Our Children and Broken shine
by Fabien Lemercier
22/08/2012 - Out early to catch a public slowly returning from its summer holidays, 12 new films have been released in French cinemas this Wednesday. Among them, two titles discovered at the last Cannes Film Festival have been well-reviewed. Les Films du Losange has released 90 copies of the very moving Our Children [trailer, film focus] by Belgian filmmaker Joachim Lafosse, which won Emilie Dequenne Best Actress at the Certain Regard. Co-produced by Luxembourg and France, the feature film also features performances by the brilliant Tahar Rahim and Niels Arestrup.
British director Rufus Norris’s Broken [trailer] (read the review) has also received great reviews. Le Pacte has released 70 copies of this skilful feature debut that opened the Critics’ Week in Cannes with a cast notably featuring newcomer Eloïse Laurence, as well as Tim Roth (photo) and Cillian Murphy.
From France, Pascal Thomas’s Associés contre le crime [trailer] (lit. “Associates against crime” - article - StudioCanal in 376 cinemas) is also out. In this entertaining adaptation of Agatha Christie’s work, the director brings together Catherine Frot and André Dussollier for the third time after By the Pricking of My Thumbs (1.27 million admissions in France in 2005) and Crime Is Our Business [trailer] (1.17 million spectators in 2008).
Following adolescence in the noteworthy In Mom’s Head [trailer] (2007), Carine Tardieu now tackles childhood in The Dandelions [trailer] (article), featuring Agnès Jaoui, Denis Podalydès, and Isabelle Carré as the adults. The film, which has received mixed reviews, has been released by Gaumont in 334 cinemas.
René Féret continues on his path as a relentless independent director-producer-distributor with, this time, Madame Solario [trailer] (article - JML Distribution on 30 copies), while Belgian director Pierre Duculot’s Miles From Anywhere [trailer, festival scope], which won Best Film and the Audience Award at the Amiens Film Festival (watch the interview and read more) has been released by its French co-producer Perspective Films in four cinemas.
Christine Laurent’s fascinating Franco-Portuguese co-production Demain ? [trailer] (lit. “Tomorrow?”) about Uruguyan poetess Delmira Agustini (Laure de Clermont)’s creative daily life at the beginning of the 20th century, for which the talented André Szankowski acted as director of photography, has been released by Zelig Films Distribution in 11 cinemas. Finally, Arizona Films has distributed Alejandro Fernández Almendras’ German-Chilean title By the Fire in ten cinemas.
(Translated from French)