Rendez-vous 2021 – Review of 4 films watched

Loosely based on the true story of Christian Moullec who began his first flights with his birds in 1995 aboard a motorised deltaplane that he had adapted. The film is based on a screenplay by the director of the film  Nicolas Vanier who first wrote a book and then a comic story (both form the basis for the screen version)

The film is designed to appeal to a family audience particularly with those who have teenagers. While sentimental at times, there is a realistic approach to growing up and parental bonding. The true story is remarkable. The cinematography is outstanding particularly in the aerial screen shots and extraordinary landscapes. All in all an enjoyable and informative film on how Christian has focused on saving migratory birds in Europe, where various species have been disappearing at an alarming rate.

Definitely worth a watch!

The film by Stéphane Demoustier is a French remake of the Argentinian Film The Accused, but with a definite French style. With some strong performances from well know French actors such as Roschdy Zem, Chiara Mastroianni and Melissa Guers as Lise who wears an ankle bracelet and is on trial for the murder of her best friend. Lise however does not show much emotion throughout most of the trial which adds to the tension of whether she is guilty or not, and keeps us engaged. No spoilers here!

As a typical teenager of 16 when the murder occurred she is portrayed as having loose morals and a flirt and daring, but at the same time a good friend with her girlfriends. The court scenes are strong and pointed with the usual hardnosed prosecutor, clever defence lawyers and understanding judges.

A well crafted film that garnered 89% on Rotten Tomatoes and if you like court dramas with solid acting this one is for you.

The incredible story directed by Marjane Satrapi of Marie Sklodowska-Curie and her Nobel Prize-winning work that changed the world. The film is based on the graphic novel ”Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout” by Lauren Redniss. This is director Marjane Satrapi’s first film based on a graphic novel that was not written by her. There are a number of historical factual changes in the film according to notes on IMDB, but I would read them after watching the film.

While the Cinematography is wonderful, and the acting of Rosamund Pike is superb the film jumps back and forth between modern day and historical periods and makes it confusing, even with some very interesting scene sets.

If you are not familiar with the history of Marie Curie you will learn a lot as well as enjoy the period pieces. The film is in English

3 – 3 1/2 ***

La Daronne which is slang for “Mum” but also translates as “The Matron” or “The Godmother” is a film based on the novel by Hannelore Cayre, who incidentally also wrote the script . Directed by Jean-Paul Salomé this film, listed as a comedy, is more a crime drama with a touch of zany scenes, but also some true to life caring for elderly parents, bringing up children, and struggling financially.

Who else could play such versatile role other than the marvelous Isabelle Huppert who we have watched in so many different roles including this one. Usually beguiling or a villain in her roles, this one is somewhat different with a touch of empathy. The film kept me entertained throughout and there was never a dull moment, well paced, it was the perfect film to watch at 9 pm after watching the pandemic and impeachment updates, and as an avid tennis fan many hours of the Australian Open.

If you want to watch some great acting, with a crime that would be as far stretched as they come, and yet some true to life scenes, than this one is worth the 1 3/4 hours of entertainment.