, for its hero.

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And also :

All on stage 2

The Devil You Know

Betrayed

The Wizard

Little Palestine, diary of a siege

Brother

Los Lobos

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