The Sorrows of Young Werther, Goethe

“Sometimes I don’t understand how another can love her, is allowed to love her, since I love her so completely myself, so intensely, so fully, grasp nothing, know nothing, have nothing but her!”

 The Sorrows of Young Werther (Die Leiden des jungen Werthers) is an epistolary novel written by Johann Wolfang von Goethe, simply known as Goethe. It is Goethe’s first novel and it was published anonymously in 1774. The reader discovers the story through Werther’s letters to his friend Wilhem. It tells the story of Werther and more precisely his torments. He indeed fully loves a woman whose name is Charlotte but she is already engaged with another man named Albert. Consequently, Charlotte only sees Werther as a friend and it makes him suffer. Finally, Werther decides to commit suicide.

You have to know that this story is partly inspired by real facts. Goethe was (at one time of his life) in love with a woman named Charlotte but she was promised to another man, Kestner. Her mother was dead and that’s why she had to look after her twelve little brothers and sisters. This is also the case of Charlotte in the book. Moreover the suicide in the end of The Sorrows of Young Werther was inspired by the act of a friend of the author who killed himself because of an unhappy love affair.

In addition this novel caused many reactions. It has been judged immoral by the authorities because it was supposed to “promote” suicide so sales of this book were forbidden. But it has probably on the contrary push people to read it. It indeed has had a huge success. We called this “movement” of reactions the “Werther Fever”: some designers realised the clothes which were described in this novel; perfumes, crockery and varied objects were created because of it.  A lot of books inspired by The Sorrows of Young Werther were published: sequels, imitations or even parodies. But the most important to memorize is that it also provoked a “wave” of suicides. What is called the “Werther effect” in sociology is the fact that some people killed themselves afterward someone else did.

The Dark Fields – Alan Glynn

« And if you had the possibility of becoming a perfect version of yourself ? »

Hi ! Today I would like to speak about The Dark Fields which is the first novel written by Alan Glynn and published in 2001. This book also inspired Neil Burger to realize his movie Limitless in 2011.  Oh, and it is again a thriller (maybe that one day I will choose an another kind of movie or book…! 😉 )

In this novel, we meet Eddy Spinola who was a man with many difficulties to succeed in his professionnal and love life. One day, he saw again his brother-in-law, Vernon Gant, who was also a former dealer. This meeting changed his life ; indeed, Vernon decided to give him an experimental drug called « MDT-48 » which guarantees huge intellectual and creative abilities. His perceptions, memory and thinking skills were unbelievable ! The effects of the MDT on the young man exceeded his expectations and led him to a new life ! But obviously, things are short course… Eddy’s dreams will not be still easy to realize.

« I learnt piano in three days, math became useful… and funny. I knew everything about everything. »

According to me, this novel is really fascinating and we want to discover what happen after every chapter. I saw the movie with Bradley Cooper and I liked it well, too. These two works are nice to read or to watch and I deeply advise them. 🙂

 » Colonia « 

Hi, Everybody,

Today I’m going to speak about a film entitled  » Colonia  » and realised by Florian Gallenberger. The story takes place in 1973 in Chilli; and was inspired by true event; the camp « colonia dignidad » has really exist just like the characters.

 

So this story talked about a young woman named Lena and her german boyfriend Daniel, one day Daniel and Lena was arrested by Pinochet’s military like many other people. They released Lena and bring Daniel in a secret camp named « Colonia Dignidad ». Once in the camp Nobody comes out. So Lena decided to join Daniel and risk her life to find him, so she secretly enters in the camp. She was willing to do anything to find Daniel. Life conditions was hard, womens who disobeyed were beaten or worth. To survive they have to do horrible and hard things, Lena wants to find Daniel and escape. Will they get there? Or will they die?

To know what happened you have to watch this amazing film.

He is really touching and throught him we can have an idea of the life in the camp, and see the horror and the terror present there.

 

I recommend it for everybody, This film gave me a new vision of this period. Wa can feel the intensity of all feeling in this film. It’s different than a documentary. So if you want to have a good time, you can watch « Colonia ».

 » Cyrano De Bergerac  » – Edmond Rostand

HI everybody,

Today I’m going to speak about a drama entitled « Cyrano De Bergerac » written by Edmond Rostand. She was played in december 28th 1897 for the first time in Paris. I think you probably know this story and maybe you read it but I wanted to speak about this drama because she is probably my favourite.

First you have to know that my mother obliged me to read this drama so I wasn’t really determined to read it but I was really surprise and finally I was pretty happy.

Cyrano is known for is intelligence and his face (more specially for his nose.) He fall in love of his cousin: Roxane, however he doesn’t want to tell her because he’s afraid about her reaction. Roxane sees Cyrano just like a cousin and she is attrated to Christian. Cyrano wants before all the hapiness of Roxane, so he decided to help Chrisian to seduce Roxane. However he discover that Christian is « stupid » and knows nothing about poetry. Nevertheless he helped him: Cyrano writte numerous letter and Christian sign them. Finally Roxane fall in love of Christian (more precisely of Christian’s physical and Cyrano’s spirit). Then Roxane and Christian get married just before he goes to war with Cyrano.
And even during the war Cyrano continues to pretend to be Christian in his letter. Christian realised that Roxane loved only Cyrano’s spirit and that Cyrano loved her, so he would like to reveal the truth to roxane but he died.
Out of respect for him, Cyrano is revealed never the truth to roxane except on the day of his death.

I’m not a big fan of romantic novel or romantic drama but this one makes me cry at the end and I was sad to have already finished it, that’s why I recommend this drama.  

The Dunwich horror, H.P.Lovecraft

« It is always a relief to get clear of the place […]. Afterward one sometimes learn that one has been through Dunwich. Outsiders visit Dunwich as seldom as possible, and since a certain season of horror all the signboards pointing toward it have been taken down »

These few lines allow you to discover the atmosphere in the short story The Dunwich horror written by the famous american author Howard Phillips Lovecraft. The story unfolds in a fictive place -Dunwich- which is supposed to be located in Massachusetts (USA). The reader attends Wilbur Whateley’s birth and childhood. He lives in an isolated farm with his mother and his grandfather who both have a bad reputation: they are suspected of witchcraft. Wilbur grows up abnormally fast: with only 1 year, he can speak and with 4 years he seems to be 10. Other strange things happen concerning this family : the grandfather buy many cows and they die one after the other ; there is a terrible odor around the farm and at night we can hear some rumblings… as if the Whateleys breed a mysterious beast… Moreover Wilbur wants to borrow a  strange book: the Necronomicon. (nekros=death, corpse)

I liked this book -it would have been great to read during Halloween- but I have to advise you that it is quite uneasy for a novice to enter Lovecraft’s universe ! The writer invented a complet myth (whose name is Cthulhu Mythos) with its gods (which are in fact extraterrestrial entities), cults and its reference book: the Necronomicon. Lovecraft belonged to a philosophy/movement that he created: the cosmicism whose main theme is the insignificance of man. To show you an example ; Lovecraft said: « the human race will disapear. Other races will appear and disappear in turn ».

To summarize, the story is pleasant though a little bit weird and obviously horrific but when we want to know more about its author and his works, it’s quite complex (it’s a bit similar to a rich universe like the Lord of the Rings for instance).

Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher ( 2007 )

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Thirteen Reasons Why is a novel written by Jay Asher and published in 2007.

The story begins as a teenage boy named Clay Jensen comes back home after school and finds a package, in this box are 7 cassette tapes and 13 stories recorded by Hannah Baker, a classmate but also someone close to Clay, who recently committed suicide. Hannah was bullied at school because various people would start rumours about her and they would end up being known by everyone, all these various people are on the tapes. Each cassette contains a recording of Hannah’s voice exposing one of the person who made her end her life. On the first tape, Hannah tells her listeners that she holds each of them responsible for her death, and that the tapes will explain why. After listening, each person must give the tapes to the next person on the list, that next person was now Clay.

This book it truly amazing and I think that nowadays it’s really important to raise awareness about the people who are bullied because, even though this book is fictional, some teenagers did commit suicide because they were bullied in real life.

La La Land – Damien Chazelle

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La La Land is an American musical comedy written and directed by Damien Chazelle ( a French American director and screen writter ). It’s the story of a young woman called Mia ( played by Emma Stone ),  a waitress, who, in between her shifts, auditions for small roles in movies because becoming an actress in her dream. On the other hand, we follow a jazz fan, Sebastian ( played by Ryan Gosling ) who plays in small bars to make a living out of his passion for piano. Destiny will bring these two dreamers together but will their love for each other make it through the hard life of Hollywood ?

The jazz music is a big part of this movie and all the songs were written and composed by Justin Hurwirtz, he also worked with Damien Chazelle on Whiplash and Guy and Medeline on a Park Bench. 

I loved this movie because I love music and even though jazz is not my favorite type of music, I still enjoyed all the singing and dancing parts of this film.

The Dreamers

 

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The movie :

The Dreamers is an romantic drama film drama film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and released in 2003. It is a co-production by cinematographic compagnies from France, United Kingdom and Italy. This movie was inspired by Gilbert Adair‘s novel called The Holy Innoncents (1988) which was inspired itself by Jean Cocteau‘s book named Les Enfants Terribles (1929).

Synopsis :

The story occured against the backdrop of the May 1968 riots. Matthew, a newcomer student from America arrives in Paris and stumble upon twins during a manifestation : Isabelle and Theo. They quickly become friends especially thanks to their enthusiasm in film. The French brother and sister decide to welcome Matthew during their parents’ holidays. Three all alone in the appartment, they lay down rules of a game which will promptly take an unhealthy and oppressive shape. They will play with fire and this joke will led them to discover and understand their own identity like a kind of initiatory journey.

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I appreciated this movie for several reasons :

First, the numerous cinematographic references : the three heroes talk about cinema and often reproduce cult scenes of different films in their own way such as Bande à Part, À Bout de Souffle, Scarface, Top Hat or Freaks and that makes me want to see some of it. Their imitations are pretty funny and in a way, The Dreamers is a tribute to the cinema.

Then, an another important point is the music. The film is immerged in a musical universe that I love : psychedelic rock, hard-rock with various artists and groups such as Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors…

May 68 is an interesting background that I have never seen in others movies. There is even stock footage of this time in the picture.

There are also many striking shots thanks to the lighting, the picture composition etc.

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This movie is constituted by a significant number of cultural references that makes it a truly interesting film even if I thought that it went round in circles. May 68 is here but not really operated… The story is not totally captivating even if the characters are relevant. Besides, sometimes the viewer doesn’t feel comfortable especially because of the almost perverse relation between the siblings and it becomes a kind of love triangle. This movie represents excess and the decadent youth of the 60’s, although it is not my favorite film, you should watch it !

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Bill Manbo’s Colors of Confinement

December 7, 1941- 7:48 a.m
« A date in which we live in infamy« , says President Roosevelt.
The well-known military strike on Pearl Harbor was intended by the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters as a preventive attack to keep the U.S away from interfering with military attacks Japan planned in South Asia, against overseas counties. 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded. The attack left American people in a profound shock, since it happened on their territory, without any explicit warning nor any declaration of war. Contrary to expectations, it led to the superpower’s entry into World War II. From the end
If we know how much that particular event disrupted the course of history in an international standpoint, we know a lot less about the repercussion it had from within.

Feb. 19, 1942
The trap slowly closes in around 120,000 people from Japanese origins who live on the West Coast of the country. From the end of the 19th century, they were numerous to leave Japan in order to settle in to the United States. The law prohibits them to have the American citizenship, however their children, who were born there, are Americans. Suddenly, they all became suspects, potential betrayers, inside ennemies. President Roosevelt signes the executive order n°9066 to remove every person of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast. They are placed in confinement camps as hysteria spreads across the country. American citizens fear another attack, as they are accused to be in cahoots with Japan to plan another strike or to poison water resources. Every descendant of Japanese immigrants have to bring back their radios and cameras to the authorities. Among 120,000 people gathered, two thirds of them are authentic American citizens
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Form March to June, 1942
District after district, the army proceeds to the evacuation of these people, whose sight is now unwanted. One of them is Bill Manbo, an auto mechanic who dabbles in photography and model airplanes. He and his wife, Mary, as well as their baby son Billy, and his wife’s mother and younger siblings are transferred to one of 10 « relocation centers » in Heart Mountain, in the isolated Nothwestern Wyoming. Such as thousands of others, the family of seven -and soon eight again, since Mary’s father has been interned as « enemy alien » right after Pearl Harbor since he was teaching Japanese, before being determined not to be a threat- has to live its home, all of its belongings such as Bill’s garage and has to leave everything they know with a single suitcase. They are assigned to a small room in one of the shacks. The air is cold and dusty. All they an see is the desert that surrounds them. That’s where they are going to live, no one knows for how long.
Bill managed to bring his camera hidden in his suitcase with him and takes pictures of the camp sneakily at nightfall, as soldiers around the camp mustn’t know.

Fall, 1942
The West Coast is completely cleared of anyone Japanese. From now on, they are all living one of the 10 camps built in a hurry throughout the desert. More than 10,000 came by bus or by train to Heart Mountain, displaced without ever being judged. Two third of them are children and young adults with American citizenship. The head of the camp agrees with Bill taking pictures, but the instructions are clear: not any picture of the barbed wire nor of the soldiers around the camp. Bill wants to take pictures to keep memories of his son Billy as he grows older. But he had never envisioned that he would take pictures of him in a camp. There is no othe word to describe it; they are living in a camp. Everything is communal: laundry, food, toilets… Billy wears the American army’s costume his mother offered him before their arrival in the camp all the time. America is the country he was born in. In this place, nothing scares the children. They see it as a gigantic playground.
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Winter, 1942
Nothing seems to be able to stop the American army in the Pacific Ocean. Hostility towards Japanese people increases always more. In the camps, life goes on. Everything is still to build and take care of: schools, meals… The inmates try to forget the barbeled wire all around them, as well as the soldiers who received the order to shoot anyone trying to escape. Bill repares cars who belong to the American army and earns a few dollars. Mary still doesn’t accept to be there. A few months ago, she was creating outfits for a successful theater company. Now, the temperatures are sub- zero temperatures and the cold wind infiltrates their room. It’s freezing cold. Sumo games are organized to encourage spring to come. Bill has never seen before, he grew up playing baseball.

1943
Japan isn’t invincible anymore. Still at the head of an Empire, they are defeated once by the American army and go through heavy casualties. It will soon be one year since Bill and his family came to this camp. All together, the prisonners celebrate the Independance Day on the 4th of July. But this year, surrounded by barbed wire, they are uneasy.

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« Why is this country, our country that we are celebrating, emprisonning us? »

They are also allowed to celebrate the Buddhist calendar’s celebration of the middle of Summer. Women are dancing during a long time, colourful in their yukatas, light kimonos. Bill takes a picture of his son behind the barbed wire, so that he doesn’t forget where he spent the fist years of his life. Since Pearl Harbor, Japanese immigrants were perceived as potential ennemies. But it slowly changes. The state allows Japanese men to fight in the colours of the US in European fronts. Beforehand, they have to make sure of their loyalty and each of them have to write a loyalty test, which hatches the inmates’ anger. One of the questions asks them who they respect between the President of the US and the Emperor of Japan. The authorities want to know if they are willing to swear allegiance to The US. Bill answers yes, but only if they get their rights back, as citizens of America. Because of that, he and his wife have to submit to an interrogation, that ends well for them. However, some of their neighbors are judged « disloyal », merely as they asked the end of the camps and displaced again to a « high surveillance » camp, far away.

25,000 young Japanese American young men enlist in the American Army. A new regiment n°442 was created, only composed of American citizens from Japanese ancestry. Its devise is « Go For Broke » (Tente le tout pour le tout)
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Fall, 1944
The 442nd regiment is sent to the Eastern French front in the Vosges, where German soldiers are resisting. The Japanese American soldiers set the town of Bruyères free on the 19th and 20th of October. But as they release a Texan regiment surrounded by Germans, many of them die. According to Bill, they fought for the world to be free. But he is still locked up in this camp. He doesn »t even enjoy taking photographs anymore, since he knows each nook of it. He can’t stand waiting for the war to end and leaves to camp to find work. For a few weeks some of them are allowed to do so. But it’s not that easy: where to go? What welcoming will they find?
The West Coast is still prohibited to them.

May, 1945
Germany surrenders but Japan refuses to give in. The US decide to take drastic steps and use two atomic bombs that destroy both Hiromisha and Nagasaki. Japan finally yields and the war officially ends. The 442th becolmes the most decorated regiment of the American army but also the one with the heaviest number of deads. They changed the vision the American citizens had of Japanese immigrants. Each internee is given 25$ and a train ticket to the destination they choose. Bill and his family found the lights of Los Angeles back, their house and Bill’s garage with his tools, still as he left them. But many others didn’t anything left when they returned. Bill puts his camera away, his pictures in boxes and moves on to something else…

1988
The congress apologies for the camps.

1992
All grown up, Billy works for Boeing and envisions planes’ engines.
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He doesn’t have any memory of his life in Heart Mountain. When his parents die, he gives all of the pictures his father took as a gift to the Japanese American National Museum. Sixty-five of them where published in a book intitled ‘Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome photographs of Japanese-American incarceration camps in World War II’. You can see some of them here.
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The Girl on the train, Paula Hawkins

This is the story of Rachel, 32, divorced, depressed and who has troubles with alcohol. Everyday when she is taking the train to London to work she can see her former house now inhabited by Tom her ex and his new lover Anna. When she lost her job she continued to do the return to London because she doesn’t know what to do of her days and because she doesn’t want her roommate to know that she is jobless.

Rachel imagines a life to Tom’s neighbors: she calls them Jess and Jason, imagine their job, their conversations. Former it’s an happy couple with no troubles between them. But one day she sees Jess with another man and a few day after she learns that Jess (her real name is Megan) is missing. Rachel, sure to have seen clues, has now a goal: finding Megan. For that, she has to talk with Jason (his real name is Scott), and for that she has to see Tom and Anna again.

This psychological novel is very interesting because of the different points of view: the reader can see through Rachel’s, Megan’s and Anna’s eyes. There is a lot of suspens and I was very impatient to know the truth. Paula Hawkins’s writing is very beautiful, sensitive and captivating.

I know that there is a movie adaptation but I don’t want to see it because I heard that the movie is not as good as the novel.

Split, M. Night Shyamalan

Recently I watched Split, the new Shyamalan’s movie and I would like to talk about it.

This movie is generally depicted as an « horror movie » but I don’t think it really fits to this category. Indeed I found it very interesting because of the reflexion it sparks.

Kevin is a young man who has developed a psychological illness, a trouble of the personality. Kevin has got 23 personalities who cohabit in his consciousness. All these personalities are different: Hedwig is a nine years old boy, Jade is a woman who has diabetes, Barry is an eccentric artist, Denis is fussy etc…

A 24th identity is emerging, she is very more powerful than the others and its « creation » or « apparition » makes Kevin kidnap three teenagers who will become the « sacred food ».

But except this plot, the very interesting part of this movie is all the reflexion about people who suffered from this pathology, how their consciousness can divide itself in all these identities. In that way, we can assist to several dialogues between Kevin and his psychiatrist the Doctor Fletcher. For her, her patients may be those who can explore all their brain’s capacities. She has to adapt her speech and her reaction according to the personality she has in front of her: it will not be the same if she is with Barry or Denis.

She also wants to know how it is possible for one person to have several personalities that are each different from the other, why Jade is the only one to suffer from diabetes, how one body can be modified according the personality that is « put in the light ».

During this movie we can assist to a real mental fight between all these identities to win the right to take the control of Kevin’s body. Also, we understand that each personality was born because of a traumatic event and that each personality was created by Kevin to protect himself.

This movie is inspired from a true story, the one of Billy Milligan, an American man arrested for the kidnapping and the rape of three students. Milligan is the first who claimed his innocence because of troubles of personality. Indeed it was not really him who kidnaped and raped these girls but Ragen and Adalana, two of his twenty-four personalities. It is also with his case that schizophrenia and trouble of personality are distinguished.

So I liked this film  because of all the questions it raises and also because I have always been interested for the stories that treats of the consciousness, the brain and its capacities. Even if it can be a little « scary » I am like « fascinated » by the fact that a human can divide itself in different personalities who can have a different age, sex, language, habits etc… There was also suspense and tenseness in this film with a end that makes me think there will be a Split 2!

Seasons Of Heaven by Nico Augusto

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“We, as humankind are always looking for a new frontier to explore, and there it was lying right in front of me. We have explored the world and the depths of the oceans. We know a lot about it, but we don’t know everything. We spend immeasurable time and resources to learn about space, and to dive deeper into our own chemical make up. But for some reason, science ignores the call of the afterlife. It’s the next frontier. We are inexplicably drawn to it. Why then, is it so stigmatized that we don’t dare study it seriously ?”                                                                                           — Grant Wilson, Preface of Seasons of Heaven

Seasons of Heaven is a novel written by Nicolas Augusto and published in 2016. Since his early childhood, Augusto has been fascinated by paranormal stuff and all the mysteries what surrounds us, our origins and our future : what we become after death. He investigated a lot for years in order to answer these questions and still continues now. In 2012 after Ani’s death, his dear canine friend, he decides to put down on paper all his thoughts and feelings about the world we live in, humankind and human beings. All of that will soon become a novel entitled Season of Heavens : his debut novel in fact.

The story unfolds in 2047, after civilization has completely collapsed. A small group of people now struggle to survive on a doomed version of the planet Earth. Among these survivors remains a family. Once a night around a campfire, the father begins to tell his children, named Nina and Ana, “how everything changed, and why”. The story told by the father quickly brings us back two years earlier with Yann, a young boy with Asperger’s syndrome and his faithful companion, Ani, a French bulldog who Yann is able to communicate with through telepathy. These two http://cdn2us.denofgeek.com/sites/denofgeekus/files/2016/12/seasons_of_heaven.jpgcharacters must journey on a mysterious and beautiful realm called Heaven in order to complete a quest. Meanwhile, we’ll follow plenty of other stories with characters between space and time which do not seem to be related at first, but revealed after as having a link between them. That’s the magic of novels, I assume…

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The plot is smart as it could happen in a near future : indeed, we understand in the novel that humans allowed themselves the end of the world, as a result of their careless actions (pollution, environmental destruction, power and money). Consequently, these survivors always have to remind that the very little things that gave their fellow humans a sense ofhttps://image.jimcdn.com/app/cms/image/transf/dimension=1920x400:format=jpg/path/s1150a3a189ce1120/image/i3d771eb986ba5128/version/1478710408/image.jpg superiority and even power and omnipotence, were what had killed them in the end. The narrator’s description is abundant, allowing our mind to travel in breathtaking landscapes. It will take you from deep inside a mystical forest at the beginning of times through to the twenty-first century and the fall of civilization.

When we start reading Seasons of Heaven, we enter in a dream with unclear contours but details that guide us in our own travel. We can feel oppressed or delighted to the point of being a prisoner of his dream or on the contrary, having the wish to stay there for a long time… I remember that I finished reading the book with a strange feeling and I had to wait for several days in order to finally get to think straight about my impressions.

Nevertheless, Seasons of Heaven surely will awaken your imagination and open your mind to possibilities you may never have considered. As long as you will read the novel, you’ll question everything you thought you knew about humanity and begin to realize that the possibility of things existing, that can’t be seen with our eyes but only felt within our hearts and souls, really do exist.https://image.jimcdn.com/app/cms/image/transf/dimension=1920x400:format=jpg/path/s1150a3a189ce1120/image/i31b31dc6cf803450/version/1478710408/image.jpg

« Le soleil pointe au-dessus des montagnes, illuminant le ciel de rose et de violet. L’hiver est à la porte, l’été refuse de le laisser entrer, une bataille de couleurs vibrantes résonne à travers la campagne. »

Victoria

 

« I know that I am young but I am ready for the great responsibility that lies before me. »

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Alright my dear people,

As it is the last article we are writing on this blog, I’ve decided to talk about a very british work. Oh no, not the most famous book ever, but another TV show I have discovered a few weeks ago.

Yes indeed, first of all let me tell you that, it’s not an action-packed and bloody one.

Ladies and gentlemen here comes the famous Queen Victoria of Great Britain. And as you can guess, this show deals with her life, but not only about her duty…

Indeed in this period drama, you’ll follow her from the beginning of her reign, whenRésultat de recherche d'images pour "victoria tv show" one day, people annonced that she was the Queen. Not as a direct heir, because some are dead, some can’t, so yeah everything now lie on Victoria’s shoulders, a 18-years-old young woman. As you can imagine, that’s far from being easy tu rule a country when you are a young, energetic and capricious person.
That’s pretty easy however to identify yourself as her : you can easily fancy what it takes to be the ruler of an organisation like the United Kingdom ! She had to be brave to support it all. We may not agree with the ruler’s ideas and actions, but here you can’t deny that it was a hard position for her : an aspect that the show shows pretty well.
And of course, when you’re young what are you thinking about most 
of th and so (and you know they were close since they had 9 children !! No time to chill heh).

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Thus with everything that happened they had matters to make a good show and they did. Nice scenes, well-filmed and pretty funny with a touch of History : a good result to sum it up.

What’s pretty interesting too is the fact that they used Victoria’s personal diary so theyRésultat de recherche d'images pour "victoria tv show dash" could make the show closer to reality, and to show some scenes of her intimacy with her mother, her prince… And her dog, Dash : the cute aspect of the show. A good story is rarely good without a dog you know. Just kidding but dogs are always a positive point in storys. Hahaha that’s only my point of view though !

In a nutshell, Victoria is a worth-watching TV show if you want to know a little more about an important personality in Great Britain. There’s only 1 season now, but they are working for the second-one as I am talking to you. This was for me a great discovery, with very skilled actors moreover. Have no regrets and am waiting eagerly for the next season !

Over. 🙂

The Man in the High Castle

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Seeing that you may be as intrigued as I was when I first saw this poster. What the heck happened to NY city ? Let’s discover that together !

“The future belongs to those who change it”

Hello dear people,

Today’s an important day since it’s the first time ever I’m going to write about a TV show. The first-one I succeeded in finishing, that’s a red-letter achievement in my little life.

But let’s stop talking nonsense and focus about the amazing thing I’m going to deal with. As you read it in the title, this is called “The Man in the High Castle”. Did you know it was based on a sci-fi book written by Philip K. Dick ? No ? now, you know at least.

Well, summarizing the story won’t be easy but I’ll try to make something spoiler-free and a lit’ entertaining.

Right, imagine that something in our history drastically changed, I mean an important event.

What if the Allies didn’t win WWII ? And if the Axis (aka Germany, and Japan mainly) did ? Well you’ve got the context of The Man in the High Castle. That’s what you call “alternate history”.

Now in these dark times, where the world is ruled by the german “Reich” (=Empire in Résultat de recherche d'images pour "the man in the high castle"german), the story that interests us is set in the USA. No, not the usual USA you know, rather the USA that is split in 3 parts :

 

 

In this TV show, you’ll follow the story of several characters, and besides what makes also the strength of it, is the fact that you don’t follow only one type of person. Clearly, you’ll face the story of a Nazi man, a Japanese inspector, resistance‘s activists, parents and so on.

I assure you won’t get lost and that is really interesting to have different opinions about what’s going on, and sometimes you know things that others ignore… That is really well done & convincing since all the stories have a link ya see, it adds a great dramatic intensity to the show, sometimes the suspense kills you ! It’s freaking well made, you’ll shiver I guarantee !

« Each one of these films shows a reality like our, but not ours ». Here the link, the Man in the High Castle produces films. But not ordinary films, it shows something different, that is considered as a threat for Hitler (he’s still alive in this world since the story is set in the 60s)… You’ll discover why.

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Last but not least my dears, the actors in this show are AWESOME, but really. They’re playing their role and it’s great. It’s not the average TV show with shitty (sorry) actors. They may be no famous like DiCaprio, Will Smith (I don’t say they’re bad actors 😉 just an
example ! I’m talking about the fame) but really Rufus Sewell, Joel de la Fuente, Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank and the others are just simply amazing. The same for the filming, the shots, the set, the props, the visual effects, the story : everything will blow your mind. Ahaha but don’t expect it to be funny, it’s not.

In a nutshell, even if you don’t like history, you may like this TV Serie since it has many, many qualities. What could be even better than a show, in which you can hear english, german & japanese ? 3 in 1, that’s a good deal, I say 😉

A MOVEABLE FEAST – HEMINGWAY

If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”

A moveable feast is an autobiography written by Ernest Hemingway and dating back to 1964. During his old age in the fifties, Hemingway decided think back to what happened when he was young by writing this book.
He depicts his life in the 1920s when he arrived in Paris. He was then 22 and began to live a bohemian life in France. When he arrived in Paris, he was a journalist but soon gave up to be devoted only to literature.
He tells us how he managed to live for next to nothing, wishing being known for his writing. In Paris, he met some famous authors, who were also expatriates, such as Fitzgerald, Ezra Poung and James Joices to name a few. Hemingway made his own way through literature world by earring advices of these writers who became his friends.
The readers discover a new Paris, so far away from the one we know nowadays. A Paris where everything is possible, a cheap and a friendly one, with parties and cosy clubs everywhere. In brief, he depicts a city full of culture and artists. As the author said :

“this is how Paris was in the early days when we were very poor and very happy”.

This is what I loved about it: it is a hymn to life. What’s more, it had a special resonance after the terrorist attacks of 13th November given that this book symbolizing the French art of living.

A FAREWELL TO ARMS – HEMINGWAY

A Farewell to arms is the third novel written by Ernest Hemingway which dates back to 1929. Hemingway, well-known for his famous writings such as for whom the bell tolls, a moveable feast, the old man and the sea, is also a nobel prize laureate in literature.

The novel depicts the twentieth years of Frederic Henry during the First World War. Frederic is a young American who volunteers to work for Italian ambulances. One of his comrade (friend during this war), Rinaldi, introduces him to a young British woman, Catherine Berkley. He starts to seduce her, and gradually falls in love with her. After he gets hurt at the front, he is sent to an hospital where Catherine is also assigned. Here, their relationship begins and they both fall in love with each other. Afterwards, he tells their life where they try to survive with Catherine’s pregnancy and their urge to escape from this war. They will try to reach Switzerland where, they think, they can be free and happy… I think it is also worth noting that the tittle has a double meaning. First, there is the question of the war, then arms can also imply Catherine’s arms, that he will have to leave… This book is quite a moving one: during the war, love is not an easy thing.

A farewell to arms can be considered as an autobiographical novel. Indeed, Frederic’s characters is quite similar to Hemingway. Like him, Hemingway was also volunteer for the Italian Red Cross, he also gets hurt and also met a British nurse during his convalescence.

« Water for Elephants », Francis Lawrence, 2011.

« Water for Elephants » is a american romantic drama movie directed by Francis Lawrence in 2011. It’s an adaptation from the historical romance novel « Water for Elephants » written by Sara Gruen in 2006.

Sara Gruen is a Canadian author and also an American citizen. She stands up for the animal’s protection and takes part in some organizations to protect animals and wildlife. We can suppose that she wanted to refer to her implication with her tittle, while keeping an historical aspect.

This story refers to the great Depression during the 30’s, in the USA.

The plot begins with the apparition of an old man in a small travelling circus. He is separated from his nursing home group. He meets Charlie O’Brien, the proprietor of the circus. Both characters strike up a conversation and Charlie learns finaly that the old man is Jacob Jankowski (Robert Patinson), who was a veterenary student and a member of the most spectacular Circus’ show on the Earth : The Benzini Brothers.

He begins to tell his journey. He begins with the fact that it was a fabulous and giant show, which was never seen during all the Circus’ history. But, quieckly, he keeps going with the bad side of the Circus’ wings. He tells us about the sordid aspect of the wings and of his boss. Quieckly, we understand that the conditions in this environment were intolerabled, mostly after the arrival of Rosy, a magnificent elephant, sentenced to make the show in horrible conditions.

The story redraws the life of Jacob in the Benzini Brother Circus, and also his fight against the ill-treatment and abuse with animals, like Sara’s implications, and also humans beings’ conditions.

I was in love with this movie because I find that it’s a very importante problem in our society today. The animal’s consideration is very important for me, and this movie touched me very much. The story isn’t only a romance with Jacob and Marlena (Reese Witherspoon), it’s also a very animal’s attachment, and a good lesson to learn. I love it.

Bye !

« The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry », Rachel Joyce, 2012.

« The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry » is a novel, which was written by Rachel Joyce, and it was published in 2012.

This beautiful story refers to a part of Rachel’s Life. Rachel Joyce is a English novelist. She decided to write this adventure of Mr. Fry during the time where her father was very sick and in terminal stage of disease..

In this fabulous story, the main character, Harold Fry, a old man, received a letter from a former friend, Queenie Hennessy, who is very sick and in end-stage too (like Rachel’s father)…

In his boring life, Harold and his wife lose all interest to each other… When he read the Queenie’s letter, he wants to make his life better and aims to save Queenie. So, Harold decides to write at his friend, and go to post his answer. He was just gone to mail a letter, and finally, he will travel thousand kilometers. When he arrives to the post office, he says him that he can go to the next town. When he arrives to the next town, he says him that he could go to the next town again, and so on …

Finally, he goes to live a wonderful adventure (87 days) during his travel. He will meet a lot a new people and events. Harold has only one objective « I will walk and you will live Queenie ».

I find this book very beautiful and good, because the character of Harold is so engaging, brave, with a lot of will to save his friend and maybe his couple. He might refer to Rachel, who wanted to save her father too… Really, it’s a very simple reading, but it gives us a good lesson of life … Beautiful !

If I Stay

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If I Stay is written by Gayle Forman, a American journalist, she is known for her articles. If I Stay is a novel, which it was adapted to a film in 2014. There is a second novel entitled Where She Went.

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I am going to talk about the first roman If I Stay. It is about a young girl Mia. She is happy, a simple life, with her parents, her little brother : Teddy and her boyfriend : Adam Wilde who is in a rock band and she has a promising career as a violinist. But one day, Mia and her parents want to go to her grand-parents, despite there is snow. Then they have an accident.

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This story is beautiful, and with a great sensibility. I was affected until the end. But I don’t understand very well the end.

La Passe-miroir : Les Fiancés de l’hiver

La Passe-miroir is written by Christelle Dabos, a not very well-know French writer. This novel is a French fantasy novels who is in four volumes. In my article, I am going to talk about the first volume Les Fiancés de l’hiver. It won the first edition of the contest of the first novel youth organized by Gallimard Jeunesse.

La Passe-miroir is about a fantasy world, because the world is destroyed and there are only small islands called “arches”. In ark reigns a « family spirit », they are immortal beings who are the common ancestor of the inhabitants of the arches to whom they have transmitted powers. And the main character of this story is a young woman, her name is Ophelie, she lives in “Anima ark” and she is a “reader”, this means that she can read into objects, and thanks to that, she can know the past of these objects and to whom the objects belonged. She feels emotions and feelings. This power is rare but she has got another power that is rarer; she can cross into the mirrors. She works in a museum, where she loves work, because she likes use her “reader” power. She is an awkward, lonely and reserved character, and she lives only for her work.

But one day, her life changes, because she must marry a man whom her family has chosen for her, his name is Thorne, he comes from “The ark of the pole”. He is a cold, gruff and wicked man like his “ark”.And Ophélie must live in “ark of the pole”. She will have to adapt in a country where betrayal, wickedness and assassination attempts reigns, she must follow and obey without necessarily accepting it. And she has no family to help and no one she trusted. She can count on her powers to help herself.

I loved this novel, because it is a fantasy world that the author presents us. This is a world that is truly innovative, and there are many characters with different behaviors (whether you like them or not). It is a rich world! And the characters of Thorne and Ophelie are endearing!

Bad girls throughout history

   This book, written by Ann Shen, is about, as the subheading says, 100 remarkable women who changed the world, such as Josephine Baker, Marie Curie, etc… You can read about how these powerful women, from multiple eras and places changed history to make the world a better place. One page is dedicated to each of them, explaining what they did next to a beautiful watercolour portrait illustration.

   What I really liked about this book were the facts that it is very pleasant to read and it changes from a typical history book. The format is quite nice with the text and picture for each woman. It is very informative but also inspiring and fascinating. It allows us to know more about some women we’ve already heard about and to discover new ones at the same time. This book is very human, it is a great celebration for women and gives hope to an even better place for them in the world today.

Moonlight

Moonlight is an american drama that was directed by Barry Jenkins and came out in 2016, it was adapted from a play. The movie received 3 oscars including best picture.

   It is about the story of Chiron, a black man living in a rough neighbourhood in Miami. The movie is divided in three parts. The first one is when he was a child, he was excluded from the other people in his school who were mean and chased him. The second part is when he was a teenager, still bullied by the students in his class. The last one is when he is an adult. Between his tough school environment and his drug addict mother, he tries to accept his homosexuality and find his place in the world.

   I absolutely loved this movie for many reasons. First, the story is really touching and shows a lot of poetry and sensibility in a harsh environment. The cast is amazing and all of the actors’ performances are breahtaking, no matter their age. The music is very well used to make the scenes captivating and the images and colors are striking. Although I really liked it, I think the third part could have been a little more exploited.

I am Legend

                I am legend -Richard Burton Matheson 

 

Biography :

Richard Burton Matheson was born in the 20 Februar 1926 in Allenda in New Jersey and he was dead in 23 June 2013 in California. It was a writter and american scenarist. Richard Matheson like the style of science fiction and horror.                                                 Richard Matheson going in the school in Missouri of Journalism . Then have his diplom of journalism he going in California in 1949 and begin the writing. His first success with the first novel, is « Borns of Mar and woman » in 1950. And his secondly success is « I am Legend » writting in 1954 . Thoses book was suitable at the movie.                                         Richard Matheson will also in the cinema and television. He was writte too the text of the series sciences-fiction the « Star Trek » . Richard Matheson inspired lot of artist of sciences-fiction.

Story:

This story tells, that a doctor to find a cancer vaccine. But this remedy is effective. But this vaccine quits the laboratory and he go circulate all over the world. Many peolpe going to die. Nobody peolpe find the remedy for to stop this infection of virus.                                     However, there is a one survivor in the city of New York since 3 Years ago. This is a one Doctor, and he is immune against the virus. He has on house with laboratory and with this he would like to find an vaccine with his blood for the virus. Against 3 Years ago this man hunting of animals in New York, make a different experiments, and to find a foods in different appartment abandoned and he circulate an message in the radio in case there were someone else in the same case as him.                                                                         But one days, he falls in the trap make by the humain mutant, and his dog is contaminate. The Doctor try to save a dog. Sadly his dog is dead and the Doctor can’t respect the laws and will kill many mutants to avenge his dog. However in action a one woman survivor save a life and doctot. But will they succed in find the andidote ?

The adventures of Huckleberry finn – Mark Twai

 ( I really like this film, and after seen it in the classe, i wanted very much to                present it to here !! )

   The adventures of Huckleberry finn – Mark Twain :

biography of Mark Twain:

The real name of Mark Twain is Samuel langhorne Clemens. He was born in 30 November 1985 in Florida and he was dead in 21 April 1910 in Redding. It was a writerand also a humorist.

At first time he was in the army, and Then he was a printer and journalist. He will start by becommung famous with the roman The adventures of Tom Sauyer. This book was published in 1876. and this is a story of a little boys in United States and he has a lot of adventures. There is a element autobiographic because the sotry passed to the same place of life of Mark Twain. However he has a secondly sucess, this are the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , at first this book was published in 1884 in London, and then in New York. In 2007 this book is the fifth best book of the time.

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          This is a story of little boys. He’s name is Huck. He lived in a widow, Douglas  because his father is dangerous. He is alcoholic and he is violent with his son. Huck find a little friend and withh them going in the forest to game with other friends. When he go home Mm Douglas is worry for him because he is dirty and he did’nt eat . One day after this same scene huck going at his bedroom and he discover his father. He is effrayed ! And his father resquet money because he see than Huck  has a lot of money, for this beautiful clothes. And now, the little bo was kidnapped by his father, the horrible man. There are many spat because the father is strict , but Huck succeed in escaping that this badly home. And he make believ in his father, he was dead with a blood in the wall.

He has an another friend, he is Jim, what he discovered when he made a walk in this island. With him, Huck to going with raft in the Mississipi River. And his friend he’s black and he would like find a state free because he is research. Huck would like away from his father. There is a eventful life in the Mississipi. River, isn’t rest. In the Mississipi they two friend meet a lot of peolpe, or boat… The goal of Jim is to going as far as Cairo but on the way he would like to sell the raft for them to take a steamboat. Jim wants to be free and he wants earn money fo his family. But Huck want to denouce Jim, because he is black and a slave. Huck hasn’t allowed, to have a slave with him. However Huck doesn’t do that because he is friend.

One day they two friends gather two gangster, LouisXVII and the other Duc of Bridgewater. The two gangster this make pass for brother and wants to take money of all peolpe.( it was the first of their adventures) . Then, Huck want again accused Jim, because he is a slace free. Huck go to writte one letter and he will send it to Miss Watson. After this Jim is stopped. But HUck isn’t better with him. Huck trie to save his friend from slavery.

When they two friens are free,what we can see them to other adventures? (for know this, watch the film ! )

Culottées, Pénélope Bagieu

Apache warrior or Hollywood mermaid, lighthouse keeper or bearded woman, gynecologist or empress, these women have shattered the prejudices. Culottées is a comic written and drawn by the French Pénélope BAGIEU. She depicts with humor and finesse fifteen women portraits : exceptional fighters who braved the social pressure of their time to lead the life of their choices. »Culottées » Volume 1 allows the author to bring (or bring back) to light the women who, against all odds, have become in very different fields, great flag bearers for equality between men and women.

Since there is still a lot of work, the artist will decline these portraits in several volumes. The tone is deliberately light and humorous even when these women have paid a high price for their rashness against the most elementary prejudices and rights. These biographies quickly told (this is the regret that can be emitted) makes us want to go further on their stories and document us a little more about these remarkable women.

The drawings are joyful, colorful and funny , as well as the texts. Extraordinary female lives are presented to us. What strength of character, what pugnacity, in these
women. I especially liked Christine Jorgensen the first transsexual woman in history, Josephine Baker, the « so » generous, or Leymah Gbowee, a social worker, who used to experience war and domestic violence.

I also loved the double pages ending each biography, revealing a magnificent drawing, often poetic, perfectly summarizing the life of these women.

A beautiful discovery, and a useful album, to remind (it’s always necessary to do it) that women have a role to play everywhere, on all levels!

A comic to read and watch with pleasure.

Indiana Jones

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Raiders of the Lost Ark, also known as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark is an American action and adventure film directed by Steven Spieldberg and who went of in 1981.

Starring: Harrison Ford, an archaeology professor who lives perilous adventures to get rare artifacts.

Paul Freeman as Doctor René Belloq, the villian of the story. In the film, he is also an archaeologist but he is working for the nazis.

Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood. She is the daugther of Abner Ravenwood the mentor of Indiana and she is also in love of Indiana.

The story takes place during the year 1936. As the Third Reich continues its reign of terror, Nazis are on a quest for the Ark of the Convenant, resting place of the Ten Commandments, who supernatural powers (like the legend says) can wipe out an entire army. The government of the United States call Indiana Jones to find, before Nazis, this legendary Ark.

It’s one of my favourite film because it mix history, adventure and action. The cast is really good and the film as many humorous scenes which bring some dynamism. It’s also a journey through different countries like Amazonia, Africa and aslo Nepal.

Gotham

Gotham the good the evil the beginningGotham is an action American TV show based on characters published by DC Comics. The show began on Fox on September 22, 2014 and in March 2016 the series was renewed for a third season. It originally tells the story of Gordon’s early days on the Gotham City Police Department but the show include the childhood of Bruce Wayne and several of Batman’s villains: The Penguin, Catwoman, Poison-Ivy, Two-Face or also Hugo Strange.

The cast is:

  • Ben McKenzie as James Gordon
  • David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne
  • Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth
  • Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot/ The Penguin
  • Carmen Bicondova as Selina Kyle/ Cat
  • Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma

There are many others but I chose to put only the main teachers.

I like this TV show because it’s the universe of DC Comics Batman but we are on the origins of the hero. We can see how the murder of Bruce’s parents act on his mind ans how he becomes a regular kid again. We also can see that Gotham is a city full of danger and criminality and also the childhood of many villains. I appreciate the fact that the main character is not Batman but the police captain James Gordon at his beginning. The show mix criminal investigations and events wich allow us to understand better some of Batman’s state of mind.

Les Belles Vies by Benoît Minville.

« Mr. Minville, I do not congratulate you. I do not find it very fairplay to make cry the sensitive boys … I do not congratulate you but thank you! » -Simon Roguet.

 

 

     Today, I’m going to speak about Les Belles Vies by Benoît Minville, a French author that I appreciate a lot. I discovered him in Le Géant who had been a real favorite and then I found him in Je suis ta fille, a good novel also. In the book of today, Vasco and Djib are two inseparable boys from the suburbs, are sent for a summer pension in the heart of the Nièvre … A shock of cultures, with flamboyant characters.

 

     This is the beginning of « holidays » that have totally changed their lives ! Youth people from the stuborn who annoy old ladies on buses, Vasco, of Portuguese origin, and Djib, of African origin, find themselves in a hole lost at the bottom of the Nièvre, with sausage and cows. And some racists. They landed in the house of « Tonton and Tata », respectively 80 and 60 years, who welcomed more than fifty children in their life. Among those present that summer, there are Dylan, an apprentice to a butcher, who has great difficulty in containing a violent temperament, and Jessica, a bimbo who spins a bad cotton. They are brother and sister abandoned by a mother unable to look after them. There is also Chloé, a hippie, pationnated by theater, her past remains a mystery for us. And many other small children, some broken by life, others from former residents of Tonton and Tata. All this little world will spend the summer together, they will learn to cohabit, to discover themselves by spending a maximum of time together. They will do what the children do in holiday camps, bathing, cooking, tinkering, cycling, spending evenings together around a good DVD, like simple children gathered in a holiday home. Vasco and Djib will then discover another form of life and fulfillment in this lost village while encountering quite a lot of difficulties, between the racists of the village, the Dylan’s hot boiling temperament, the conflicts with some other young people of the village not really happy to see these younth of suburbs and the nascent attraction for the girls. Our two boys will have to learn to grow and begin gradually to behave differently than they were before they came. We quickly admire the characters of Tonton and Tata, this couple who is retirement age but who decided to give his love and energy to his children treating like theirs.

     The story is simple as life on this farm in the Nièvre where you spend your days preparing meals, gather mushrooms, walk the paths by bike or plunge into the waters of the lake a few kilometers away. What is striking is the sound of the book. the accuracy, the pulsation, the emotion it releases. The text runs, he burns, laughs and the tears come to the eyes, the words are simple, sensitive and generous. To tell you the truth, what initially caught my attention was the fact that this story is happen in the Nièvre. Yes, it should speak to me, since I know rather well the place to live there. I was curious to see how Benoît Minville perceived the region. I have in the book, a familiar atmosphere of rural life. Each member of this « heart » family has its past, its history. The reader attends, silent, the first emotions, the doubts, the evolution of the characters on the road to maturity.Benoît Minville gives us a story full of tenderness and sincerity, with the help of all these destinies struck by life, without, however, embellishing the difficulties that sometimes exist at a very early age. He talks about the social fractures and testimony of a certain talent to tell the jolts of the adolescence. He draws portraits of attracting characters without ever falling into the caricature. This novel, it is a parenthesis out of time, a privileged moment. A summer where wounds begin to heal, even if the path a long. A summer of first time. Little moments of happiness that make everything. It is a novel of tolerance, of life, of humanity, born by true words, in which one senses all the passion, the hope, the tenderness, all the emotions of these children in boiling. A novel of which it would have been desirable that it never end, somewhat like when comes the end of the summer.

 

     To conclude, I can say Les belles vies is the story of broken children who try to rebuild themselves in contact with each other. Many obstacles will stand in their way because, yes, life is far from being a quiet river. And it’s hard to get up after being pierced right in the heart. So imagine the pleasure of seeing them evolve ! They are so touching that I only can only be encourage them.This summer will be memorable for our characters and I find that it is a perfect novel, although it deals with serious topics.

Unforgettable (Pure Love) by Lee Eun Hee.

     

 

 

 

Being a fan, since many years, of one of the most beautiful countries in the world that is South Korea. I noticed that I had never written articles about something of here.

 

  

 

     Today I’m going to speak about an amazing drama entitled Unforgettable (Pure Love) created by Lee Eun Hee and Han Chang-Hoon in 2016. This film goes back twenty-three years in a small fishing village where a small group of friends who had lost sight of each other had spent their summer holidays together. This film is composed of two parts : the first is happy and makes us really happy to share these moments with our heroes, and the second most sad makes us cry and suffer with them. In the end it’s a bit like life.

     We go back in time to find ourselves in the 1990s, twenty years ago. The charm of vintage operates (besides the clothes like the overalls that our heroine wear). We follow the holidays of these teens. They always smile, they’re happy, they’re best friends. I also greatly appreciated the gone back in time and all the questions that our protagonists raise. For example, their questions about « What is the age to become an adult ? 20 ? 30 ? or 40 years » ? Gave me a lot of thought. As they say, the common idea is that you become adult when you are responsible, then people who are not adult will never be adults ? If Pure Love is presented as a love story (from the title) to me, it goes much further. I would even say that before being a love story it is a story of friendship, a testimony of life, of a generation. Throughout the film, he has several things that are pointed with the finger and it offers a lot of depth to the story. Their friend, Soo-Ok is disabled and for them they will break all the rules to help her and realize her dreams. Being together makes them happy. Besides, almost all the moments they share in this first part made me smile. The atmosphere was really cool, warm, cheerful, the perfect vacation.

     In the middle of the movie, the clouds darken the sky under which our friends band was amusing. This part was really sad. I don’t cry a lot, but I can say, with this film I shed a torrent of tears and that I put a little time to recover so much I felt sad and unhappy for our characters. The moment when we learns that she can no longer walk has been the click to make all the intrigue tip and everything has become more poignant, sadder, harder. A little as if reality was always catching up. Because for there to be happiness, we must also have misfortune, without this duality we would not be able to appreciate our moments of joys. The second part shows the love. In the first part, it is clear that Beom-Sil has a weakness for his friend, but there is no advantage of elements, not romantic scenes. And I want to say : fortunately. While with this second piece of film, we have a beautiful scene that touched me very much : the umbrella scene. I found it so beautiful and poignant when he drops the umbrella and kisses him in the pouring rain. The other scene that struck me (that made me burst into sobbing) is when he goes down to look for it under water while it drowned and pressed against him. I Found it so hard…And sad.

     This group of friends particularly moved me for all their moments of complicity, of help, but also, somewhere, their disputes which makes it a kind of mirror of each one of us. Regrets, fears, anxieties, dreams, etc. The mistakes that we can make, say under anger, tenderness and the sharing of happiness when we feels united. Everything blends as if to depict a picture of adolescence and of that age so complicated that leads us to the moment when one will be adult. Soo-Ok, is afraid, desperately, of being left behind because of her handicap, she can’t have the same life as them. Going to school, going out into town, all this is impossible for him because of her leg that drags on. She clings to the hope of being able to be operated on, when she learn that it will be impossible, she said, « Am I a human being ? Not being able to walk alone, I am only a burden for others », and these are her last words before she committed her suicide into the wild sea.

     To conclude, I can say that it’s a really touching film that ended with a little note of hope, like the light at the end of the tunnel. I advise him with great force for human adventure, all these contradictory feelings and because this film will mark me for a long time, I am sure. Once again gathered, to meet and return near Soo-Ok. Their homage made me think again of the beautiful procession that they had made to her and to the full strength of their friendship. Soo-Ok said they had to be friends until they were 40 years old but it was at that moment that they found themselves, in her memory. I was also pleased to see that they had never forgotten when they each took their turn out of their door leaf that famous photo they had made younger. 

The characters :

Bum-Sil

Soo-Ok

San-Dol

Gae-Duk

Gil-Ja

Amadeus- Milos Forman

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Hey everyone !

Directed by Milos Forman, Amadeus is an American movie released in 1984 which is inspired by a Pouchkine play intitled « Mozart and Salieri ».                     This adaptation was a real success because of its 50 Awards in numerous competitions.                                                                                                             As its name suggests, it’s about the Mozart’s Life, the child prodigy also well-known as a really talented composer.Fichier:Wolfgang-amadeus-mozart 1.jpg — Wikipédia

Mozart was born in Salzbourg in 1756 and died in 1791 in Vienna. As a child, he composed his first minuet in 4 years old, his Symphony in 8 years and finally his Opera in 12.

He was a virtuoso of the piano of the violin, and he devoted his life to the music : He had one goal : Be the pride of his father, a great musician, that he admired.              

Since his 3 years, he got the perfect pitch and a fabulous memory who anabled him to replay music he heard as will.

The movie talks about a conflict between Mozart and Antonio Salieri, an Italian musician who lived in the same Period as the first one.Amadeus" de Milos Forman (1984) : Les pires erreurs historiques dans ...

It begins with Mozart ( played by Tom Hulce) as young who plays piano for the King of Austria : We follow his evolution age by age and the growth of his popularity in the world. Because of his virtuosity, and his musician talents, Salieri who have to collaborate with him will become jealous and make anything to destabilize him.

The Movie depicts a Mozart really selfish, arrogant and pretentious : Indeed, he amadeus è un film che narra la biografia di wolfgang amadeus mozart ...thinks that he is the « master », perhaps because of his education. Some people hypothetize that the real one had the same state of mind. According to him, his music is something beautiful, great and it’s the best.

That’s why, Salieri wants to get rid of him. As well, he will make everything in his power to become the most musician desired by the Austria nobility.

On the one hand, Mozart lead a very hard carrier : Despite of his magnificient works, like the opera :  The magic flute  or his Requiem , he will live a really precarious life : He give no more piano lessons, his beloved Father died and his works don’t give him enough money to live with his wife, Constanze.

On the Other hand, Salieri seems to have a really easy life : ... Amadeus, 1984 (dir. Miloš Forman) | the diary of a film historyHe plays for the weathiest of the country and is delighted of the financials problems of his rival.

We discover musics in their context : For instance, Requiem was written at the Mozart’s father death : Indeed, it’s a really dark and oppresive music.

 

At this Time, Mozart is in bad conditions. The death of Mozart is depicted with a lot of tensions, darkness, sadness and he composes until his exhaustion.

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I really appreciate this movie : It tell us the story of the amazing Classic composer with a poetic dimension, where the feelings and emotions are conveyed by the musics : It is clearful in particular at the end.

All of the Mozart’s compositions are choosen depending on the moments and the atmosphere of the scene of the movie, and makes it more incredible and deep.

However, we have to know that there wasn’t any conflict between Antonio Salieri and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart : Indeed, they knew each other but hadn’t collaborate or being in quarrel.

It’s a perfect invention !

I think that this movie helps to understand the animated and restless life of the Austrian composer, without forget the context of that time : The composer didn’t live of them works, they had to give piano or violin lessons.

Do you know this movie ? 🙂

Here one extract of the movie : (Mozart plays one one the Salieri’s compositions. and wants to change it.)

Sophie Scholl, The Final Days – Marc Rothemund

Sophie Scholl, The final Days, (Die letzten Tage in german) is a german film directed by Marc Rothemund, released in 2005. The movie was nominated at the Berlinale in 2005 and won Silver Bear awards for Best director and Best Actress concerning Julia Jentsch who plays one of the protagonist : Sophie Scholl. Even if there was no awards at the Oscar’s ceremony, it was presented as the Best Foreign Language Film.

Who is Sophie Scholl ?

Sophie Magdalena SCHOLL was born the 9 may 1921 in Fortchtenberg in Germany and was executed the 22 February in Munich.

She was one of the main leaders with Hans, her brother, of the Weiße Rose (translated by White Rose) , created in 1942 , a German resistance group against the dictatorship led by Hitler. Today, she’s an inspiration for the germans.

Based on Real facts, the plot is about the Sophie Scholl
and Hans Scholl’s life during the second world war in germany. We follow them into the White Rose Organization.

Their goal is really simple : Raise compatriots’ consciousness and fight in a passive way through leaflet distributed in Munich : However, whereas the siblings were handing out the flyers in the Munich University, they were arrested by the police.

Subsequently, they are asked by the gestapo investigator (political police during the Third Reich) about these flyers : Although Sophie denied being culprit, and told she was apolitical, the investigator doesn’t want to believe her and led her and Hans in the Jail waiting to her Trial.

Guily of High Treason, the Scholl’s siblings and Christopher Probst, a friend who is also involved into this case, are judged by Roland Freisler, the well-known german Judge, president of people’s court in the Nazi regime, who was held responsible of thousands and thousands death sentences.

As in the real life, the Freisler’s Actor plays the role of a very bossy, authoritative, nasty,ruthless man who does not carry of the accused. The Trials didn’t take a lot of time : Indeed, the judgment fell very quickly most of the time.


After having questioned the White Rose members students, the judgment falls : The execution of the protagonist. Whereas someone told to Sophie that she could have 99 days waiting to her killing, she will be executed the same day.

 

Before leaving the Court’s room, she said  :

where we stand today, you will stand soon“

And the movie ends at her last words  :

« Es Lebe die Freiheit »

( translated by ‘Long Live Freedom » which is not meaningless.)

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I saw the Movie in VOSTA (Original Version with English substitles) and I found it really admirable as much by actor’s play as the adaptation of the real history facts. Indeed, we found the historical context of the second world war and the movie present Sophie and Hans as Heroes of their time : They made a lot to improve things during the Hitler’s dictatorship which led to oppression and Terror.

They fight against them in a passive way with a Resistance Group and entered in History like many other groups like Red orchestra, or Edelweiss Pirates. Unfortunately, all of these didn’t be active for a long time before be dismantled by the Nazis.

Through this adaptation we can see how was the situation in this time and how hard it was. The Original Version gives us a lot of shivers because of the Protagonist’s Anger, anxiety, and hopelessness face to the Totalitarian Regime which are accentuated in german (according to me).

Have you seen it? 🙂

Here’s the trailer :

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Lion, Garth Davis

Hi everybody !

Today I would like to talk about the movie Lion directed by Garth Davis, and adapted from the novel A long way home written by Saroo Brierley.

Garth Davis is a young australian beginner in the film industry, with only « big » creation : a TV serie name Top of the Lake with Jane Campion. However in realizing Lion Garth Davis is at the top of the great directors. Lion is an autobiographical film from a true story.

It’s the story about Saroo, a young indian boy, who gets lost in India. After days of walking the little boy arrives in Calcutta, capital of West Bengal, city of nearly 4,5 million inhabitants. During few months Saroo wanders and learns to survive alone before being hosted in an orphanage and being adopted by an Australian couple. 20 years later Saroo still lives in Australia but his memories, his biological family, his roots call him to their search.

Lion became one of my favorite movies. The authenticity of the actors and the sets ( the film was shot in the town of Calcutta). The director shows us the reality without embellishing it, notably by denouncing the actual penomenon of children left in the streets ending by disappearing in thousands without the government reacting. Dev Patel (Saroo adult) and Sunny Pawar ( Saroo child), interpret briantly the character with a certain humility what makes the character very endearing. During this film we cry, we smile but on leaving we ask ourselves the right questions about our human condition for example.

« Do you have any idea what it’s like ? How everyday my mother screams my name ? »

Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck

Hi everybody !

Today I would like to talk about the book Of Mice and Men written by John Steinbeck.

John Steinbeck is an american author. His novels took place regularly in Californie, the birthplace of Steinbeck. He also often stages common characters, of working class confronted of the Great Depression or of the Dust Bowl. Of Mice and Men was published in 1937. There is a cinematographic adaption with John Malkovich and Gary Sinise (1992).

The book deals with two characters, George Milton and Lennie Small. Both are ranch workers who move from place to place in California in search of a new job during the Great Depression. These two friends have a same dream: they want to have their own farm and raise rabbits. On the one hand there is George described as small but with strong hand. On the other hand there is Lennie Small, unlike his friend he is very tall and strong but it is a mentally disabled (there is a link with his name).

I read this book when I was in 3ème, and I re-read it not very long ago, and it always a pleasure. I was transported into the universe of Steinbeck from the very first page of the novel. But I think that the thing I prefer are the characters because I found their friendship very touching. However my favorite character is Lennie, I don’t know really why, but I think his innonce contributed to my attachment to this character. In brief this book is a masterpiece to read urgently !!

      “Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other.”

Scorpion

Hello!

 

For the last article, I’d like to talk about one of my favourite series: Scorpion. I have started it recently, thanks to a good friend (hi Jeanne), but as soon as I watched the first episode I loved it and I immediately hooked on the concept, which seems to be slightly different from what I have seen.

Scorpion is an american serie produced by Nick Santora and released on September, 22, 2014. There are three seasons, and it was renewed for a fourth one ! It is based on Walter O’Brien’s life, a computing expert who founded « Scorpion Computer Services Inc. » and who has one of the biggest IQ in the world (he has hacked NASA when he was only 13).

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Now let’s talk about the series. « Scorpion » is the name of a team composed of four genius : Toby Curtis, a behaviorist graduated from Harvard, Sylvester Todd, a human calculator, Happy Quinn, a great mechanic and Walter O’Brien, one of the most intelligent person in the world. But as they’re genius, they don’t really know how to interact with others and express their feelings. So they « hired » Paige Dineen, a former waitress who helped them in the first episode. Her role is simple : she helps them to « translate the real world », as they said. It means that she helps them to interact with « normal » people. In exchange, they help her to understand her son, Ralph, who is also a genuis. Finally, the last (but not least!) member is Cabe Gallo, a Federal Homeland Security Agent. Together, they deal with different problems which require their intellectual capaticies. They always do their best to help Homeland Security, and sometimes to save lives. There are many turnarounds, and they often have to b
reak the law (for instance, they can hack governmental computers).

              

 

All along the series, you see the character’s evolution through the cases they have to face. Even if sometimes it seems impossible to solve, Scorpion always make it. Also, the actors perfectly fit their roles. According to me, Toby is the funniest character since he analyses his friends’ behaviors. Moreover, watching them reasoning in such a scientific way makes you want to become a genius…! But unfortunately, our IQs are lower…

I really advice you to start this series. It gathers all the ingredients of a good one : great actors, action, suspense, humor, and even love stories…

The series faced many bad reviews but when you think about it, the idea of presenting the daily life of a team of genius rescuing people can be complicated. Unless a real genius produces it, you can’t have detailled theories or calculations. Nonetheless, I don’t think it removes credibility because their explanations seem relevant. And no one needs to have made long scientific studies to understand their reasoning. 

Let me know if you’re a fan, or if you already watched it.

the Spy – Paulo COELHO

Today I would like to talk about Paulo Coehlo’s last novel : the Spy. The novel tells the story of Mata Hari, a woman accused  of spying for the Germans and so betraying her country.  Coelho imagines one of the last letters  that Mata Hari wrote from her prison, a week before her execution , to his lawyer  and the answer of the last one.

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Margaretha Geertruida Zelle, also known as Mata Hari, arrived in Paris in the early 20th century. She managed to become a famous dancer and to seduce her public, including affluent and powerful men. But admiration soon gave place to jealousy. Arrested in 1917, she is shot in the courtyard of the fortress of Vincennes at the dawn of October 15. The prosecution is simple : we think Mata Hari  stood with the Germans during the First World War. However, it had appeared during her trial that she never provided the least valuable information, either to the Germans nor to the French. Then, why these accusations?

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Through his novel, Paulo Coelho makes Mata’s voice heard. Page after page, we learn more and more about this woman in search of freedom. He makes us think about this improper execution. All along the book, he captures the legend and takes us into the universe of the 1900s and of the First World War. We are absorbed by Mata Hari’s destiny, an innocent woman who was shot. Perhaps she was guilty of being free, of enjoying life, money and men, of becoming one strong woman. According to Coehlo, guilty of being « one of the first feminists ».

 

I admit that before reading it, I didn’t know who Mata Hari was. If I bought this book, it’s only because I like the writer and the cover looked nice. And honestly, I don’t regret! Coelho’s writing makes the novel easier to read, and in the end you’re just like « wow it is sooooo fascinating! » If you’ve also never heard about Mata Hari’s story, I advice you to read the book. As a huge fan of both history and Coelho, I obviously loved this novel! It is incredibly captivating and interesting. By the way, a few movies about Mata Hari’s life also exist. 

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 I promise it’s worth reading it! 

Moonlight by Barry Jenkins

“I was a wild li’l shorty, man, just like you. Runnin’ around with no shoes on when the moon was out. This one time, I run by this old, this old lady… I was runnin’, hollerin’, cutting’ a fool, boy. This old lady, she stopped me. She said : “Running around, catching up all that light. In moonlight, black boys look blue. You blue. That’s what I gon’ call you : Blue.”

– So your name Blue ?

– At some point, you gotta decide for yourself who you gon’ be. Can’t let nobody make that decision for you.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            —- Juan to Little Chiron

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As everybody seemed to be literally obsessed with Damien Chazelle’s last movie La La Land, there’s a movie that actually nobody saw it coming from the unknown darkness and like a thin patch of light, Moonlight reversed the trend at the 89th Academy Awards, winning Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Picture…          I personally believed and bet several times that Moonlight would make such a strong entry at these Awards. In a world dominated by American blockbusters and their handsome actors and actresses, Moonlight – as an independent movie – restores us hope.

Directed by Barry Jenkins and based on a play named In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue written by Tarell Alvin McCraney as a drama school project which remained unpublished yet, Moonlight stars Alex R. Hibbert, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders, Mahershala Ali, André Holland and Naomie Harris. It deals with the story of a young Afro-American, Chiron, who tries to live his life in Miami’s deprived neighborhoods. We will follow Chiron’s attempt to find his place in society during three turning points of his life and of his own “identity building” as well : when he’s just a kid, then as he becomes a teenager and finally, when he is an adult.

i. Little

http://worldandwide.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Brody-Moonlight-1200.jpgIn the poor neighborhoods of Miami where drugs activities are in full swing, the little Chiron tries to “survive” as he is harassed by what it seems to be some classmates of him. Moreover, he is confronted to his mother’s addiction for crack and cocaine. In all this mess, he desperately looks for a paternal figure, someone who will be able to help him. He will find this support in the character of one of the neighborhood’s dealer, Juan. As he was his father, Juan will help Chiron to face his own demons and to prepare for what will come next for him as Chiron is about to grow up in a society where “different” people like him are not treated well. Juan advises Chiron to make his own path as he did when he was young. http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/wwfeatures/wm/live/1280_640/images/live/p0/47/xq/p047xqbh.jpgNevertheless, Chiron keeps questioning a lot about himself. Why does he feel himself so different, compared to the other boys ? Why does it seems to be bad ? Why does her mother keep insulting him of “faggot”, because of his difference ?

“What’s a faggot ?                                                                                             – A faggot is… a word used to make gay people feel bad.                              – Am I a faggot ?                                                                                                – You can be gay, but you gotta let nobody call you no faggot.                       – How do I know ?                                                                                              – You just do. I think.                                                                                         – You’ll know when you know.                                                                       [silence]                                                                                                             – Hey… You ain’t gotta know right now, all right ? Not yet”.                                                            —- Little Chiron to Juan and Theresa

ii. Chiron

https://cdn1.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/7367587/20151024_Moonlight_D09_C1_K1_0303_rgb.jpgChiron is now a teenager. At school, he tries to avoid his classmate Terrel who takes a guilty pleasure to bully him. He spends time with Theresa, Juan’s girlfriend, who lives alone after Juan’s death. Chiron’s mother, Paula, is still addicted to drugs and even prostitutes herself. One night on a beach, Chiron and his closest friend Kevin, discuss about their ambitions and the nickname that Kevin gave to Chiron : “Black”. After a moment, they kiss and what it would never happen happens. After that, at school, Terrel forces Kevin to take part in a sort of a http://cdn-lejdd.ladmedia.fr/var/lejdd/storage/images/media/images/moonlight/13215890-1-fre-FR/Moonlight.jpghazing ritual where they have to seriously hurt Chiron. Kevin, willingly, felt himself obliged to follow Terrel’s orders. Then, as Chiron soon understands that nobody can help and understand him, he chooses to do something to stop Terrel from bullying him again and smashes a chair into Terrel’s back. Finally, Chiron is arrested by the police.

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iii. Black

Chiron lives now in Atlanta. Unrecognizable, the adult he has become seems to be https://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/7106591/Moonlight2.0.jpganother person. What made Chiron’s singularity has completely disappeared. In this last part, he will have to face his mother, who lives in a drug treatment center and then, Kevin. Chiron is definitely reluctant to talk to him after all these years…

From Little, he will become Chiron, then Black. From the innocent boy he was, he will have to make his own path in order to become the person he wants. Learning to face his deepest fears, to shape its own personality.

With Moonlight, Barry Jenkins gives us a powerful drama, full of wisdom. With its structure in three parts which makes it a sort of a UFO in the modern cinema, the movie presents three moments of life with three different actors. They all play the role to perfection while they’re giving continuity to the character as he gradually evolves in the story. They deeply build in its roots the character of Chiron in order to make him a strong character which they bring to him a new dimension at each step of the story. The rest of the cast, which constantly gravitates around Chiron, is excellent as well, from Chiron’s mother to Juan and Kevin.

http://cdn.collider.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/moonlight-young-kevin-young-chiron.jpgThe staging and the making of the movie is modest and intimist. Consequently the expression of Chiron’s fears to his classmates and feelings towards Kevin becomes more natural and for godsake, it proves that a movie doesn’t need all the time to have hard and endless scenes with sex on screen so we can deduce the characters share feelings or everything else. This intimacy – as we’re https://pmcvariety.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/moonlight.jpg?w=670&h=377&crop=1regularly very close to Chiron on screen – creates a frontier between him and the rest of the world. This frontier underlines the perpetual loneliness of Chiron, the incomprehension of people, the difficulty of being gay and black in the Afro-American community.

What impressed me most is the use of the silence : indeed, it is omnipresent in the movie. The silence of the sea, of the waves. The silence of an empty corridor. The silence of a boy whose eyes are closed. The silence of a mother, screaming that his son is a “faggot”. The silence of a miserable childhood. The silence of a little boy who looks for a role model, of a lost teenager towards the violence of the world, of a helpless adult who doesn’t http://www.ferdyonfilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Moonlight-e1478558849607.jpgknow what to do with his emotions and feelings. When Juan says “In moonlight, black boys look blue”, the word “blue” also refers to melancholy. Too the blue color is very prominent in the movie (numerous blue clothes, the sea, the scenes’ light at night).

http://img.wennermedia.com/social/21moonlight-master768-768x491-be550c9e-4a5a-425e-8d04-245cf02463f9.jpgThe light is very natural and reinforces the sensation of immersion with Chiron. Thus the gentleness of the staging, allowed by the light, contrasts with the climate of violence and conflicts that Chiron has to deal with. The innocence of the little Chiron also contrasts with the insults he heard, insults he didn’t really understand yet in the first part of the movie as he is just a child so these insults that allude to his difference and his potential sexuality appear clearly abstract to him. His quest in this hostile environment is governed by the law of the strongest. An environment where you can’t show fear, where you have to behave with an extreme masculinity. After all, Chiron’s wish is only to fit in the community without denying who he is.

Moonlight questions a lot, like Chiron questions himself. How can we evolve in an environment that oppresses us ? Does our childhood determine the adult we will become ? Is the society’s power so big that we have to alienate ourselves – completely forgetting who we are and our personality as well – in order to be accepted (like Chiron did in the third part of the movie) ? Lots of questions but no answers for sure. Only silence. And in this silence, Moonlight reveals to be a real masterpiece.

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Scorpion

Who has never dreamt of being a repository of knowledge, possessing an exceptional IQ or acquiring unusual skills? For team Scorpion it’s not a dream, it’s their daily life.

The CBS channel proposed in September 2014 this series dealing with a gifted team that helps the US Department of Homeland Security.

The team includes Walter O’Brien, the fourth smartest person in the world with an IQ of 197 :

Sylvester Dodd, a calculation prodigy and a statistics genius :

Happy Quinn, an outstanding mechanic :

and Tobias Curtis, a world class psychologist graduated from Harvard :

 

Besides the 4 main geniuses and also long-time friends, 3 other people joined the team. Among them we can find Cabe Gallo, the federal officer who recruited the prodigies to deal with high security missions ; Paige Dinneen a former waitress who has to manage the interactions between the geniuses and the « normal » people and Paige’s son named Ralph : a young boy who, as the team, is endowed with extraordinary intellectual capacities.

For the moment, the show is composed of 3 seasons. Right now, this is my favorite series.   I really love it. I spend my all days watching it like a no life person. This is just fascinating, I mean their skills are completely out of the ordinary and I admire the way their brain work. They have no superpowers they are simply brilliant. But this is fictional and sometimes we can wonder « could this be possible in real life ? » and we hope that yes it could be,  because thanks to them, hundreds of lives have been saved and we hope we could do the same. I really recommend it ! ( and I have already converted people here 😉 )

James Dean

Vivre Vite, Philippe Besson

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This novel is a choral novel (romanticized biography) written by Philippe Besson and released in 2015. It traces James Dean’s story through various testimonies of those who have known him.

What about James Dean ?
James Byron Dean – nicknamed Jimmy Dean – better knownby his stage name James Dean, born on the 8th, February 1931 in Marion (Indiana) and dead on the 30th September 1955 in Cholame (California) is an american actor.

He begins his career with a walk-on on Pepsi-Cola advertising in 1950.

He also appears in various TV series such as Studio One, General Electric Theatre, Danger etc…

Since he is a child, he dabbles in theatre. That leads him to act in a play of Andre Gide, called L’immoraliste. Thanks to it, he knows a big success in Broadway, New York, and he is rewarded with the price of the most promising young actor of the year which propels him in the cinema world.

He was not mentionned in the credits for his four first films. It is from East Of Eden directed by Elia Kazan (1955) that he knows his first true movie success :

And it will continue with Rebel Without a Cause, Nicholas Ray (1955)

…and with his last film : Giant by George Stevens (1956)

His untimely demise reinforces the myth around him and his career. That’s why I decided to explain precisely his tragic death :

James Dean always been fascinated by motor racing : he wants to participate in a race in North California. He leaves on the morning, driving a Porsche 550 Spyder with his mechanic Rolf Wutherich. During the trip, a police control fines him for exceeding the speed limit.

James Dean is driving for four hours and suddenly, at a crossroad, near Cholame, a student called Donald Tumupseed pull out in front of him. The two cars collide violently. James Dean dies instantly, Rolf Wutherich is projected out of the vehicle whereas the student gets away only with bruises.

The « irony » of his death is that he has just finished the shooting of Giant, during which a term of his contract forbids him to participate in any motor racing and to drive dangerously. Just before his accident, he was requested for a short film about road safety, encouraging people to drive carefully.

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James Dean is a figurehead of the 50’s and that is why I decided to read this book. I wanted to learn more about him and to understand the infatuation around him.

There are so much interesting things in this book :
First, there are many striking sentences. Metaphors, expressions, short sentences, coarse language or great turns of phrase. I like the way of writing of the author : he takes testimonies that he has sublimated with many sentences. These ones are interesting because it exposes different point of view about James Dean. There is also fictitious « testimonies » of James Dean : pure invention of the author, which refer to various periods of his life : some trace his child’s gaze on significant events such as his mother’s death. This passage was really moving… others were touching for their symbolism, by the words used. The testimonies make us feel so close to his life : we are a kind of stalker. Sometimes, we can identify us to certain moments of his life.

I got the impression to learn so much thing in one book, but I couldn’t remember all. Once the book finished, I should have liked it to continue. That’s the only negative point according to me : it is too short. Such as James Dean’s life.

« Live fast, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse » Willard Motley, Knock on Any Door

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, Dai Sijie

  For a few decades, the whole world has been the stage of brutal, outlandish and bizarre political ideologies, whose Orwellian emblems –Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Pol Pot, Mao and many others- were so ruthless and maybe even bloodier than some Ancient World’s megalomaniac tyrants such as Caligula, this insane and self-absorbed Roman emperor.
But although mankind is supposed to improve and learn of its errors, some recent systems were so Orwellian that even Orwell would have had troubles envisioning them. One of them could be Mao’s Cultural Revolution, which unfold from 1966 to the dictator’s death, about 10 years later. Its purpose was to eradicate the educated upper class in the name of the communist ideology, which implies the equality of people on every level. It aimed at erasing the « Four Olds », so old ideas, old culture, old customs and old habits, which means everything this era’s Chinese society was based on…The so-called « young intellectuals »- youths who attended secondary school- and bourgeois were deemed to be as many ennemies of the people. According to the government, they needed to be « re-educated‘, and to do so, were sent off to the underdevelopped peasants of the countryside, alleged more virtuous. Between 1968 and 1975, around 12 million youths were thus  »rusticated. »

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Dai Sijie, a Chinese filmmaker and writer, who is also the author of the novel I am going to tell you about, was one of these young men. He lived and worked in the Sichuan Province’s mountains between 1971 and 1974 and has then turned his experience into a poetic and touching story « Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress », published in France a few years ago, to huge acclaim. He shows that way China’s ambivalent attitude to both its past and present.

The novel’s narrator, Ma, is a serious, silent, and talented violonist and son of two hard-working doctors, whose crimes were to be « stinking scientific authorities. » His friend Luo, who shares his adventures on the countryside is his whole contrary; not only bold but without scruples in helping himself to what he wants. He is also the son of someone altogether more dangerous: Mao’s personal dentist, who couldn’t prevent himself from telling his relatives about his exalted patient.

 »Here was an eminent dentist stating publicly that the Great Helmsman of the Revolution had been fitted with new teeth, just like that. It was beyond belief, an unpardonable, insane crime, worse than revealing a secret of national security. »

Packed off to the damp, remote mountains that you can easily imagine if you have already seen stylized paintings of pre-Revolutionary chinese landscapes, our first nameless narrator and his friend Luo realize that their « re-education » is entrusted to a group of illiterate and former opium traffickers, whose wisdom is justified by being part of the respectable peasantry. Solicitous to get rid of anything « western » or « reactionary« , the head of the village, called Chief, goes through their belongings and finds a cookbook and a violin. The cookbook is quickly thrown in the fire after the reading of it spreads expressions of longing into villager’s faces. The violin was about to follow the same path, since Chief decreed that it was a toy. No, says Luo, it is for making music and Ma plays it very well. The first bars of one of Mozart’s sonatas sound like an odd birdsong in the mountains as the villagers are completely unaccustomed to classical western melodies and harmonies. They are eventually allowed to keep this strange instrument as they present this piece as « Mozart is thinking of Chairman Mao« . Later on, Chief will hear Swan Lake, but only agrees to like it once the young men insure him that it was « written for Lenin ». The gap is felt between the town and the mountain. The peasants have never seen an alarm clock for instance; they wake up everyday with the sunrise to go to bed at the sunset. This incredible invention leaves the chief flabbergasted, but he finds it very efficient to make the villagers and laborers work in time…until Luo and Ma change the hands so many times, they quickly lost all notion of time.

Indeed, books and ideas that don’t emanate from the ruling regime are forbidden in the village, as well as western music. Life in the village is hard: Luo and Ma are in charge of some arduous tasks, such as backbreaking work in a coal mine or carrying huge containers of human waste down to the fields, where it is then used to fertilize crops. Their daily life is quite dull, until they meet the bold, full of life, beautiful daughter of the local tailor, known as Little Seamstress, who brings a ray of sunshine in their existence. Although she is unschooled, both of the young men grow fondly attached to her, in different ways.

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One of the only true entertainment comes in the form of projection of politically correct North Korean and Albanian movies in another village nearby. Because of their intellectual backgrounds, they are sent by the head of the village to narrate them next to the whole village. The first time they go, they swap the initial plot for an engaging tale, even adding some home-made « snow » crafted from rice skin to enhance their effect. But they soon discover something even more important. One of their bespectacled fellow nicknamed « Four-Eyes« – glasses being of course, the most obvious sign of decadent intellectuals- the coward son of a well-known poet, hides a wooden suitcase full of western books in his hut. After stealing this collection, Luo and Ma begin a new kind of « re-education« ; they read books by Flaubert, Balzac, Kipling, Dostoievski or Gogol out loud for the Little Seamstress. In order not to be caught, the three companions hide their treasure in a far-away cave, where they read the works one at a time, teaching their avid pupil how to read.

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The young Chinese Peasant has already became aware of the existence of an unknown world and is eager for discovering it all. As soon as they read the first book of the case, which is Balzac’s « Ursule Mirouët« , the effect is devastating, absolutely revolutionary for the three of them, since even in the hometown of the two young men, the only western books allowed are the complete works of the Albanian Communist leader, as Albania is « a great friend of China ». The subjects mentioned blow their minds away, as they slowly discover a sensual and romantic world, until then missing from their lives, as the Communist ideology studiously forgets them. Moreover, these are as many deep emotions justified and implified by Balzac and the other authors found in the suitcase. The narrator’s own favourite book is no other but Romain Rolland’s « Jean-Christophe », without which, he says: ‘‘I would never have understood the splendor of taking free and independent action as an individual. »

“It was a totally new experience for me. Before, I had no idea that you could take on the role of a completely different person, actually become that person––a rich lady, for example––and still be your own self.” -The little Seamstress

Luo becomes the Little Seamstress’s paramour, and although his attachement is for sure genuine, he can’t help but trying to « civilize » her and to do so, forces many things upon her. For instance, he wants her to use her arms as she swims, rather than dog-paddling like the other villagers do. He also would like her to speak and act more like a city girl, that she isn’t. However, we can easily wonder about who educates-or re-educates- who in this story… Luo, a quite arrogant character, talks about his « fellow Balzac« , with whom he feels equal and certainly superior to the uncivilized peasants, and even his Seamstress, as he seems to think that he is the only one who can provide something to her, and certainly not the contrary. But here comes the irony; it is not Luo and Ma who understand these stories the most, but the Little Seamstress who read into them the sense of what she was missing in such a petty and backward world, that she decides to leave behind. Dressed in her new western clothes, she runs away without listening to her friends, who later understand the frightening power of literature, and why it is feared by the government. Balzac’s words, that Luo calls a « wizard », transformed the little peasant and rose her consciousness as she left the Sichuan province for the city.

 »Had we ourselves, » the narrator asks,  »failed to grasp the essence of the novels we had read to her? »

Then comes an ellipsis and we are propelled 30 years later. Ma became a successful violonist living in Paris and Luo a father, husband and a professor in dentistry. Although their lives are happy enough, the western culture they embraced looks now common. They both decide to go back to this village they grew up in and it’s merely as if they travelled in time, to the Middle Ages. Nothing changed much, only the crystal-clear laughters of the Little Seamstress are gone with her and Chief’s face looks a lot more wrinkled. They learn that this place lost in the mountains is about to be wiped out by flooding, to build a new electrification dam. The valley will disappear into thin air, just like their memories of this time, that slowly flow by. Both men yearn to see this woman they both loved, but whom they repelled with their books and music. They look after her during a long amount of time, but no avail. Inspired by Balzac, she took control of her life and went exploring this brand new world and herself. But no one knows where she is.

As Luo and Ma are reminiscent of their youth together, their memories are shaped into an underwater vision of this village in 1971, which feels like a tale. The water closes in on them; however it is obvious that something meaningful remains.

The Prestige – Christopher Nolan

« – Do you have anything to say ?

 – Abracadabra. »

You know that I really loooooooove stories with suspense and the psychological thriller, that’s why today I decided to speak about the movie « The Prestige«  directed by Christopher Nolan (and his brother, too). It was released in 2006 and inspired by Christopher Priest’s novel written in 1995. If you like magic, this movie is for you… But just a thing : in magic, the illusion is everywhere and nowhere at the same time.

« The sacrifice, Robert, here is the price of a good magic trick… But it is an unknown notion for you. »

London, at the beginning of the last century… Robert Angier and Alfred Borden are two magicians who are destined for a glorious future. However, a rivalry appears between both friends because of the fatal accident of Angier’s woman. Both enemies aim at destroying themselves by using the darkest secret of their art… This obsession will have dramatic consequences on their circle of acquaintances.

Every great magic trick have three parts or acts. The first part is called « The Pledge » : the magician shows you something ordinary : a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Maybe he asks you to inspect it to see if it is real or normal, but of course…it probably isn’t. The second act is called « The Turn » : the magician turns the ordinary thing into extraordinary. And now you want the secret, but you don’t really try to find it. The final stage of the illusion, « The Prestige », is the part of the magic trick where the unforeseen occurs.

I’m not going to repeat I like this kind of movie but… The Prestige is… a real masterpiece ! The actors are just incredible and the illusion is… waouh, perfect ! I have nothing to say aside from that this is necessary to see it ! 😉

Ex_Machina

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Hi guys!

So today I’ll talk about a movie that I’ve watched recently and who’s stucked in my mind ever since that day: EX_MACHINA.

EX_MACHINA is a psychological, science fiction thriller written and directed by Alex Garland in 2015. This movie won the 88th Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and  has been recognized as one of the ten best independent movies of the year. EX_MACHINA won many awards, overall 20 awards.

This science fiction movie deals with AI, technology progress and their human sides. There’s tree main characters: Ava the AI, Nathan Bateman who is Ava’s creator and the CEO of a successful software compagny (Blue Book) and Caleb Smith, a very skilled Programmer who works for this compagny.

EX_MACHINA is composed of 6 sessions with Ava, which is a very original concept, and every sessions shows us more of Ava’s capacity as a AI and reveals more of her human side too, Ava is really impressive and really looks like a real woman with her facial expressions. The main thing who remind us that she’s a humanoid robot is their robotic parts.

The plot start with Caleb, who won a one-week visit to the isolated but very luxurious home of Nathan. The CEO of Blue Book seems to be very discreet and secretive since he has been working on a futuristic project for few years. At first Caleb thinks he won this contest only for a little break from work, but in fact Nathan tells him that he has been working on a project (Ava) for a long time and needs someone to judge if Ava is genuinely capable of thought and consciousness and if he can relate to it despite the fact that he knows that it’s an artificial robot. More the sessions goes and more Caleb is truly fascinated and attracted to Ava (maybe a bit too much), just like us he’s fooled by Ava’s intelligence.

Nathan’s home is really huge, modern and is based on futuristc houses, every doors are controled by robotic assistances. Nathan gave a card to Caleb which is only able to open his room, nothing else. This element add to Nathan’s mysterious side who can be really nice with his guest when he want to but also very distant…

Ok so I won’t talk more about it because I truly think it’s a great movie and that you guys really should watch it and judge it all by yourself. The thrill is really present and the visual effects are incredibly well made I was amazed by all the work put in it. Normally science fiction movies aren’t my thing, but I think this  movie is an exception. I REALLY advise you to watch it, I think you won’t be desappointed! 😉

Here’s the trailer in case you want to know more about it, but I honestly don’t advise you to watch it entirely if you want to see this movie because I think it spoil the entire story which is really too bad.

The Last Guardian

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Hello guys, so today I won’t talk about a book, movie or song but about an incredible video game: The Last Guardian. Yes you heard me well, The Last Guardian is FINALLY out after all the looooooong wait!! 😀

The Last Guardian is a PS4 action-adventure video-game created by Fumito Ueda and developed by the Team Ico, a Japanese video game development team who has also developed the famous video game Shadow of the Colossus. I won’t talk about the whole story because I didn’t had the chance to play it myself, but I’ve watched the beginning on Jacksepticeye‘s channel (who is my favorite youtuber ever by the way ♥ ) but I still can talk about the plot that I know so far.

The game is based on a fashback narrative told by an old man recounting his experience as a young boy meeting a giant feathered creature named Trico who looks a lot like a griffin. This mystical creature is a mix between a cat/dog (the gesture), a bird (the wings, the feathers and the legs). The name of the creature probably came from the japanese words «  »tori no ko » which means « baby bird » in english or from the words « tori » and « neko » which means « bird » and « cat« . Trico is kind of magical since he can shoot electric lasers from his tail and he also have kind of small turquoise horns which appear to be very special and his eyes change color.

Here are some a sketchs of Trico: ( Thanks to ©2010-2016 SammyTorre)

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The game start with a mysterious cinematic in which we can see an artifact half-buried in the ground, we can also hear children’s laughter and then a shadow who seems to be the little boy’s shadow appears on the artifact and it seems that the shadow has noticed the mysterious objet.

Then, the player can control the little boy who don’t speak english and whose name is unknown. The boy has been kidnapped « under mysterious circumstances » and taken to a huge ancient castle (yes there’s many mysterious things in this game, that’s probably why I already love it).   

« I awoke to find myself in a strange cave. »

The little boy wakes up next to Trico:                                                                              

« I noticed with a start I was not alone. Beside me lay a great man-eating beast « Trico. »

He also wakes up to find tatoos on his body that he didn’t have before being kidnapped:

« I did not know how, why or when it had happened, but my skin was covered with peculiar markings.« 

There’s a lot of questions left for the player, questions that need to be answered. The gameplay focuses on the relationship between the boy and the mystical creature. At first, Trico is very distrustful and aggressive towards us, but since we feed and help him (Trico is injured because of the spears stuck into his thighs), we end up to tame the creature. The player can also call Trico, it’s a way for the two main protagonists to understand eachother. This is how we gain Trico’s trust through the story.

So far, I really love this video-game, the graphics are gorgeous, the music fits very well with the environment, Trico’s design and gesture are incredibly well made and I also love the connection between the little boy and Trico which are, according to me, a great and unique way of communication.

Here’s the trailer enjoy! 😉

« Replay – Ken Grimwood – 1986 »

To begin with this novel, we can notice that Ken Grimwood was an american author who was born in 1947 and who died in 2003. Some of his books were really influenced by comics (with science fiction) and the fantasy world. So he aimed to write with this worderful inspiration.

During his short life, we can observe that he was « famous » thanks to one of his books : Replay. It is the most popular novel to Ken, and « Replay » won the World Fantasy Award in 1988. That is why I would like to speak about this novel !

So, this fantasy novel tells about Jeff Winston, a radio journalist. He has 43 years old, and he isn’t really filled by his poor life. One day, he dies suddently because of a heart attack. But he was rather startled to discover that he was alive again ! But there is a problem, he wakes up in his student room and he has 18 years old ! Now, the « Replay » can begin. He knows his previous life again, and can « replay » without mistakes his new life… A kind of circle begins to Jeff and each time, when he arrives to 43 years old, he dies and replay another life, with differents choises.

This book is really interesting because we can observe and learn every time a new, a differente life, where Jeff Winston choises to make some differents actions to never live the same life ! He is able to change things for him and for the other people around him: and now, he wants to live with this aim !

I keep the end of this book for me and you have to read this novel to break the suspens…  Thanks to this novel we can discover the last twenty years of America, and it’s very pleasant ! I love the fantasy world, so this dream world makes me very amazed !

Bye !

« Uglies – Scott Westerfeld – 2005 »

This science fiction novel was written by Scott Westerfeld in 2005. It’s a set of books serie : Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras and Secrets. All these books make us a dystopian world.

So, this futuristic novel tells about Tally. She is 16 years old, and like a lot of teenagers, she is a member of « Uglies », a group of people. In this world, when teenagers reach their sixteenth birthday, they must have an operation to become « Pretties ». The « Pretties » people have a happy life with parties, fun evertime and everywhere, and they are free in this paradise, but they loose totaly their personnality… Contrary as « Uglies », who dream and aim to become Pretties.But Tally doesn’t believe in this Pretty’s paradise, she doesn’t want to become a pretty girl and she aims to become a rebel. « The Rebels » aim to go away and accept to stay Uglies to keep their personnality.

So, when Tally’s operation arrives, Tally must make a choice: become a pretties and loose her friends, her familly, her personnality but be accepted in the society, or stay uglies with her personnality and mentality, but be outcast of the society…

I don’t really like this book, because I found it very boring, So I don’t read the other books serie. But the plot makes me very interested, and that why I read this novel. It’s a shame …

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail – Cheryl Strayed

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail is a memoir by Cheryl Strayed ( an american author ) published in 2012.

This memoir describes Cheryl’s 1 000 miles hike of the Pacific Crest Trail ( it begins in the Mojave Desert, goes through California and Oregon and ends in the state of Washington ). When she was 22 years old her mother passed away after battling a lung cancer, after this her siblings remained distant and, later, she divorced her husband. When she was 27 she thought that she had nothing else to lose so she decided to go on a 1000 miles hike with no previous experience, alone and untrained. She captured, in her book, her thoughts during the whole journey, her physical and mental pains, her challenges and realizations.

After a friend mentionned it to me and said it was a great book, I wanted to see if it was as good as it seemed. And it is really an amazing book that you should read.

Whiplash

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Biography:

Damien Chazelle was born on 19 January 1985 in Providence (Rhode island). It’s a realisator and scriptwiter american. He realised his first film in 2009   » Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench » , his subject is, he main talk about jazz music. But this just with writting, that he will find a place in the world of cinema. He is the scenarist of the horror movie « exorcisme, Part II » .

Then in 2014, he realised the film Whiplash. The theme is jazz music and this is a succes for him.

Story:

Andrew is a young drummer of 19 years old. He would like going in the better conservatory of New York and later he is remarked by a teacher, conductor Flether of this school.

But Andrew work hard everyday for to be the best. Flether isn’t staisfied by Andrew, and he wanted push itout of his limits with injure, violence… For Andrew now, he doesn’t anymore a private life he has just a drum for him.

There is a differnet level in the yime of Andrew when he will be in this conservatory. Because he will put his life in danger. After a accident his father want taht Andrew witness for Fletcher, for harassment. Andrew sotp the drum and he find a normal job. One day, with hazard Andrew meet Fletcher in room who there is a music. After Fletcher geut andrew at the very important concert and we can see a true complicity.

I advise you this film because, it show that to get whatyou wnat you have to work hard !

Warm bodies

I would like to present an american film produced in 2013 and directed by Jonathan Levine called Warm bodies. This  film is post apocalytpic, summoning all the features of that type of film such as zombies, monsters and army forces, fighting against a dark virus spreading across the world and poisoning humanity.

The film starts with a peculiar point of view : a zombie named « R » explains his life on earth with his congeners in an airport, how they communicate and « feel » (which doesn’t happen apart from when they are hungry)  I love this part because we have a comic side of their slow and clumsy behaviour. There are another kind of zombie in their surroundings : the bonies. They have no skin or flesh, and above all no emtions, only empty husks. The bonies patrol in case of a heart pounding creature appeared…

He is going to meet a human girl called Julie, and together will bond a new relationship. R has saved her life during a zombie hunt, and she is trapped with R for days in the airport. Zombies are well-known for their cruelty and their blood-thirsty reputation. they don’t have emotions, but in this film we are going to assist at a discovery that will give hope to the new best friends : R felt his heart beat again, and amazingly falls in love. Humans have built a wall of protection while preparing to exterminate the zombies on the other side, which Julie and R are will lead a fight in order to bring the wall down.

This film is quite original, in the middle of dramatic events and the serious atmposphere, the comic side gives a touch of lightness. I recommend you to watch tthis film because it has a message to give, despite the ever-lasting zombies!

Mathilda (novel)

I am going to present a famous novel of the english literature : Mathilda written by Roald Dahl. This author worths a bit of description because I grew up in his books containing a humorous touch and offering a lot of adventures with original characters. He was born in Wales in 1916, and for a living he was a scenarist and an author, who wrote novels for cildren as well as adults. He became famous by writing novels such as Charlie and the chocolate factory, the BFG, etc…and won prizes : The world Fantasy prize.

Mathilda is a little girl, quiet but very intelligent, endowed with peculiar skills for her age : at the age of 5 she had already read the english classics! Adopted when she was a baby by a couple, she is ignored and mistreated. At school, her precocity doesn’t stay unnoticed  by her teacher named Mrs Honey, and who will bond a mothering relationship with Mathilda and is fascinated. Mathilda would be too lucky to be entirely happy in her school, a tyrannical  headteacher named Agatha Trunchbull, who punishes pupils whenever she is keen on doing it. The girl will develop a new kind of power : to be able to move objects with her thoughts. And she will use it to trick whoever means to harm her, one of the elements which will permit the story to unfold.

Mrs Honey had a cloudy past, she was raised by her Aunt after the death of her father, she even confides to Mathilda that it was quite suspicious. Through this story, there is a lot of love contrasted by violence and injustice, and the touch of magic is typical for the writing style of Road Dahl. I would add that if you wish to read it, you can also watch the film!!

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is an autobiographical novel written by Maya Angelou a writer who played a major role in the African-American civil rights movement, a politic movement of which the aim was to defend the rights of blacks during the apartheid. This movement was symbolized by Martin Luther King.

In this book Maya Angelou, from her real name Marguerite Johnson tells us her childhood where younger she was placed at her grandmother with her brothers because like the majority of the Afro-American family her parents didn’t have enough money to provide their needs. Her grandmother was living in the Arkansas a state in which racism was omnipresent. At the age of seven she goes back to her mother but a tragic event happened to Maya and she returned to her grandmother.

One day Mrs. Bertha Flower an aristocrat introduces the literature to Maya an art which gives her confidence in herself. Good student, Maya is send in a private school in California, she is the only black…

This book only tells us just a part of her life. Despite it I found this book really touching because we learn the story of one of the most emblematic woman during the apartheid. Maya Angelou was such a charismatic woman and when you read her poetry or hear her speeches you don’t think that she may have suffered all of these hardships. This book is a great life lesson, I advise you to read it !

Sarah’s key

Sarah’s key is a novel written by Tatiana de Rosnay published in 2006. It tells the story of Julia Jarmond an American journalist who decided to move in France. She’s married to Bertrand Tezac a French man. In the tribute of the 60th anniversary of the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup the American journal of which she is the correspondent ask her to write an article about this tragic event.
Julia discovered that the apartment of Bertrand’s grandmother was earning to a Jewish family, Sarah’s family.
Sarah was a ten years old Jewish girl who was send with her family to the Velodrome d’Hiver this night she locked her little brother in a secret closet in their apartment thinking that their parents will come back in a few time.
But after Sarah and her family were send to Drancy, a refugee camp and Sarah starts to feeling guilty because of her brother. In Drancy Sarah has been separated from her family and she is found at Auschwitz. She met Rachel and tries to escape with her but someone decided to denounce them and an officer catch them. The officer is someone who Sarah knows and he decided to let them go. The two girls find refuge with a couple but the neighbors decided to call the Nazi police to denounce the young couple but they only found Rachel not Sarah. So Sarah get back to her house.
Fascinated by the story of Sarah, Julia started to forget her husband.

I appreciated this book because contrary to the others book talking about this event, this book isn’t a diary it’s looks like an investigation

The Rotters Club by Jonathan Coe

Birmingham in 1973, Doug Anderton, Benjamin Trotter and Philip Chase have them small well organized lives between them King William high school, with their family life, girls’ trouble and concerns of their parents. Doug is the son of a striking leader of the automobile factory, is in love with Claire Newmann, the sister of Miriam who is the secret mistress of his father. Benjamin has sister, Loïs, who begins to build her future life, he has a younger brother too, he is in love with Cicely and writes novels and musics. Philip is serious, is secretly too a lover of Claire and he sees her mother having a relation with his plastic arts teacher and his father, furious to know it, participates, juste like Doug, Ben and Claire in the newspaper of his high school and tries to etablish with Ben his rock band.

Their father work on the automobile factory, speak about social unrest, about strikes and about the terrorism of the IRA while they speak about rock, about punk, about their life to the high shcool, about equality between the sexes… But in these years  when the State gives way to the thatcherism, the problem of England catch up them : Loïs sees his fiancé dying under his eyes during an attempt of the IRA, the newspaper publishes more and mores articles on the strikes, the IRA and the politics.

It is a rather long but very pleasant book to be read : funny even satiric, in the not too much looked for style, in the fascinating intrigue, in the multiple themes, in the growing interest, in the touching heroes.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This novel was published in 2012 by John Green, an american writer and it was published in France in 2013 by Nathan Jeunesse. It’s a book which had e lot of success, he was adapted into a movie with Shailene Woodley and Ansel Legort in the respective roles of Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters. The story takes place in Indianapolice and Hazel is old of siwteen years old. She is affected by a disease : cancer.

Her parents obliged him to assist at a group of support for cancer patient. During sessions, she meets Augustus and he is affected by a cancer too. The two adolescents are passionned by a novel wrote by Peter Van Houten and they decided to do a travel for meet the writer and they go there low together but the story ended tragically beacuse Augustus succumb to his disease.

This story is very touching because she deal with the cancer which is a actual disease and the scientits searched Remedies to cured them despite that Cancer are mainly cured nowaday. However, other disease are not cured like Alzheimer. This story deal with to Love too and show that it is necessary to take advantage of people who we love as long as we can.

Walking Dead

Today, I’m going to talk about the comic book series Walking Dead created by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore in 2003.

Before reading the first volume, I was watching the serie The Walking Dead (which debuted in 2010). But one day, my friends offered it to me so I started to read it…even if I didn’t agree to read the comic after having seen the serie but finally I really liked it and we learn more about the characters through the comic!

(so that’s why I really love it and I suggest you to read it if you know the series!)

The story of Walking Dead focuses on Rick Grimes, a man who was shot and who was in a hospital, in the coma, during a long time. When he woke up, nobody was around him, not even a nurse or his family, he was alone so he asked help, when he started to walk, he found some strange people in the hospital, who were disfigured, with a face and a body full of blood, who was walking in a very slow way… and we call them :

« the walkers« 

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After leaving the hospital, Rick returns at his home to meet his son and his wife, but they are nowhere. Will he meet them again ?

What is interesting is the fact that we follow a group of people, we learn what the true values are, and it is an atmosphere based on reality, I’m addicted to the characters, to the story…

Who will help him to survive and…

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And don’t forget, it’s better to hunt than to be hunted…

La piel que habito

La piel que habito is a spanish psycholoical thriller film written and directed by Pedro Almodovar, released in 2011, this film is based on Mygale, a novel by the french author Thierry Jonquet.

La piel que habito means « The skin I live in » = when I heard for the first time the title, I was curious and intrigued by what it could be, so I decided to watch it and discover what was hidden behind this title.

I made a very good choice, I adored and really appreciated to watch this movie to the very end. The end is an enormous fall, I didn’t expect it !
If you like movie with suspense, with twisted stories, it is made for you, really, make the good choice too !Résultat d’images pour la piel que habitoI am going to talk about the plot !  Robert Ledgard, an esthetic surgeon, tries for twelve years to create a synthetic skin which would have been able to save his wife, dead burned. Robert Ledgard keeps a woman as prisoner in a room of his house to do tests on her. The film is based on flash back which show us the pst of this woman. I can’t tell you more, but, really : WATCH IT ! If you don’t, you miss a really beautiful, amazing and moving story.

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« I’ll slit my throast, and then you will have no toy »

Remember me

Hello everybody,

Today, i’m going to talk about an american film wich is entitled « Remember me ».

I found the script very affecting, indeed the story  presents a young man who is named Tyler plays by Robert Pattinson,  he is 22 years old he rebels against his family and the society after his mother dying. During a party he fought against a policeman and he goes in custody so his father who is lawyer payed for his release.. By strategy he starts to hit on the policeman’s daughter : Ally a young woman who is very sensible. Tyler falls madly in love with her.

In this film there are lot of reference to Voltaire and a reflection around the human in society, we can see that Tyler is a morose boy and he always lives in sadness. Despite at the heart of the film with find the relationship inside a family. Tyler has conflicting relationship with his father and we can see that he suffers of that and he’d give anything for his little sister who trys to help him everyday to move forward. There are also good and funny moments that I adored particulary when Tyler is with his roommate !

I tought the character of Tyler and the story very charming.. I could had others importants details but I prefer you go see the film to know the dramatic end 😉

I recommand you so much.. Really !

See you soon !

Thérèse Raquin

Hello everybody ,

Today I choose to talk about my favorite novel ! It is entitled Thérèse Raquin, it was written by one of the most famous writer of the 19th century, Emile Zola. This novel was published in 1867. Normally, I do not like love story but this novel make a deep impession on me…

The story starts with three characters : the main character : Thérèse ; Camille and Camille’s mother. Thérèse was raised by Camille’s mother, Camille is sick since he is a little boy, adult, Camille and Thérèse get married. They live in Paris, in their shop where Thérèse sells jewelrys and clothes with Camille’s mother. One day Camille returned to the house with an old friends of him, Vincent. He is a painter and at the first look Thérèse fell in love with him… Zola uses the description and insist on the love at first sight…

So, Thérèse and Vincent start an hidden love relation, they have sexual intercourse in the marital bed. But Thérèse and Vincent want to live thier relation freely so they decided to kill Camille. On one summer night they go eat in a restaurant and they decided to take a walk on a lake in a small boat and Vincent drown Camille.. Nobody saw them.. This extract is very intensive we attend at the drowning !

But after the murder the lovers do not feel free, on the contrary, they become to be crazy and the murder haunt them.. so they kill themselves because they do not manage to be happy.

I recommand you so much this novel !

Edward Scissorhands, by Tim Burton

We all know Tim Burton for his fabulous movie, such as Alice in Wonderland, Beetlejuice or Nightmare Before Christmas. But today, I going to talk about this movie : Edward Scissorhands. Edward Scissorhands is an american romantic dark fantasy movie that came out in 1990. The story was written by Tim Burton and Caroline Thompson. This movie received numerous awards at the Academy Awards, British Academy Film Awards and Saturn Awards.

Here’s the beautiful story

Edward is a young men created by an inventor, but unfortunately unfinished. That’s why the poor has scissor for hands. The inventor died of a heart attack just before he was about to give real hands to Edward. He’s gather by the Boggs family and fall in love with their daughter Kim, a beautiful blond girl. All the citizens of the town welcome him warmly before a lot of problems arrives in Edward’s life, and became a nightmare for him.

This movie is particularly affecting, first, because of Edward’s situation. We feel pity and compassion for him. He’s all alone and at the beginning, Kim doesn’t like him so much. We are glad to see him accepted from the citizens but he’s rashly surrounded by problems and accused guilty from a crime who is not in question. Also, the face of Edward : His white face and dark eyes, his tousled dark hair and finally his clothes. On the face of it, we could be afraid but in fact, we are sad of his situation. According to me, Edwards as the perfect physic to make feel  someone touching. We want the best for him in his life, and all he has is problems. More, there’s nothing more kind and attaching than him. He’s in love with a girl that we think is impossible for him to get her, he wants to help people around him and nobody help him.

Iin my opinion, there’s a real message in this film. A handicap must no destroy the life of anybody. We have to accepts him and understand him, and absolutely help him. Iif someone wants the best for you, you have to think the same.

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Hairspray

Hairspray is an American musical played on Broadway and created by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan thanks to the 1988 John Waiters’s movie : Hairspray. This musical was a big sucess and was nearly played everywhere in US and also in UK. The original Broadway musical opened in August 2002.

Here’s the story. We are in Baltimore in the 1960’s. We follow the main character, Tracy Turnblad, a plump teenager, who dreams to dance on her favorite TV Show : The Corny Collins Show. There are student of her school that participate to the show, but only thin people and good-looking, and especially his crush : Link Larkin. And because of the time of segregation, one per month, The Corny Collins Show got a Negro Day where black people dance, but racist want to get out them of the TV.  After an audition, she gets into the show and begin to change people’s mind, like she said   » People who are different, our time is coming ! « .

This musical is the best for me for a lots of reasons. First, the music are 1960’s style and « downtown » rythm and blues. All the music are beautiful and catchy. The characters are really charming and we can’t detest the bad characters because, it’s maybe a musical, but it’s also a comedy very funny. And finally, there’s a message that everyone should understand and think everyday. No matter what you weigh, what’s your color skin, if your poop or rich, we should always loves peoples around us, be open-minded and solidary. It’s not what’s you are physically that can decide what you can do, it’s what you are in a first time and if you have the best desire. The struggle against the segregation is also very emotional. Tracy and his friends try to help their black friends to defend their values and their equalities. And all that, by singing !

I really advise this Musical to everyone, you can’t spend a bad moment, if you watch it carefully, you can just get really good advice. And I also advice the movie of 2007 directed by Adam Shankman where there are famous actor like John Travolta, Zac Efron, Christopher Walken, Michelle Pfeiffer and Queen Latifah.

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Captain Fantastic

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Last sunday night, I went to the cinema with my best friend. We decided to watch the movie Captain Fantastic, a dramatic comedy by Matt Ross.

This movie is at a time funny and sorrowful. It’s the story of a family composed of a father with his six childs. They decided to live out of the society, in the forest at the North-West of the USA, because they are anarchists. The father wants to make his childs perfect adults. They don’t go to school but their father gives them a lot of books to read, they make sport, they run into the forest, they rock climbing, and they do some exercises to channel their energy like a kind of yoga. They also know how to gun a deer.

One day, their mother who was sick: she had psychological disorders, suicide her. Ubset, the family decide to continue to live as they already done, but they decided to go to the burial of the mother with Steve, their own bus to be the most discreet possible. It’s complicated because the mother’s family doesn’t like the life she decided to lead. The movie is so based on the adventures of this family to travel the country to finally go to the funeral who are not as they had to do because the mother is buddhist and her funerals are christians. The little family finally decide to make the perfect burial to her, with songs, dance, colors, and fire.

I loved the universe of this movie: it was so colorful by the outfits, but also magestic with the big forests, the waterfalls, and the animals. The characters are all endearing: the childs had all a peculiarity : Bo, the older wants to go to the university, Zaja, the younger knows a lot of thing for her young age, Rellian doesn’t like to don’t live like the others, Vespir and Kielyr are always together and they are really good at archary and climbing, Nei likes to celebrate Noam Chomsky Day, their own Christmas. I wanted to share my reviews about this movie for maybe make you watch it.

« Power to the people.
Stick it to the man. »

 

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Donnie Darko

Today, I’m going to talk about Donnie Darko. I’ve seen this film with my friends a few weeks ago, and I’ve loved it.

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It’s a particular story which is a little bit hard to understand because we are trapped between two worlds which are themselves trapped between two time spaces.
We can follow the life of Donnie Darko, a teenager, who has mental disorders. This movie deal with different subjects like love, sacrifice, time travel and existentialism. October the 2nd, a reactor of a plane crashed on Donnie’s house. Thankfully for him, he followed a voice in his head who obliged him to leave his house, so he slept in a square. The next day, he learns what happened by seeing cops in front of his house.
After this event, a lot of things will happen to him. The voice he heard is Frank’s voice, a big scary rabbit who his a Donnie’s imaginary friend, and he told him that the World’s end is for 28days, 6hours, 42minutes and 12seconds.
Donnie will obey to Frank during those days, and he will make bad things like flood his high school, burn a motivational coach’s house while his girlfriend was sleeping at the cinema where they went together. 27 days after the World’s end prediction, after an other hallucination, Donnie, his friends and his girlfriend go to Grande-Synthe house but things turn wrong : his girlfriend dies. The killer is Frank, his sisters’s boyfriend, he wears the rabbit costume, so Donnie shoot him at the right eye. The World’s end day has come, and Donnie sees a storm from which his mother and sister’s airplane appears. This plane is the same we can see at the beginning of the movie, so he lose his reactor as the first plane, but this time, Donnie is in his bed and die.

It’s really hard to explain the story because there is a lot of details which can make us understand that we are between two time spaces, I really recommend this movie which is one of my favorites.

 

– Why do you wear that stupid bunny suit?
– Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?

Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk (1996)

Fight Club is a well-know novel written by Chuck Palahniuk a famous American novelist (1962-present), Palahniuk describes his books as « Transgressional fiction », Fight Club was in 1999 adapted in a movie by the famous film director: David Fincher with actors like Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter (ex-wife of Tim Burton).. This story is particularly known by the movie, but personally I think the book is excellent, almost better than the movie…

The plot takes place in the nineties, the story tells the life of « the narrator » we never know the real name of the principal character but most of the fans name him as « Jack » (reference to an element of the movie: the narrator often explains his feelings and sensations by a third person speech which stage humans organs like: « If I did have a tumor, I’d name it Marla. ») this character have a very moody life with a commonplace and boring job, he lives alone, had no friends.. He’s such a modern slave, but one day on a nudist beach, he meets one man who is totally opposed to him, his name is: Tyler Durden.. Since this day the two characters become friends and start living together in a run-down big house in an industrial district.. With Tyler, the narrator start to discover the real freedom by making illegal activities like robbery, vandalism and especially by creating: « The Fight Club » a secret club in which peoples (only men) fight each other to become « free » and « stronger ».. This utopic state of mind become dangerous and the narrator start to being afraid of Tyler.. He must make a choice, but the situation is not simply as we can guess..

I really like this novel because I have seen the movie some years ago and I had loved it so when I had known that before this story was a book.. I decided to buy it and read it and I was not disappointed. The story is very cool and interessant and the writings are not difficult, so everybody can read this..

Oh, and if you are interested in Fight Club or if you already know the novel and the movie.. Chuck Palahniuk had written Fight Club 2 in the form of a comic, the plot takes place ten years after the ending of the book.. I didn’t read it, but I think I could be very interressant to know what happens to the characters and also to discovering the story by another form…

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107

  I’m going to talk about the novel 107 ans (one hundred seven years old in English). It was published in 2006. It was written by Diasteme. This is a French novel.

  Diasteme is a novelist, author et dramaturge. He has written « Les papas et les mamans ». 107 years old isn’t a famous novel, isn’t knows by everybody but it’s although a great novel.

  The scene takes place in France. Simon the main character, is aged sixteen years old. He is interned in psychiatric institution because he loved Lucie to much. Simon cheated Lucie so she left him. So to get her back he decided to run away of his house and joins her but she doesn’t know that.

  To joins Lucie Simon did some mad acts like a run away, auto destruction, agressions and he stops eating…We discover a young and complex man.With this novel we enter into Simon’s mind and head. There is question of suicide and suffering of an instable teenager.

  To concluded I loved this novel because this is an introspection of Simon. And an introspection of mad mind. At the end of the story we understand that Simon is whatever mad and even if the others people think that he is healthy they are wrong. He can’t stops to think of Lucie.

Macbeth

Macbeth is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. It was written in 1587. It deals with contradictions, perils and ambitions. This drama is one of the most famous dramas written by William Shakespeare who is also one of the most famous playwrights in the world. He wrote Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet etc.

The scene takes place in the medieval Scotland. The main characters are Macbeth and Lady Macbeth his wife. Macbeth is a general. One day three witches say to Macbeth that he will become the king. Macbeth has got ambition. His wife encouraged him to kill the king to make the prophecy come true. So Macbeth kills King Duncan and take the throne. But the problem is that he becomes paranoiac. His fear make him completely crazy. To save his power he commites a lot of murders like in a vicious circle. At the same times Lady Macbeth became also mad, she sees ghosts and she feels so guilty and trapped by their lies. The obcession of power and the ambition brought Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to the lie and to the despair. The play shows this slowly evolution of Macbeth into the evil.

I loved this tragedy because it’s very opprisive and we see the guilt grow up inside the characters. When we read or see the play we are, like characters, despaired and stressed.

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel : The Alchemyst

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The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel written by Irish author Michael  Scott. It is a specialist Mythology and folklore, he wrote a lot of science fiction, fantasy and horror books and in Ireland, he was called the « king of fantasy ». I am going to talk about the first book in this series:  The Alchemyst .

The story begins with two siblings, they are twins, the first; her name is Sophie Newman , who she works in a tearoom  and the second  his name is Josh Newman, who works in the book store, where the owner is  Nick Fleming and his wife Perry Fleming. One day while Sophie is on the phone with her friend, she sees a black limousine which stops in front of the book store where his brother works. And several men in black come out of the car to attack the owner of the bookstore.The two twins witness a supernatural power fighting between Nick Fleming and the men in black who are golems controlled by John Dee. After the fighting, Josh and Sophie discover that Nick Fleming is Nicholas Flamel the famous and historical French alchemist:

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Nicolas Flamel has a reputation of an alchemist who search the philosopher’s stone and the immortality. And John went in the book store to steal  Codex, where there is Final Evocation but Josh ripped off the two pages that explains the final Evocation, so the two twins are in danger, because John Dee would like to recover them.

Along their journey the twins will discover the existence of some sort of gods call “The Elders”. Some are nice but other who are called “Dark Elder” are cruel and John Dee wants to wake up them for they control the world. Nicholas Flamel will find help with an Elder who she is the Celtic goddess of the war; Scathach and Hecate the goddess with three faces and together they will help the twins to wake up their power, because Josh and Sophie are the twins of an old legend.

I love this book because it mixes a lot of heroes or gods in different legends in the world, like Celtic or some Gods of Egypt or Prometheus and Shakespeare appears like an immortal human and he helps twins in their quest.

The Old Man and the Sea

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The Old Man and the Sea is written by Ernest Hemingway, a famous American writer. He was born in 1899 and he died in 1961. At the beginning of his career he was a journalist, it is in Paris that he learns the profession of writer and after that he wrote novels. It is his second novel: The Sun also Rises that gives him success and fame. Thanks to success, he can travel and he travels a lot : in the United States, Africa, Spain, Italy and also in Cuba where is the action of his novel. The Old Man and the Sea was published in 1953 and also in 1953, The Old Man and the Sea was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

The Old Man and the Sea is about an old man, his name is Santiago, he is a fisherman and a poor Cuban and with him, there is a young boy who accompagnies him to fishing. And this boy calls Manolin. But fishing has long been bad, and they have taken nothing for 84 days. The parents of Manolin decide that their son will embark on another boat, because they think that Santiago is too old for fishing. But Manolin will join nevertheless the old man in his shack at night to help him repair his fillets and bring him sardines for fishing. One night, the old man tells to young boy that he wants to go fishing alone and he wants to leave far in Gulf Stream, to find fish and end his bad fishing. On the 85th day, he goes fishing and he meets a giant marlin. The old man fought against the marlin for 3 days and he won. https://beamingnotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Old_man_and_the_sea_Jan_Hrebicek_2013-11-1200x900.jpg

But the marlin is too big to embark in his boat and he lets it tied beside his boat in the water. Attracted by the smell of fish, sharks begins to arrive and they devour the marlin. Santiago attends the scene without being able to do anything, because he is exhausted of his fight with marlin. Finally, he returns to the port, but only with the head and the bone of the fish.

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This book shows us a fighting of human against Nature, because the marlin refers to Nature. But I think that Hemingway wanted to show us that human never truly triumphs against nature, but, here, we have a entire failure but also a personal triumph, because the old man knows what it is worth. I find that story realist but at the same time it is like an epic story.

Your name – Makoto Shinkai

Storyline :

Mitsuha, teenager stuck in a traditional family, a dream to leave her native mountains to discover the hectic life of Tokyo. She is far from imagining to be able to live the urban adventure in the skin of … Taki, a young high school student living in Tokyo, occupied enter his casual job an Italian restaurant and his numerous friends. Through its dreams, Mitsuha sees herself literally propelled in the life of the young boy to the point that she believes to live the reality … Everything falls over when she realizes that Taki also dreams about a life in mountains, surrounded with a traditional family … in the skin of a girl ! A strange relation settles down between their two bodies which they monopolize mutually. What mystery hides behind these strange dreams which unite two fates which everything brings into conflict and which never met ?

 

A movie to be absolutely seen. Please, go to see it in the cinema once, five times, ten times…

This movie plays enormously with our feelings; we laugh (much more than we could expect it), we also cry, and we navigate constantly between these feelings and a lot of others.
The graphics are naturally magnificent, in particular the landscapes, whether it is city or countryside.The music is really very important, the pieces are played at the good moments to increase our feelings. (And fortunately the words are translated, because they play an important role in the understanding of the story. They correspond perfectly to the movie, and at the end we just want to get itself the album to be able to listen to them at will by remembering ourself the movie.
The scenario is very good, he can seem complex at times but made think and obliges us to remain hung on well on the movie to understand all the ins and outs, without preventing us from taking advantage of the atmosphere.

At the end of the movie I just wanted to go to see it again because I have the feeling that there will be always something else to notice, other elements to be understood, while laughing and by crying so much every time. This film is definitely one of my favorite now, and i think we should have more Japanese movies like this, in France.

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La petite fille qui avait avalé un nuage grand comme la Tour Eiffel, Romain Puértolas

Hi! Today I will talk about the new novel of Romain Puértolas, La petite fille qui avait avalé un nuage grand comme la Tour Eiffel  (sorry I didn’t find the English title). So I know, it’s a french author but this book overwhelmed me (in the good way)and I had to share it with you!

This is the story of Providence, a young and impulsive french woman, and Zahera a little Moroccan girl of 7 years old who has cystic fibrosis. The story of a postwoman stuck because of an ash cloud and a futur backer-astronaut who has a cloud in her lung. A meeting in a hospital because of an appendicitis and a lot of returns Paris-Marrakech. This is a story of an unbounded love which make everything possible, even fly..

Providence is about to take her plane to Marrakech and bring back Zahera, his adoptive daughter, to Paris to try to save her from her disease. But the eruption of an icelandic volcano paralyzes all the air traffic and prevents Providence from fetching his daughter.

She has to find another way but all the rented cars are already rented, trains are overcrowded and she hasn’t her own car. It’ll be impossible to her to keep her promise to fetch Zahera before the sunset but it’s inthinkable to her to dissapoint her daughter.

She can’t resign herself, she will be with Zahera today because later it may be too late and the little girl coul’d die. So she realizes the impossible: she learns to fly.

I thought this book really wonderful: a subtle mix of humor, non-sense, love, sensibility, tenderness and hope. The fact that Providence flies is maybe less grandiose than the reasons that pushed her to accomplish this feat. Zahera is a little girl with a lot of dreams and who wants to learn everything she can about the world, the life. She fights agains the disease with a lot of strengh for a 7 years old. She is very touching and loveable. Providence and her determination gives us a real lesson: if we love, if we really want something, everything becomes possible, nothing can stop you. With her love for her daughter she locks the world, for a few minutes, in a bubble of peace and happiness.

We are getting absorbed in a beautiful adventure with many events to discover.

And who knows, maybe love really gives wings after all?

Ten Little Niggers, Agatha Christie

Today I want to talk about an Agatha Christie’s book entitled Ten Little Niggers (or And then there were none for the American version) and published in 1939.

Ten people who don’t know each other are invited to come to an island by Mr and Mrs Owen because of different excuses ( to meet old friends, job…). But when all the guests arrive no signs of their hosts, there are only two servants to receive them. The first night, all the guests (who are not related) confide one common point: they all have murdered (directly or indirectly) someone and escaped to justice and they are all here to « pay for their crimes ».

One by one, all the guests begin to die and their murders follow a famous nursery rhyme entitled « ten little niggers » whose lyrics are hanging on the wall of all the bedrooms. After each murder one of the ten figurines presents on the table is broken. After the second murder panic and distrust settle down in the house. They are alone on the island and they can’t escape because of the bad weither. They are traped, scared and they suspect each other of being the murderer. All along the plot we can see character’s personnality evolve and until the end we can’t really know who is the murderer.

I love police novels and those of Agatha Christie are so interesting, with a lot of suspense and it’s always a pleasure to read one of her books.

And you, did you read it? What do you think of it?

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


Hey everyone, I’m gonna talk about the new star wars movies or I should say a spin-off of one of the most famous saga in the world. This episode sets between the episode three and four of the franchise. Starring Felicity Jones, the story deals about the little crew of the rebellion against the sith darth Vader. The order Jedi is now vanished and the Empire controls the galaxy. The fate of the galaxy is between the hands of a young woman, Jyn Erso, Jyn is the only hope of the galaxy thanks to his father. I stop here for the story.

Indeed, I’m surprised, the film is perfectly staged by the young English director Gareth Edwards. The images of some scenes are very stunning as well as the landscapes in many planets. Rogue one is inspired by several conflicts historic like the world war two or also the Vietnam war for the battle of the end. The battle is set on the tropical planet Scarif.

Even if we have no light saber during the film, we have the great comes back of the great vilain Darth Vader. Vader is just incredible in every scenes where he appears. In brief Rogue One is one of the best film of this year. Consequently, this movie was amazing, I kind of wish that some of these scenes were not cut out, hopefully they can make them deleted scenes or an alternate cut. I recommend it for the fans and no fans.

The Revenant

The Revenant

The Revenant is an American drama film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. The film is directed by the mexican director Alejandro G. Inarritu famous for his movie Birdman (2014). The film is based on the novel of Michael Punke with the same name, describing frontiersman Hugh Glass’s experiences in 1823. The film deals with the subject of the redemption.

The story sets in a deeply savage America. Hugh Glass, a trapper, goes in expedition with his group and his son. During his journey, he’s attacked by a bear and seriously injured. His group decides to abandon him to his fate. Moreover, a man kills his son in front of him. Glass refuses to die, alone, he decides to undertake a journey more than 300 km in a hostile environment to find man who killed his son.

The film allows us to discover the social frontier between the people of America. Trappers, natives American and more. The character of DiCaprio is very interesting, in search of redemption, he is very fascinating by his construction. He is solitary, he’s tired of life, his only motivation is embodied by his wife and her son. All the film is built on his personal vengeance.

To speak about the director, we can study the light or also the movement of camera in the film. The natural light uses fort the film is just perfect in any shots, the reflect of the sun in the snow, everything is filmed with an unerring rightness.

In clear, The Revenant is not a film like an another film, The long tracking, the angle of shot is very subversive and impressive. Thanks to this film, DiCaprio won for the first time of his life an oscar by the same way, Innaritu won the oscar of the best director movie for The revenant. It’s all for me, see you for the next article.     

SNOW ANGELS – STEWART O’NAN

Snow Angels occurred in a little town of Pennsylvania, in 1974’s winter. It deals with 2 different characters and 2 different stories. On the one hand, there is Arthur Parkinson devastated by his parents’ divorce. On the other hand there is Annie Marchand, Arthur’s babysitter. She is now facing a series of tragic events, especially with her husband Glenn.
There is a beautiful symmetry of the death of these two marriages. 
The story begins with Arthur telling the day when Annie Marchand was assassinated by his husband, 15 years after the drama. Since then, there is a flash back in Arthur’s and Annie’s life. When Arthur heard the gun shot, he knew what had happened. Shortly after his dad divorcing his mum and leaving home, it was now the turn of Annie. Annie, whom Arthur was secretly infatuated with, had left as well, for ever.
Throughout their life, Arthur wonders about his destiny. Why was everything he loved most destroyed? How can he fight his way in this world?
What I particularly love about this book is the fact that O’Nan depicts Middle America, far from the American Dream. What’s more, O’Nan captures the reader even while depicting the tragic daily life of Arthur and Annie.

FACTOTUM – BUKOWSKI

Hello, I’m going to talk about Factotum, a book written by Charles Bukowski in 1975.
As the title suggests, it is a story about a man who does everything, or almost everything. We follow the wandering of Henry Chinaski, a fallen writer during WW2 in America.
Chinaski is like Bukowski’s alter ego, written in the first person narrative, we discover a wandering life from New Orleans to New York, by way of Los Angeles or Philadelphia. So Chinaski jumps from one job to another without being concerned about it, spending his time drinking and writing about his disappointments, his frustrations, women… For him, what matters the most is to have a place where you can live your life : it doesn’t matter whether it is on the street or in a slum. This wise guy doesn’t care about money, social conventions and so on, thinking that it is reserved for special people.

What I love about this book and this author, it is the way of wrinting of Bukowski : combining obscenity and provocation, in brief, what he is famous for. He writes without any judgments, with honest and straight-forward manner. Moreover, he depicts America of the 40’s and its lost and marginal generation.

Black Mirror by Charlie Brooker

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“Over the last ten years, technology has transformed almost every aspect of our lives before we’ve had time to stop and question it. In every home; on every desk; in every palm – a plasma screen; a monitor; a Smartphone – a black mirror of our 21st Century existence. Our grip on reality is shifting. We worship at the altars of Google and Apple. Facebook algorithms know us more intimately than our own parents. We have access to all the information in the world, but no brain space left to absorb anything longer than a 140-character tweet.”                                                                                                                                    — Charlie Brooker, the creator of the series

Black Mirror is a British drama series that deals with the consequences of our behavior with new technologies. This is an anthology series since it presents a different story and a different set of characters in each episode. Consequently, each episode features a different dystopia, still linked to technological advances, which sets in a near or more distant future : an episode may unfold in 2017 while another may take place in 2117. Indeed the series intends to give a general reflection to today’s world and all possible futures as well.

Black Mirror was airing on Channel 4 from 2011 for its two seasons and then, the giant Netflix bought the series to make a third season. Actually I don’t know if more episodes are going to be released but the remaining 13 episodes already are a good subject to discuss about. The series was nominated twice for the BAFTA (British Academy of Film http://papystreaming.com/fr/files/2012/07/383612blackmirror.jpgand Television Arts) and it won an Emmy Award and a Golden Rose Award.

Nowadays – that’s not a revelation – Internet dramatically impacted the world and our lives. The least scoop, the least intel, joke, personality is facebooked, retweeted, tumbled, googled and even mocked sometimes. We are all connected to the big World Wide Web. We consider the Internet as a fantastic creation and yet, we notice abuses : from impersonation, banking data theft, cybercrime to misinformation and bad jokes. Black Mirror uses all of that and emphasizes it in a satirical way to denounce our use of the web and all the technologies that possess a black screen.

http://www.slate.fr/sites/default/files/photos/black%20mirror%20460.jpgThe series’ pilot, untitled The National Anthem, unfolds in a future within reach, so close to our reality that it becomes almost present. The Princess of the Royal Family is kidnapped and her kidnapper threats the Prime Minister to kill her unless if he has live sexual intercourse with a pig on national television – I wished this episode’s plot would be a joke but it’s not – and the kidnapper gives a list of technical specifications designed to make it impossible to fake. The kidnapper’s threat has been also released online on Youtube and despite having only been up for nine minutes, the video has already been viewed and downloaded a lot of times and posted multiple times on the Internet. The Prime Minister has some hours to act before the Princess was killed… Here we have a thought on the over media coverage of political life where the Prime Minister has, in a critical situation, to deal with his convictions but also with the public opinion which is so loud, powerful, quick to change and sometimes violent thanks to social media where everybody can express its mind and its point of view.

Then the third episode, untitled The Entire History Of You, unfolds in a more distant future where rich people have the possibility to implant a “grain” behind their hear that will record everything they do, see or hear. People can play their memories ad infinitum in front of their eyes or on a screen. At first sight, that’s well convenient to rememberhttps://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/47/25/dc/4725dcdcb0b28bfdefe2d1f2670af2f0.jpg this old mate’s name with whom you were sitting next to in some classes some years ago. However for Liam Foxwell, a young lawyer, that’s convenient to review and examine his wife’s tender gazes when she glances suspiciously a friend of him… That’s impossible here to not make a parallel with the smart and connected Google Glass which will allow soon the user to record some contents with just a wink.

Finally, the second episode of season two, untitled White Bear, is, for my liking, one of the most shocking and heartbreaking episode. We follow a woman, named Victoria Skillane, who’s waking up in a small town typical of United Kingdom and she is amnesiac. She’s soon followed by a plenty of people who are filming her with their smartphones and some people who are hunting her and who obviously want to kill her, http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KgZ6c7-2IXM/VgfvioK9MoI/AAAAAAAAMSM/uaN64GV03jM/s1600/blackmirrorVictoria.jpgwith their nightmarish masks and suits. Why the hell are these people following her ? Why does an amount of people film her with joy and fun while these crazy guys are shooting at her with their guns ? I won’t answer these questions in order to not spoil you but the twist is huge, believe it my dear readers 😉

Black Mirror is a pessimistic series, indeed. But it doesn’t denounce that technology is the cause of people’s issues. Nevertheless it enhances the idea that technology is a filter https://cdn0.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/M2hsLZo0Ph0FxUg80I2GhDpt3-Q=/800x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn0.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/2891106/Screen_Shot_2014-12-30_at_9.20.04_PM.0.pngto reveal how we behave, how we react, how we use computers and smartphones to do good and bad things. This is a kind of a “black mirror” that returns our reflection. Some episodes won’t be suited for sensitive souls and weak hearts, others will certainly make you moved but no one won’t let you indifferent !

The series manages in not giving a judgment but in making a criticism of occidental Mankind, with wealth people and their comfortable life, which we do have to interpret ourselves. The series illustrates one of a few characteristics of the Progress and its dangers https://d.fastcompany.net/multisite_files/fastcompany/imagecache/inline-large/inline/2014/12/3039940-inline-i-1-giles-keyte-black-mirror-recap.jpgso I assume it could be a wise choice to talk about it in the notion “Idea Of Progress”. As a conclusion, Black Mirror alarms on the possible abuses of technologies with our attitudes towards them in general as in some dystopian masterpieces as Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm, Huxley’s Brave New World and Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.

To Build A Fire by Jack London

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“I would rather be ashes than dust ! […] I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”                                                                                                                                       — Jack London

To Build A Fire (1908) is a short story written by Jack London, a famous American author well known for some literature masterpieces as The Call Of The Wild (1903), and White Fang (1906). As you probably guess, London dealt particularly with adventure and wildness in his books’ story since he was himself an adventurer and a sailor. He wrote two different versions of this short story that he published in 1902 and in 1908 respectively : here I am going to focus on the second one which is far more interesting for us to discuss about.

First and foremost, it is worth noting that To Build A Fire is part of the naturalist movement (naturalistic writers used literature as an experiment to discover and analyze the forces or the scientific laws, that influenced the character’s behavior, its emotions in https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/74/d3/de/74d3def1ac093675c951543ab5a86b55.jpgits environment) and because of that, the short story illustrates a major topic : the conflict of Man vs. Nature (the hero struggles against an animal or a force of nature and this struggle has a prominent place inside the story).

The story takes place in the Yukon Territory, near the Klondike River (Canada). An unnamed man is walking on the snow and on the frozen river as well, despite the extreme polar temperatures of the winter (−75 °F or −59 °C). During this not so long journey of nine hours of hiking, he is accompanied by a husky dog. The man is supposed to catch up on the evening in Henderson Creek his associates (named “the boys”) who have taken another way to go there. Unfortunately, the cold weather and the environment will become an invisible enemy and the man won’t have so many choice to survive : he will have to build a fire.

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/63/fd/30/63fd305d196ed890e1412de6bb305e82.jpgWhat it seems to be an easy thing at first is revealed after as being an impossible task to accomplish. As his life is suspended to a thread, he tries in three occasions to build this damn fire but failed miserably under the eyes of the dog, peacefully wrapped up in his fur. At the end of the story, the man understands that his death is unavoidable. He ceases struggling and accepts his fate. The man dies, becoming the victim of this overwhelming, freezing and hostile nature. The dog finally leaves his master to find another who maybe will be able to build a fire.

I think it’s an amazing story of survival. At first, the plot seemed rather boring : I mean, a man walking through the wilderness, from a point A to a point B, that’s not really a plot that knocks your socks off ! Nevertheless, as the man finally gets into a battle with nature for survival, it gets much more interesting. The fact that the man is never actually named is significant. I would personally think that the author did this to keep the reader somewhat detached from him, in an effort to not make his death a big deal for the reader, and also make it easier to dislike him as a character.

Jack London possesses an amazing writing style that allows him to transcend thehttps://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/42/5c/f4/425cf41c2e35cbad381f2977bd46ee75.jpg sensations, the struggle, the doubt, the strengths and the weaknesses of the character and the feeling of cold directly to the reader. London also managed to make this story powerful thanks to his personal path since he took part in the Klondike Gold Rush during the winter of 1897-1898. The description and the personification of all the elements which surround the character succeeded in making nature alive as a real character of the story. Finally, I decided to write an article about this short story in an effort to honor the 100th birthday of the author’s death since Jack London died on 22 November 1916.http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lE7CQ0u14Pc/VLFUbB_-5CI/AAAAAAAAHpk/C9dPmUjWP5w/s1600/TBAF_05_hd.png

The help, Kathryn Stockett

   The Help is a novel written by Kathryn Stockett and published in 2009. It is quite known since then, it was a best-seller, but I really wanted to talk about it because I think it is really worth it. It deals with racial segregation in the USA in the 1960’s, which is a serious and important topic. The story occurs in Jackson, Mississippi, a southern state where segregation was present everywhere.

   We follow the life of two main characters, Aibileen and Minny who are both African-American and who work as maids for white families. The third protagonist is Skeeter, she is a young white woman who studies journalism and she has a different mentality comparing to the other white women she spends her time with. Indeed, even though she also has a maid, she cares about her and behaves well with her, not like the rest of her friends. When she comes back to her house after finishing her studies, she finds out that Constantine, her maid, left without saying anything. Then, she decides she wants to collaborate with black women to write a book about the maids’ living conditions, life, etc… At first, this project seems impossible due to the racial laws of the time but a surprising friendship will appear.

   This book is quite hard to read in english because it is written in an oral way so I actually recommend to read it in french. I loved this powerful story because it showed that even if there was segregation, some black and white people could still be wise enough to work together in order to change things. The events that happen are well told because the author was herself born in Jackson and raised by a black woman. A movie was adapted from the book in 2011, the cast is amazing, the actors embody their characters so well. Even if you’ve seen the movie, you can still read the book because there are some differences regarding the point of views, etc…

Delicacy

   Delicacy is a novel written by David Foenkinos in which a young woman called Nathalie is the main character. At the beginning of the book, she lives an enviable life : she’s in a wonderful relationship with her husband and has a great job. Unfortunately, everything falls apart after seven years of marriage when her husband is hit by a car during his jogging and dies after getting in a coma. Even with her family and friends, Nathalie can’t find some comfort and feels like she will not be able to live without her husband. One day she decides that she has to keep living and so, go back to work. There she is everyday confronted to her boss Charles who is desperately in love with her and Markus, one of her co-workers, who she has kissed one day for no reason.

   What I loved in this book was Foenkinos’ writing style : very simple and beautiful. Also, there was a little bit of humour, which is always nice. Something I had never seen before : between two chapters there are sometimes lists or quotes related to what happened in the previous chapter. I found it surprising, unusual and thought it was a great way to keep the reader reading by adding something that changed from the chapters. The short chapters and simple writing makes the novel accessible and easy to read. You can find some great quotes in it and you can read the whole book in just a few days because it is a short novel.

« War horse » – Michael Morpurgo

 Hi everybody,

Today I’m going to speak about a novel entitled « War horse » written by Michael Morpurgo, published in 1982 and adapted by Steven Spielberg in 2011.
I haven’t seen this movie but someone told me that he was amazing and very touching. So if he really respect the book it will be interessant to see it. I have read this book in college and if I remember, I think I’ve cried several times. This is such a sad story but it’s allow us to have another vision, perspective and another point of view of the First World War. And the fact that the narator was a horse makes us feel the story differently and it’s allows us to put ourselves in the place of the horse.

So this novel was obviously  inspired by true events. The story talked about a horse named « Joey » who was bought by American soldier at the beginning of the first world war to be a war horse.
We are going to have empathie for Joey and we will also focus on him. You have to know that the entire story is seen and told by the horse, so we can see things differently.
So joey goes to war and lives many adventures, he sees horror and atrocity of the war (during the battle, the bombing raid….).
Joey will go a long way during years, he will be ill, heart … he has just one wish: go back home and be alive.

So if you want to know what happened to this horse and know if he will survive you have to read or watch the movie.
Trust me you won’t be disappointed.

« The perfect murder » – Peter James

Hi everybody,

Today I’m going to speak about a novel entitled  » The perfect murder « written by Peter James (my favorite writter at that time) and published in 2010.
This book is one of the lastest novels published by Peter James.

 So this novel talked about a couple ( Victor and Joan ) that can no longer stand. They are married since twenty years old but things did not happend like they had hoped years ago. Now Victor want to kill his wife and Joan feels the same. So both planned a way to kill his spouse. In some point of view it’s two perfect crime but characters have to keep calm because things can degenerate.
However things will not happened as good as previous and it’s going to be a hell for one of them.
During the story there are suspens and we want to know the following and see the future of the characters because if you will read it you ‘ll see that characters behaviour evolve.

 So if you like suspens, crime … I recommend this book and furthermore this novel is very fast to read.

Charlotte, David Foenkinos

This novel isn’t a fiction, it retraces Charlotte Salomon’s life, a german-jewish painter deported at the age of 26 while she was pregnant. After a childhood in Berlin marked by a family tragedy, Charlotte is progressively excluded by the nazis in every german society spheres. She liveS a founding love passion, before she has to leave everything behind to take refuge in the South of France just after the Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass). Thereafter, the outcasted women decide to undertake a composition of 769 individual works that we could describe as autobiographical (different from self-portraits) named « Leben? oder Theater?: Win Singspiel » (Life? or Theater?: A Song-play) realized with a fascinating modernity. Knowing herself in danger, she entrust her drawings to her doctor telling him that it represents « her entire life » . Today, these works are kept in Amsterdam . This book is a thrilling portrait of a talented young woman, totally inhabited by her art which makes her fight despair and the barbarism of her time, but also it’s a mention of a tragic fate. The book also represents the story of a search driven by a writer haunted by this artist. Indeed, it contains some first person narrative passages where the author talks about his research on Charlotte, the places he went linked to her..

I admire the emotion and the beauty of the text, mixing prose and poetry. The short sentences punctuated each time by a point induces a slow but pleasant rhythm. I loved this book, it is so well-written and so touching. Moreover it made me discover this wonderful artist. I truly recommend it.

Misery, Stephen King

Misery Chastain is dead. Paul Sheldon killed her with pleasure. And all of this is quite normal because Misery Chastain is his creature, the main character of his novels. He made a lot of money thanks to her, but she also smothered him: his death finally freed him. Now he can write a new book.

A car accident leaves him paralyzed into the hands of Annie Wilkes, the nurse who takes care of him in her house. A perfect nurse who loves her books but doesn’t forgive him Misery Chastain ‘s death. Then, nailed in his wheelchair, Paul Sheldon revives Misery unwillingly. Indeed he has no choice …


I must say that the idea of ​​the admirer who sequestered her favorite author because he killed her flagship heroine is grandiose. Annie is completely crazy, Paul was really unlucky to meet a fan like this and he’ll dearly pay what Annie considers as « betrayal ».The death of Misery is unacceptable to her and she’ll employ all the most atrocious subterfuges to make the writer bend back on the denouement of his narrative.

Weirdly,  I loved Annie’s character.The fact that she has absolutely nothing for her, amplifies our desire to know more about this woman. It’s a bit an icon in her way, her madness fascinates and on each page I wondered how far she was ready to go and what were her limits. Behind an unpleasant and cruel torture facade she’s a real drifter that does not have much in her life and and that’s pretty sad .The atmosphere of the novel is simply perfect? As a claustrophobic, I felt like stifling throughout this reading. King has so well handled its context that we could believe we’re in it.


All the ingredients are gathered in these stressful closed doors, to put the nerves of the readers on edge.

Only Stephen King could write such a nightmare. I really recommend this nerve-racking  book and also the 1990’s film with Kathy Bates and James Caan. ( gifs come from the movie)

Demain tout commence – Hugo Gélin

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Hey everyone ! Recently, I saw Demain Tout commence, a French comedy-drama directed by Hugo Gélin and released in December 2016. The main characters are played by Omar Sy, Gloria Colston and also Clémence Poésy.

It’s a dramatic story about Samuel, a young man who is working in the South of France, near the see : He has an easy life without any importants problems until Kristin, from London, one of his old girlfriend  comes back and announces him that he have a daughter, gloria, still a baby. The problem is that Kristin leave the beach and left the baby behind her.

Samuel, who has any experience as parents-being will going to London to find her, but in vain. Finally, he will live in London, educate and make his daughter grow up alone, give her all his love and become a stuntman. However, Gloria wants to know her mother : Samuel sent her fake e-mails with a fake Mail Adress (with the Kristin’s name), and make her think that her mother is writing her.

But after 8 years, Kristin comes back and wants to gets her daughter whereas  she wasn’t present the last 8 years. We learn that she met somebody else and started a new life.

Subsequently, numerous problems will be added : Gloria is suffering from a severe Heart disease and has 4 years to live. At the End, we learn a tragical news : Samuel is in fact not the Gloria’s father.. At this moment, the world around him collapses, and nothing more exists.

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I found this story really sad and dramatic : Indeed, although Omar Sy plays ordinary funny roles, he is also really good in drama movies : At times, it’s really touching, For instance when Samuel and Gloria are together, we can see that he is giving her all his love, the actors  almost looks like  real relatives !!

Although it’s a dramatic movie, there is also Funny’s moments, which give a real interesting side to the story and made us like this even more.

I really found it good and I advise it to you !

Have you already seen the movie ? 🙂

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Oedipus The King- Sophocles

Hey everybody ! Let me talk you about one of the Two books we have to read and study this year for the Litterature exams.

Oedipus the King (also called in Latin Oedipus Rex) is a myth rewritten many times into differents forms. Indeed, after the Sophocles’s play, the classical Authors made a new version (like Corneille or Sénèque) or Philosophers Authors like Voltaire.

But Igor Stravinski has also composed an opera called « Oedipus Rex » in 1920.

Let’s talk about the Sophocles’s version today :

Sophocle wrote Oedipus the King in 429 Before Christ, and after Odipus at Colonus which is also very well-known in the litterature field.

It’s about Oedipus, who became king of Thebes, a city in Greece after he killed the Sphinx which condamned the city. Oedipus managed to solve the riddle asked by it.

Therefore, he became the Jocasta’s Huband, the queen of Thebes. But there is a problem : Peoples are suffring from the plagues : That’s why Oedipus sent Creon, his brother-in-law to Delphi to Talk to the Appollo’s oracle and finding solutions : We discovered that it’s because of the recent Laius’s death, the former King of the country. Oedipus will investigate and meet Tiresias, a mind-reader to find the culprit of the murder. But the surprise is really astonishing because it’s Oedipus himself who would have killed Laius. Althoug he doesn’t take care Tiresias said, he will discover that it’s the truth..

But it’s not the most surprising : Indeed, whereas hAfficher l'image d'originee was educated by the queen and King of Corinth(an another country), they’re not his real parents : When he was young, an oracle said : « He will kill his father and will marry his mother ».                                     

And the curse occured unfortunately.

Discovering all this informations in the same time, with the Joscasta’s death, he decided to pluck his eyes : But became blind is not the only thing we wants : he begs to be exiled with his two daughters: Antigone, and Ismene.

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We saw also the Pasolini’s film version directed in 1967:

It’s really close to the Sophocle’s version : Nevertheless, we can see a « before » with Oedipus as a baby and his birth and an « after » with the exil of Oedipus. But there is a lot of anachronism like Twenties’s cars, or Fireworks… Pasolini decided to adapt his life in his film : Indeed, the actress of Jocasta represent his mother and as his father was a soldier, Laius has a service’s man suit . He directed in Marocco, in Bologne in the Italia, his birth and studies city , and gives to Afficher l'image d'origineOedipus a different character : Indeed, Whereas the Sophocle’s Oedipus is really authoritative and smart, the Pasolinis’s Oedipus seems to be really excessive(he screams everytime!!) and doesn’t always thinks.

It gives to the movie a humorous character and sometimes ridiculous.

But, it’s anyway a good adaptation.

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Here’s the trailer :

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Stranger Things By The Duffer Brother

Stranger Things is an american series where the story take place on Hawkins in 1984
A strange vanishing of a child after surnatural event sows panic on the city. The friends of the missing search him with hope. They met an etrange shaved girls who have got telekinesis power and who says know where is their friends. She maybe is the keys of the mystery that hides the Hawkins city.

It’s an original Netflix series realeased in 2016 and again on production. Very insteresting by his filmic method very aesthetic on an 80’s atmosphere. I find the actor play very good.

I advice this series at the amator of fantasy and suspens.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them By David Yates ; J.K Rowling

« Fantastic Beasts and where to find them » is the new David Yate’s  fantasy movie, written by J.K Rowling. It was realeased on November, 16.

We are on Harry Potter’s universe but on an other continent, the USA, and 100 years before. Wizard’s world are in danger, they are threatened by « Salem’s Faithful » wich is an organisation who want to killed all the wizards. Furthermore, a mysterious force sows chaos in the streets of New-York. We met Norbert Dragono, a british wizard, who arrive in N.Y with his bag filled with fantastic animals. His bag reminds us of Dr Who’s tardis. She « is bigger inside » and abound of many recesses for his Beasts. Many things arrive to him, he is arrested, to showing his power at « No-Maj », muggle for us, and to have lost some fantastic animals. He is suspected to be the origin of the chaos in new-york by the Magical Security Percival Graves’s directess.

It’s a fabulous story where I was able to find all the Harry Potter’s universe and spell like « actio » « pertricus totalus », my favorite things when I was younger. If you want to became a child, go see this movie now !

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S Lewis ( 1950 )

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the first book from the Narnia series, it’s a fantasy novel written by C.S Lewis and published in 1950.

The story takes place in 1940 during World War II, to escape for what’s happening in London at that time, 4 siblings ( Edmund, Lucy, Peter and Susan Pevensie ) are sent by their parents to live with Professor Kirke in the countryside. One day when all the kids were playing hide and seek, Lucy found an old wardrobe and hides in it, while hiding she found out that this wardrobe is a magic portal which leads to a forest in a land called Narnia. All the siblings will, then, go to Narnia and their adventure will begin there.

I absolutly love all kinds of magical / dystopian novels and the Narnia series is a part of my collection.  These novels are a classic and if you haven’t read it yet, you probably already saw one of the 3 extremely long movie adaptations, talking about this, the The Silver Chair is apparently going to come out in 2017…

Goodbye, Up There, Pierre Lemaitre

Today, I would like to speak about a novel written by a French author whose name is Pierre Lemaitre: Au revoir là-haut (Goodbye up there). This novel received in 2013 (the year of its publication) the well-known Goncourt Price. This book belongs to the picaresque genre. One of the features of this genre is that the protagonist is an unfortunate character and he generally lives outside the society. In Au revoir là-haut there are two leading characters named Albert Maillard and Edouart Péricourt. They were French soldiers during World War One (the first chapters unfold this period). As we all know, France « won » this conflict. But after, the country essentially concentrated on the dead – by spending a lot of money to honorably bury the victims and to build memorials- and not on the survivors. The reader follows these two former soldiers and is going to discover how they want to make money.

Before giving my opinion about the book I would like to precise that the title of this novel was inspired by the last words of Jean Blanchard, a soldier who was unfairly accused of desertion and shot. Indeed, he wrote to his wife: (approximately translated)  « I fix an appointement for you in heaven where I hope that God will reunite us. Goodbey up there, my dear wife ».

This book was very interesting to read. I didn’t imagine that some survivors of the War were so forgotten. There was not enough money to pay them and they lived in poverty. Moreover I also learned about the « coffins trafic ». Soldiers were buried everywhere because there were too many deads and it was forbidden to exhume the corpses but some families wanted to bury their relative in the cemetery of the town they lived in so they became law-breakers by exhuming the corpse at night and re-burying it elsewhere.

Au revoir là-haut was adapted into a comic that I’ve not read but I saw it and the drawings are really beautiful and I heard that it was very faithful to the book. A movie is also going to be released (I don’t precisely know the date) and I will surely watch it!

Did you know this book? Do you want to read it?

Emma, Jane Austen

The novel that I want to speak about is entitled Emma. It was written by the famous English author Jane Austen. You may know her thanks to her work named Pride and Prejudice. This may be the most well-known book of this writer but I personally do prefer Emma. What is this book about? The story unfolds principally in the village of Highbury but other fictional places like Hartfield or Randalls are mentioned. Emma, the lead character, lives with her father in Hartfield which is in fact their domain (we can see that they are rich). During her childhood, her governess –and friend- Miss Taylor took care of her. Later, Emma arranges Miss Taylor’s wedding (with Mr Weston). Then she meets Harriet, a pretty seventeen years old woman who has humble origins. Emma decides to guide her and to help her to find a husband. But there are some unexpected consequences …

“I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like” This is what Jane Austen said about her character Emma. What is ironic about Emma is the fact that she doesn’t want to get married but she likes to meddle in relationships that are nothing to do with her. She is indiscreet, too much sure of herself, beautiful and rich. She doesn’t recognize when she was wrong and she takes the liberty of saying audacious comments for a woman at that time. She is also a faithful friend and an intelligent woman. I made this list of adjectives only to prove that Emma is a clever mix of faults and qualities. I appreciate this complexity.

Now I would like to talk about another character that I loved in this book: Mr Knightley. Who is he? Mr Knightley is a friend of Emma but also his brother-in-law. Indeed, Emma has a sister, Isabella, who married John Knightley, the little brother of Mr Knightley (George). The most important to retain about Mr Knightley is the fact that he is the only one who dares to contradict Emma. When she is wrong, he is the one who says “I disagree with you” and that’s why he is –for me- her most sincere friend.

Did you know this novel?  you have read another book of Jane Austen?

The Shawshank Redemption – Frank Darabont

Hi everybody! Today, I would like to speak about the film The Shawshank Redemption . This movie was directed by Frank Darabont in 1994 and it was inspired by Stephen King’s novella « Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption » published in 1982.

Andy Dufresne, a young banker, is unfairly sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife and her lover. He is imprisoned to Shawshank, the most severe penitentiary of the State and proclaimed his innocence for a long time. During his detention, he met Red, an another prisoner imprisoned for several years, with whom he became very friendly. Both, they are going to try to restore the truth.

It should be noted that, in the beginning, this movie was a commercial failure but it is now considered as a cult movie ! It is considered as being « culturally, historically, and aesthetically important » !

This movie is beautiful and full of emotion. I think it is one of movies which is necessary to see! Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins are great !

« We sent you here for life, and it is exactly what we take you »

Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer

« I want a life more intense and richer. »

Once upon a time, a man who preferred to live his dream rather than to dream his life…

This true story is the story of Chris McCandless, which inspired Jon Krakauer in his book « Into the Wild » published in 1996. In this biografical novel, the author recounts the life of this young man who decided to leave the consumer society to return to the wild life. Moreover, this adventure inspired also the film director Sean Penn in 2007.

Chris has one dream: go in Alaska and live there. So, after having his university degree, he begins his trip with his old car and gives up everything : his family, his money, his comfort, his civilized life… He says about him he is a « leather tramp ». Chris travels the South of the United States before realizing his big dream : live alone in Alaska and in harmony with the nature. He decided to settle down in a abandoned bus and lives as he can : he hunts game, eats some roots etc…

But living in the wild is not always easy and Chris has to face many difficulties to survey in this hostile environment…

« I learnt that the main part in life, it is not to be strong, but to feel strong. »

I find this book so interesting and fascinating. It brings us in another universe. This book also makes us think about our role in the consumer society. Through Chris, the reader wonders, throughout the book, if he could have the courage to leave everything to live what we really wish…

This is where I leave you, Jonathan Tropper

Hi Everybody !

Today I would like to talk about the book This is where I leave you  written by Jonathan Tropper and published in 2009.

Jonathan Tropper is an american author, he wrote The book of Joe, Everything Changes… Tropper created with David Schikler the television serie Banshee. His book This is where I leave you also has a film adaptation realesed by Shawn Levy with Jane Fonda and Adam Driver.

The book talks about a family in mourning. Before his death Morton Foxman expressed a last will : that his family celebrates Shiv’ah, a Jewish tradition. Seven days of mourning, together in the same house. They are all different, on the one hand Judd is in depression, on the other hand there is Wendy with his hyperactive children and her husband all time on his phone. The disputes break out with family secrets. The week risks being very long…

This is where I leave you is not big litterature but this book gives us a huge palette of personnalities, thanks to that we sometimes recognize a member of our family. This book made me laugh and it does good at this moment. This is where I leave you is a big portrait of life : hard moments, happy, sad (…). I am really impatient to read another Jonathan’s novel !

 » Family I hate you ! « 

I am a Pilgrim , Terry Hayes

 

Hi Everybody !

Today I would like to talk about the book I am a Pilgrim written by Terry Hayes.

Terry Hayes is an English screenwriter, producer and author. He wrote several scenarios adapted for the cinema by th biggest studios of Hollywood of which From Hell, Dead Calm and also Mad Max 2. I am a Pilgrim is his first novel, it was published on 2013 and it is a thriller.

A young woman murdered in a hotel of Manhattan. A zoologist, father, decapitated in Soudi Arabia. A series of murders all linked up with a man : Pilgrim. Under this name a man hides who in the past ran a unity of secret service and who before leaving, has writing a boof of reference on criminology and legal science. But past catches him, with all his secrets.

I have hesitated for a long time before reading it beacause it seemed to me violent. So yes, this book is violent, but the suspens makes addicted. It is not big litterature but the novel remains very rich in characters, in places, the book is also very interesting because there are different points of views. The link with our reality is well present, and it is what returns the terrible book.

“You can kill a thinker, but you can’t kill the thought »   

Terry Hayes.

The Strange Library – Murakami

Hello !

Alright Kids, it’s New Year, time to take good resolutions and…
No wait, don’t change, stay yourself.

Well, today I’ve decided to speak about one of my christmas present, a little book called « Fushigi Na Toshokan » or « The Strange Library » in english. That’s a short story written by Haruki Murakami a famous japanese writer. See ? I don’t only read mangas !

This little book had a big impact on me you know ? No, don’t think it’s exceptionally clever or something that denunce something. It’s more of a fantasy or a-totally-what-the-hell-is-going-on book ! Yeah that’s the least I can say, it’s pretty disturbing at first, but then it becomes usual.

For the story, a boy named… Er who has no-name if I’m right, goes one day to the local library to borrow some books about a question he wondered about during his way-back home : how taxes were collected in the Ottoman Empire ? With that you already understand the context and the genre of the story ! That’s what he does, but it turned out to be more complicated… To read books about it, he has to go in a special room, in some underground tunnel… where he’ll find himself trapped ! Here he’ll meet strange characters like a sheep man (who’s really good at cooking donuts…) and another crazy psycopath ! I don’t tell what he does ’cause it’s important in the story -and pretty gore. Of course, then he’ll try to escape this strange library…

This book although short was really rich in madness ! (But don’t think all japanese are writting crazy things !) It was moreover entertaining and pretty funny at some moments. Because it’s a short story, all things aren’t equally developped and sometimes and it seems to be said quickly, but it stays cool to read. The character tries to find a way back to normality and that’s really interesting, you’re totally with him when you’re reading the book (plus it’s told with 1rst-person narrative) so you’re fully in it.

In a nutshell that’s a nice little story to pass time for example.

Well, that’s all for me, see you guys !

The Spook’s Apprentice – Joseph Delaney

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Alright people, today the book I’m gonna present you is pretty different from what I’ve done before. Indeed that’s a scary book, a dark fantasy one. As you maybe know I’m really fond of fantasy books (just like my dear Harry Potter) and this one I discovered wandering in the library was my new crush. That’s one of the reason that explain why I really love libraries, since you can find things that you wouln’t find normally. On the book was written « do not read at night » what I found really attractive, I took it and read it late in the night (you can call me crazy I accept it). That was freaking disturbing and scary (not so much but a little anyways) therefore I loved it so much ! What’s strange is great for my mind, I can’t explain it :’)
So this book is the first in a serie of 13 called « The Wardstone Chronicles ».

Tom Ward is the main character and is the seventh son of his father (who’s himself a seventh son), what makes him different from his brothers or sisters. Thus he has special abilities that allow him to see things that others can’t just like ghosts, witches and things that aren’t real. When you are like that, you can be a Spook, which mean that you hunt magical and demoniacal creatures and save people from these of course.
We’ll follow his adventures as the Spook’s apprentice, because he has to learn the job naturally. Living with him, he’ll learn all he has to know to become a good Spook. Of course his life won’t be a bed of roses…

For the moment I didn’t read everything but sure I’ll do it someday because the story was very catchy and… spooky (I had to do it excuse me). Yeah really some phrases and sentences weren’t reassuring ya know, so that was a kind of tense and really scary atmosphere. When you start reading this book, when the action is fully launched you’re totally in it and you’re eager to know what’s going to happen next ! To be honest I was really stressed while reading that but in a good way. Yep really entertaining it was.

In a nutshell go to the library, borrow this book, read it at night and you’ll live a great fantasy adventure. Aw that’s true, there’s a film adapted from the book called « Seventh Son »… I heard it was a dung. Just with the trailer you understand that they transformed it into an action-packed film with too many SFX.
Yeah as always books are better !

See you later 😉

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.

« My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.  But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black— black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster. »

[The official back cover of the book]

 

Today I’m going to speak about Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, a not famous author but promising and talented. The novel is American and published in 2015. We are in a sterile universe of Madeline Whitter, a teenager with a rare disease that affects her immune system and forces her to live at home, locked up, without contact with the outside world.

     Madeline Whittier is a teenager with SCID (Severe Combined Immune Deficit), a rare disease that, with the slightest bacteria, can kill her and his father and brother are died when she has 4 months. Maddy (her nickname) is therefore confined to her room disinfected since her youngest age : she has never been able to feel the slightest ray of sunshine caressing her skin. She adapts, she has friends on the internet, she reads a lot of books and creates articles, she takes lessons online. She lives normally because she only knows that. I felt this confinement and the weariness of the repeated tasks : Maddy always plays the same games, often watches the same films, it’s a sort of comfort because it is the only thing she knows and she can share with someone (her mother or nurse), but it’s also depressing because the heroine feels prisoner, useless, with no future. But one day, the outside intrigues her and offersher unknown desires so far. The outside has a name : Oliver (Olly). He is his age and has just moved in front her house. He’s a good character, and he also has family problems. We learn in the same time of Maddy that his sister, his mother and him are beaten by their father. The conversations between Olly and Maddy are simple but invigorating. Maddy tries to resist to Olly, but how can she refrain from observing her only source of comfort and joy ? She knows very well that no matter the nature of this possible relationship, she is doomed to failure : who would like a friend whom one can not frequent or a girlfriend that you can not even touch ? And yet, it is well known that Olly may well be the only person on earth to take an interest in Maddy. She can’t talk about her existential problems with her mother without adding more guilt, so Olly is the first person with whom she can open up. And for Olly, Maddy represents something healthy and cheerful, the opposite of what he finds in his home when he’s returning from classes.

     I had already heard of the SCID but it is a little known and a little neglected by the media or literature. Nicola Yoon touched a sensitive point with this disease, because if we complain about our small everyday problems, we realize how we are ridiculous. This story is just beautiful. I encountered a multitude of emotions over the pages. Compassion, frustration, joy, anger, sadness, hope,… I wanted to fight for Madeline as she did herself. It is the desire to live one’s life, to take risks, to exceed the limits. A life without having lived is a waste of time. And in front, we have fear, anxiety. Everything, Everything reads very quickly and has its small peculiarities. Nicola Yoon brings us even closer to her character, she has personalized certain thoughts, we find them in the form of drawings, explanatory diagrams, diaries, notes with humor and freshness. I had started this book with no hope for the heroine, the SCID being incurable. I was expecting the relationship between Maddy and Olly to stop, it was clear to me that even though Olly was in love with Maddy he could not stay with her, because a relationship without touching one another, kissing oneself, without dating really, seems to me impossible. As much to say that I had not seen this end coming, until this famous mail from the doctor of Hawaii. Frankly, the idea that her mother had not recovered from the trauma of the loss of her husband and her son had not even occurred to me. For me she suffered (normal) but I thought that the shock had passed. So, I understood the reaction of Maddy who saw her life pass under the nose, but I had compassion for her mother who never recovered from this accident.

     It was a great discovery. This novel is cute, poetic, and filled with love. It is the kind of light romance that must be read from time to time and that does good to morale.

« The greatest risk is not taking one ».

When the night becomes day by Sophie Jomain.

    Today I’m going to speak about When the night becomes day, a shocking and realistic novel by Sophie Jomain on the desire to die. The novel is French and published in 2016. The author seizes on a serious subject, that of euthanasia, through a young woman, Camille, who has suffered fromsevere depression since her teenager.

     There are novels that one does not want to let go, and that one is nostalgic to close, once the last page read. This is the case here. If the question of euthanasia is not new, the way the author treats it comes out of sight and revision. When the night becomes day is written from the point of view of Camille, a young woman of twenty-nine years old. She recounts her life as in a newspaper, she invites us in her head and introduces us to the one that accompanies her from her early memories of youth until the present of her story : her suffering. Yet the young woman, an only child, lives in a loving family, with parents with a comfortable financial situation and infinite love for their daughter. But Camille can not bear : a violent physical rejection that causes her to make several suicide attempts and lead to violent physical pain like headaches or vomiting.This hatred towards her body begins at twelve years when she is very skin. Then as a teenager, she becomes obese and then alternates phases of anorexia and obesity for several years. When she decides to ask for euthanasia in Belgium, she is almost thirty-years old. This is accepted despite the fact that she does not have an incurable disease, as doctors consider it an incurable depression. She then goes to a medical-psychiatric clinic about two months before her scheduled death.

     The story continue and we attach ourselves to Camille, we hope that each pages will be sweeter for her. And this is the case. With the arrival at the clinic, the novel is less black, one even smiles and one has the impression that the weight that carries Camille is less heavy. But it is without counting the days and hours that pass, bringing the young woman closer to her death. The story told is very violent. From the very first lines, the reading is difficult. We’re wondering if we should continue. When we continue to read, we follow Camille gradually from childhood to her twenty-nine years old. We see the difficulty of adulthood, the first emotions in love, the doubts, the difficult self-acceptance, etc… The author describes extremely well the pain of Camille and the rejection of her body, all the more so as the author tells the story in the first person. And yet, one can not imagine the pain she feels. For the character, the violence of these questions is multiplied. We do not know if it is she who has never accepted her body, or if society has never allowed, accepted her. The author has found the words and the way to speak of a very hard subject, and still taboo in France, without falling into the psychological tearing or the excess. It’s written with accuracy and for my part, I understand the choice of Camille. In a sort of introduction, Camille summarizes her life and the why of her choice. The rest is the countdown between the date of her death with the management of the situation, the declaration for theparents and their reactions, her accompaniment with the medical team, and also more.

     I like to read real stories, or those that could have been. I think it’s because the world is so complex, so rich, so diverse, so tragic and so beautiful, that its own stories enchant me enough. I can’t get out of the story, detach myself from the characters. I live through the characters and their emotions. When the night becomes day is a fictive story, and yet it has taken me to the guts like an autobiographical novel. It’s a short story but really touching with a tormented character that is sometimes difficult to understand. But really a great story. The issue of euthanasia is addressed in an interesting way. 

U2

Bloody Sunday

Sunday Bloody Sunday is a song from the music group U2, it’s an Irish group who was formed in 1976. This song went of the 11 March of 1983 and tells the story of The Troubles and escpecially the Bloody Sunday. Here is the lyrics of the song:

Yeah
Hmm hmm

I can’t believe the news today
Oh, I can’t close my eyes
And make it go away
How long
How long must we sing this song?
How long? How long

’cause tonight we can be as one
Tonight

Broken bottles under children’s feet
Bodies strewn across the dead end street
But I won’t heed the battle call
It puts my back up
Puts my back up against the wall

Sunday, bloody Sunday
Sunday, bloody Sunday
Sunday, bloody Sunday

And the battle’s just begun
There’s many lost, but tell me who has won?
The trench is dug within our hearts
And mothers, children, brothers, sisters torn apart

Sunday, bloody Sunday
Sunday, bloody Sunday

How long
How long must we sing this song?
How long? How long

’cause tonight we can be as one
Tonight tonight

Sunday, bloody Sunday
Sunday, bloody Sunday

Wipe the tears from your eyes
Wipe your tears away
Oh, wipe your tears away
I wipe your tears away
(Sunday, bloody Sunday)
I wipe your blood shot eyes
(Sunday, bloody Sunday)

Sunday, bloody Sunday (Sunday, bloody Sunday)
Sunday, bloody Sunday (Sunday, bloody Sunday)

And it’s true we are immune
When fact is fiction and TV reality
And today the millions cry
We eat and drink while tomorrow they die

The real battle just begun
To claim the victory Jesus won
On

Sunday, bloody Sunday
Sunday, bloody Sunday

Now we have to replace the historic context to understand the song. The Troubles is a ethno-nationalist conflict in Northern Ireland between 1968 and 1998, at the beginning the conflict was political and nationalist (but it had also an ethnic dimension although it wasn’t religious). On the one hand, loyalist who are mostly protestants and considered themselves British, wanted Northern Ireland remain within the United Kingdom. On the other hand, Irish nationalists/republicans who are mostly catholics, considered themselves Irish and wanted to leave the United Kingdom. It was a complex conflict with numerous armed and political actors.

The song tells the story of the Bloody Sunday wich took place the 30 January of 1972. It was a shooting Attack in wich British soldiers shot 26 anonymus civilians during a paceful protest march against internment without trial. 14 people died: 13 were killed instantatly and an another man four months later by his injuries.

Analysis of the song:

The first stanza: The singer, Bono, can’t believe his eyes. He saids that he can’t rest insensitive and powerless : « I can’t believe the news today, I can’t close my eyes and make it go away ». He calls up the gathering of Irish people.

The second stanza: the tone is darker and the anger present « Puts my backup against the wall ». Bono describes a battlefield full of dead people  » Broken bottles under children’s field »

The musical bridge: The singer asks stop crying « Wipe the tears from your eyes », we have to keep hope.

Chorus: The singer repeats « Sunday, bloody Sunday », it’s a mark of insistence.

Third stanza: It’s a criticism of the media wich trivialize the violence to the point that it doesn’t shock anymore  » And it’s true we are imune when fact is fiction and TV reality ». However some poeple are still crying into indifference  » And today the millions cry ».

But the battle continues, not the one who will see the Victory of catholics or protestants but the one who will see the victory of Jesus « to claim the victory Jesus won ».

Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The picture of Dorian Gray is the only novel of Oscar Wilde published in the July 1890 of Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine. The editor of the magazine explained that the story was indecent and censored five hundred words before the publication. Despite this censorship, The Picture of Dorian Gray offended the moral sensibilities of British book reviewers : they said that Wilde violating the laws of public morality. First, Wilde defended his novel in correspondence with the press. Then, he delete the most controversial words and publicated his book the following year,

The Picture of Dorian Gray begins on a summer day in Victorian era when a famous artist : Basil Hallward is painting the portrait of an handsome youngman named Dorian Gray. Through Basil, Dorian meet Lord Henry Wotton who convinced him of the value of beauty and pleasure above all things. Dorian is really disturbed by Lord Henry’s words and terrify of his own image and fears that his youth and beauty will fade. Dorian becomes jealous of this painting wich remain forever young while he is have to to aging and passionately whishes that the marks of life appeared on the portrait and no on his face. Lord Henry is fascinated of Dorian’s innoncence as much as Dorian is impressed by Henry’s way of life, they become fast friends.

Dorian soon falls in love of a poor but talented young actress named Sibyl Vane. They become engaged and he brings Henry and Basil to a theater. Sibyl plays here but her acting was inexplicaly terrible. On backstage she tells him that now she loves him but that her feelings are going to pass away. Disgusted, Dorian breaks of their engagement and leaves Sibyl. He returns to his home and discovers that his portrait had now a slightly different facial expression. He realized that the portrait was alive : a linving mirror of his soul.

Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones

Don’t you think that we all need a bit of wizardry from time to time? I sometimes find it delightful to go back in time, and it’s easier to do than you might think. No need of a magic wand, simply one of those book that you read a long time ago. One of those bewitched books whose worlds feel like weird but mesmerizing places you visited with a pounding heart but that you know so well that they are now as many shelters. However, the book I would like to talk about contains its share of mystery, involving a wizard with odd habits, a door opening to four different places, a sweaty young-looking witch, a young girl in disguise and even a fire-demon…

Have you ever heard of Howl’s Moving Castle? Maybe you have, but I would be surprised if it really was about the book and not the equally wonderful but rather different motion picture created by the internationally acclamed Hayao Miyazaki. The movie you may know was actually inspired by a British book written by Diana Wynne Jones, who published over 30 books.

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The protagonist of this story is seventeen-years-old Sophie Hatter, the eldest of three sisters. Their father owns a a hat shop in the town of Market Chipping, in Ingrary. For Sophie, being born eldest of three is just enough to be the beginning of her troubles. You see, as everyone in this land knows, succeeding in the role of fortune-seeker is reserved to the youngest children and the eldest are merely those who fail first, if not even worse… Actually, we first hear of our eponymous wizard in the first chapter, where Jones teases the well-known clichés of the fantastic genre, as the land of Ingary is depicted as a place « where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist« . Sophie is resigning herself to live a dull life making hats as it will follow for sure, while her sisters both live exciting existences, until a moving castle appears on the hills above the town and refuses to stay motionless. At first afraid that it would belong to the dreadful Witch of the Waste, the townspeople are then soon saying that its owner is the wizard Howl, who can’t help but have fun « collecting young girls and sucking the souls from them. Or some people said he ate their hearts. »

Nonetheless, Sophie unwillingly attracts the Witch of the Waste’s anger and finds herself stuck into an old lady’s body. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the always-moving castle seenable from her hat shop: the Wizard Howl’s Castle. And since she aged so much, she isn’t scared anymore. Furthermore, she will have to handle Howl himself, who is so vain that he spends hours in the bathroom before going out, his young helper Michael and Calcifer, the talking fire… Becoming Howl’s housemaid only becomes possible after setting an uncanny bargain with the demon-fire in the hearth: although she can’t speak about the spell she is under, Calcifer knows it and agrees to give her back her appearance if she manages to discover and break the contract that links him up with Howl. But who is really Howl? Why is he so difficult to pin down? Can Sophie trust this mischievous fire crackling on the hearth? How does the castle manage to be in 4 locations in the same time? And does the jars in the bathroom labelled HAIR, SKIN and EYES contain limbs of unfortunate girls who came too close to the wizard?

It may just sounds like a foolish little tale, but it’s more than that. It would be nearly impossible to write about all of the astonishing surprises and elements that this story incorporates, so I will tell those I am the most amazed of.

First of all, there are many fairytales connections. But Jones knows them so well, that she easily explores them, reshuffes them and goes even further by subverting them, which is truly refreshing and remarkable to me. To begin with, doesn’t the name of the Witch of the Waste remind you of someone? It could be this other sorceress straight out from « The Wonderful Wizard of Oz » whose name is interestingly the Witch of the West. Furthermore, the opening chapter about Sophie’s life is reminiscent of Cinderella‘s tale, without Sophie having bad relationships with her relatives and siblings, fated to create hats her whole life long. Similarly, Howl and Sophie seem to embody the roles of the Beauty and the Beast alternately- Sophie is both the Beauty and the Beast at times, just like Howl is- and they can’t be easily defined. Also, Howl is a very interesting hero, who has qualities but is so far away from the perfect character that he becomes very human. He is vain, sees himself as a drama queen (or king) but also incredibly coward at times, he often throws a fit because of meaningless matters: he catches the flu, or his hair’s colour is wrong…Although it isn’t a humorous story, there are many really funny moments.
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“I feel ill, » [Howl] announced. « I’m going to bed, where I may die.”

Then, it is also such an optimistic story! Although Sophie ages prematurely, she is never down and always sees things as the part of the bottle that is half-full. Judging that this new appearance represents her true self better than her former youthful one, she just keeps going and overcomes every obstacle, finally daring to take charge of her own destiny. Jones also doesn’t mollycoddle her readers, she doesn’t look down on them, as she doesn’t explain everything but let us put every part of the puzzle together on our own. She trusts us. Which brings me to my last point: she words her sentences wonderfully, cleverly as well.

“Things are going round and round in my head–or maybe my head is going round and round in things.”

And it’s also the way this book can be perceived: its story is a story of words. Different kind of words: songs, curses, words that save or hurt, harm imposed after believing in words… This is a book that tells the importance of words, or how magical they can be.
roomThank you very much Manon for buying it to me 😉

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson

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Have you ever heard of the film director Wes Anderson? Or have you ever watched one of these movies: The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, the Darjeeling Limited or the eponymous animated feature Fantastic Mr Fox based on Roald Dahl’s book… I am sure that if you did see one of them, you remember it for sure! He may have one of the most distinctive visual styles a popular American film director has ever had, which led to many parodies reproducing his unique work… For instance, he seems to be obsessed with symmetry and unique colours. The sceneries he imagines are always very colourful and look as if we just entered a magical fairy tale. Moreover, critics and writers, as well as Anderson himself often refer to his films as  « self-contained worlds« . The characters of his films always behave in a totally exentric way and have amusing but weird characteristics, as much physically as intellectually. But here is a warning: if at first sight, his movies just seem to be wacky comedies, they are actually more meaningful than that and marked by melancholic elements. His recurring themes are often grief, loss of innocence, parental abandonment, suicide, adultery, sibling rivalry…Don’t simply rely on the seemingly shallow lines, you should find the lines between the lines!

The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of his latest films and I really enjoyed watching it! It is the kind of movies you should watch when you are sad, sick or depressed: it will make you laugh a lot, cry of laughter and laugh some more…And then feel a bit melancholic?

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« The Beginning of the End of the End of the Beginning has begun... »

Wes Anderson creates a brand new world with a special atmosphere. The landcapes and aesthetic choices he makes are truly worth-watching! To sum it up, I could simply say that we follow the adventures of a legendary concierge, played by Ralph Fiennes, and known as Mr. Gustave H. He is in charde of a great hotel located in the city of Nebelsbad, in a fictional Central European state called Zubrowka, between the First and the Second World Wars. Known to court aging wealthy women who flock to the Grand Budapest Hotel, we get to know Mr. Gustave through the eyes of a trainee lobby boy, Zero Moustafa. Freshly arrived in the country after his hometown was invaded and his family executed, his most important mission is to give Mr. Gustave his precious fragrance, « L’air de Panache ».
Their life is quite comfortable until one of the concierge’s octogenarian guests, Mrs. (take a deep breath) Céline Villeneuve Desgoffe und Taxis, also known as « Madame D » or even Madame C.V.D.u.T, is found murdered..

« -What if I fall? -Oh, my darling, what if you fly?. »

.Both of them will meet Agatha, a resourceful pastry chef, with whom Zero will fall in love.
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This action-packed movie is even harder to tell indeed because the film director chose a frame narrative. It usually means a story within a story. But you can’t just use this if you are Wes Anderson…This movie is more likely a story within a story within a story. It is divided in several parts, which are:

-Prologue
-Part 1: Mr.Gustave
-Part 2: Madame C.V.D.u.T
-Part 3: Check-point 19 Criminal Internment Camp
-Part 4: The Society of the Crossed Keys
-Part 5: The Second Copy of the Second Will
-Epilogue

This shooting script reminds us of a book, and it’s exactly what Wes Anderson wants us to think. He was inspired by the author Stefan Zweig’s work and this whole story is actually told by an older Zero Moustafa to a famous writer -played by Judd Law-. The former lobby boy is now the director of a shabby and empty version of the Grand Budapest Hotel, several decades after the end of the Second World War. He still visits his hotel now and then, to immerse himself fully in his memories. A deep scent of nostalgia emanate from the Prologue and we figure out, that if what we just saw felt like something magical but artificial, it now makes sense. The Grand Budapest Hotel seems to be an idealized, beautiful memory shared with the Young Writer, who will die. A Young Girl can be seen in front of his grave with a book of his. So, the story is a memory of Zero, whose audience is The Author as a young man. He then remembers it as an older man, whose audience is both us (as he talks directly to the camera) and the girl reading the book, and whose audience, finally, is no one else but us. It could be a beautiful metaphor of memories to cherish, as everything and everyone is going to die one day, but it also brings a bit of hope, as it can be remembered for a long time.

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Do you know any of Wes Anderson’s other movies? If so, what did you think about it? ☺

The Color Purple – Alice Walker

I’ve recently read a novel very touching, so I’ve decided to write an article about it. The Color Purple is a novel written by Alice Walker and published in 1982. It faced censorshipduring the 90’s since it was judged as inappropriate and too violent.

With epistolary form, the book tells the story of Celie, a 14 year old afro-american young lady. Deprived of education during her childhood, she lives with Alphonso, the man who took her away from her family. As she isn’t aware of « the good and the bad », she let him rape her and get her pregnant twice. She has a little sister, Nettie, who’s 12 years old. One day, a man comes to ask for Nettie’s hand. Alphonso refuses and proposes to give Celie instead of his younger girl. The man, named Albert, accepts. But he will treat Celie as bad as you can imagine. With him, she has another child : Harpo. After growing up, he falls in love with Sofia, a women with « shapes ». Anyway, Harpo tries to submit her to him, as his father asked. But Sofia resists. Celie first encourages his son to keep trying to submit the girl (the only thing she learnt is the fact that women are inferior to men…) But soon after she realises she was wrong and stands with Sofia. Then, Celie’s husband brings his lover at their house because she has health problems. At first, Shug (his lover), treats Celie as someone less than nothing. But gradually, the two women get to know each other and their friendship begins. Although Shug feels better, she stays to protect Celie from her husband. Both become more and more intimate: they have an ambiguous relationship now. But if Celie thinks that everything will be easier now, she is wrong. Many other difficulties are waiting for her… It’s up to you to discover which ones ! 

I admit that sometimes it is quite hard to read, but I assure you it’s worth reading it ! And if you’re not especially a fan of books, you can also watch the movie directed by Spielberg.