The Square, directed by Ruben Östlund (Sweden, 142 mn) won La Palme d’or. Ruben Östlund has already received in Cannes, le prix du jury un certain regard in 2014 for Force majeure (Snow Therapy).
On a Stockholm square, a woman flees a persecutor, no one helps her. Finally, two men interposed and congratulated their action. One, Christian, director of the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, who soon realizes that his cards, cell phone, cufflinks have been stolen. From then on, things will go wrong.
In his desire to recover his property, he will run up against the pugnacity of a young boy, who is unduly accused of robbery; In his professional life, an unhappy clip for the exhibition he prepares, The Square, inciting to tolerance and solidarity, puts him in a delicate situation.
The Square, as Snow Therapy, poses the question of responsibility, cowardice, but here in the well-policed Swedish society that is depicted with a squeaky humor touching journalism, art … What everyone did not appreciate.
This interesting film would, however, be shortened by about twenty minutes.
Le Redoutable by Michel Hazanavicius (107 mn). The film is inspired by the book of Anne Wiazemsky – Godard’s wife, 1967-1970 – A year later, released in 2015 which tells May 68-May 69.
Jean-Luc Godard in 1968, in full glory. A bad reception of the film La Chinoise with Anne Wiazemsky and the spirit of May 68 provoke a profound questioning of the filmmaker. He engages in the 68 challenge, becomes maoist, denies his first films and wants to create a cinema in accordance with his new ideas. It launches into public or private statements that strike everyone.
Film shot at the Godard maner which describes a Godard probably sincere in the turmoil but unbearable including for his wife, his friends …
Another film about a personality, Rodin, by Jacques Doillon, (France, Belgium, 119 mn), a film that would win or to be subtitled or to be dubbed in French, notably Vincent Lindon, so that we can understand what is being said.
This film, produced by Netflix, is more American than Korean: vision of the remote countryside in Korea, criticism of animal suffering inflicted by capitalist agro-industry. The adventure ends well thanks to the girl’s love for Okja, her fierce struggle and her alliance with the FLA that not only saves Okja but also a piglet that discreetly her parents escape from the slaughterhouse, Passing under the barbed wire …
This American optimism carried by children, a classic, is found in Wonderstruck by Todd Haynes, (United States 117 mn).
In 1927, Rose, deaf and dumb, escaped to New York to join her mother, famous actress who rejects her but finds her elder brother. In 1977, Ben, who had become accidentally deaf, also fled to New York in search of his father, whom he knew nothing about. These two lives, told in parallel, the first in black and white, the second in color, will eventually meet.
The story, difficult enough to follow at the beginning, two lives at 50 years of distance, ends happily. Ben finds a family and even makes a friend, a young black, a little forsaken by his parents, who suffers from loneliness.encontrer.
The films that were programmed were far from optimistic, even when they were children.
In The killing of a sacred deer of Yorcos Lanthymos (Ireland, 109 mn), Steven, a cardiac surgeon, takes the young Martin, whose father died at one of his interventions. The young boy announces to the surgeon that he must execute a member of his family, his wife or one of his two children, otherwise they will all die gradually. Soon the son of the surgeon is suffering from unexplained disorders, first a paralysis of the lower limbs then new symptoms appear … which will lead Stephen to an impossible choice.
Nubov (Love Fault) by Andrey Zvyagintsev, (Russia / France, 127 mn), shows a couple who quarrels under the eyes of their son who disappears.
The tear is exacerbated during the child’s researches. The cracking of each persisted years later. The protagonists can not rebuild themselves elsewhere, although each has a partner who should bring back a certain serenity.
Failure is not just that of a couple. But that of a society where the administration is incapable of organizing the research of the child and where even the volunteers, active and organized, can not find the missing young person
An inefficient society, broken adults, a youth without a future.
A woman tries to bring her imprisoned husband a package she had sent him but which the administration refused to transmit without explanation. The package is rejected again, at the counter, without motivation. She tries to achieve her ends by all means, addresses the association of defense of the prisoners, confronts different police networks and / or mafia … before disappearing in the night for a new attempt…
They are also brief encounters of a totally different kind that Visages, villages of Agnes Varda and JR. (hors compétition, 89 mn) talks about. They crisscross the French countryside with a truck that makes it possible to draw large posters. They meet people, a saleswoman, workers, farmers … Photograph them, draw huge posters that they stick in the village, in the factory … Humor, discretion, exchanges …