Predestination

Predestination is an Australian film directed by Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig. It released in 2014. It’s a science fiction movie but also a thriller. It is the adaptation of the novel You zombies (All You Zombies) by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1959.

A temporal agent specialized in the fight against crime is caught in a series of time travel, intended to perpetuate forever his action as representative of the law. During his last mission, he must recruit a younger version of himself to replace to ensure continuity for all time in his career. For his ultimate mission, the agent must address the only criminal who has always eluded him.

But this movie is more complicated than this… But I can not say anything more, we must look this film to discover ALL the story. For me, the story is really well built and very original. Many endings that suprise, we do not expect anything and we are very attentive to the film from beginning to end. That’s one of my favorite since I watched it. This is not a common kind of movie to others, there is something special in it that makes a great result. The duo between Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook is very very convincing. I highly recommend watching this movie, it really surprised me and I liked it very much. A film, which, once completed, we do ask us about this paradox that is the past, present and future.

American Sniper

American Sniper is an American war film directed by Clint Eastwood and released in 2015. It is the adaptation of the homonymous autobiography US sniper and former member of the SEALs Chris Kyle.

That’s the story of man named Chris Kyle, Sniper Navy SEAL who is sent to Iraq for one purpose: to protect his comrades. His art fire saves countless lives on the battlefield, while the tales of his exploits multiply, he earned the nickname « The Legend ». However, his reputation spreads beyond enemy lines, so that his head is a price and it becomes a prime target for insurgents. Despite the danger, and anxiety in which his family lives, Chris participates in four decisive battles of the most terrible war in Iraq, winning as well as the living embodiment of the motto of the SEAL: « No quarter! « But returning home, Chris realizes that he can not return to normal life.

For me, this is a beautiful movie which create a lot of emotions to the spectator. This movie really touched me. Clint Eastwood is primarily based its mastery of staging. I really recommended this movie for everyone! it is very touching but also very rewarding.

Mommy

Mommy is a Canadian film directed by Xavier Dolan and released in 2014. It’s a drama film and it was presented at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014 and won the Jury Award. This movie is a great success.

That’s the story of a mother and his son. In Canada, a new law appears and allows distressed parents to abandon their troubled children to the hospital system. Diane “Die” Despres, a single mother, must pick her teenage son Steve from the institution where he lives, because he causes several problems and this time, he hurts a little boy who were in the same hospital that him. Steve, who has ADHD, is wild and violent, yet charismatic. At the heart of their problems, they try to make ends meet, thanks to unexpected help from the opposite neighbor, Kyla. All three begin to find an equilibrium shape, and soon hope.

For me, this is a beautiful movie which create a lot of emotions to the spectator. All of this film is great; the story, the various plans, the actors, the music etc… everything is perfectly synchronized. It became one of my favorite movies and I recommend to watch this perfect film!! Xavier Dolan has a real talent and he has also his own style.

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The work of the director is exceptional but also in other realisations like the clip written and executed by Xavier Dolan for Indochine:

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

I would like to talk about one of my favourite novel. The Elegance of the Hedgehog (L’Élégance du hérisson) is a novel by French author Muriel Barbery, published in 2006 by Gallimard.

The story is about two different girls, the first one is named Renée, she is 54 years old and she is the caretaker of a building of bourgeois. She is widow, small, ugly and plump. She has onions on the feet and according to some a mammoth breath. But above all, she is so conformed of the image that we make of the caretaker and as a result it occur to anyone that she is more literate than all those rich enough. The second one is named Paloma, she is 12 and she lives in a bourgeois flat, the same that Renée. But since a long time, she knows that her final destination is the fishbowl, emptiness and absurdity of existence adult. She knows that because she is very intelligent, exceptionally intelligent. That’s why she decided to commit suicide the day of her 13 years old at the end of school year.

I have read the book and I really loved it, I recommend it and for me this book is a great success. That’s why this book has won numerous literary awards, including the Prix booksellers in 2007. I have seen also the adaptation of the novel, The Hedgehog (Le Hérisson), a french and italian film by Mona Achache released in 2009. I enjoyed this movie but I prefer the book!
I recommend to read the book and after watch the movie!

Robinson Crusoe

I have choosen to talk about the famous novel named Robinson Crusoe because this novel is to my mind ( and as we mentioned it in class) the original model for Voyage and Return Stories.

Robinson Crusoe is an adventure novel by Daniel Defoe and published on 25 april 1719. The full title of the novel is The life and the strange and surprising adventures of Robinson Crusoe.

Robinson Crusoe is a fictional character created by Daniel Defoe. He was born in York in England in 1632. But he leaved York in 1651 to navigate against the wishes of his parents. His ship was arrested by the pirates Sallee Rovers and Crusoe became a slave of a Moors. He succeed to escape thanks to a portuguese ship.

In 1659, he joins an expedition in search of African slaves. But in the wake of a storm he is wrecked in an island near the mouth of the Orinoco river. He is the only survivor. In his new life, he builds, cultivates, manufactures, read the Bible but he also raises goats. Only the company of men missing.

The island is named « Despair Island » and it receives the visit of cannibals who come to kill and eat their prisoners. Crusoe wants to exterminate them but they don’t know that their acts are criminals. He dreams of having one or two servants. One of them succeed to escape to the prison. Crusoe and him become friends and he decides to name his new friend « Friday ». He teaches to him English and converts to Christianity.

28 years after, an English ship arrives and a timer just burst; the rebels aim to abandon the captain in this Island. But the captain and Crusoe manage to take back the ship and return in England with Friday who stay a devoted servant. He becomes rich thanks to his plantation, then he travels in France and finally he returns in England.

If I Stay

I would like to talk about a great novel If I Stay.

If I Stay is a novel by American author Gayle Forman, published in 2009 by Dutton Books.

The story is about a girl named Mia who is 17 years old. SHe has a boyfriend who is a rockstar, eccentric parents, precious friends, a cute little brother, so much talent in music and the life in front of her. But at a moment, everything is stopped; her dreams, her projects, her loves. Now, in a ditch by the wayside, a car accident. Her spirit contemplate her broken body. Mia sees everything and listens also everything. She is transported in a hospital and she assists of the arrival of her family and medical diagnostics without being able to do or say something. Between laughs and cries, she reviews her life before the accident. She hesitates to get out the coma, move out or stay? If I stay… that’s why the name of the novel is so called.

I have read the book and I really loved it, I recommend it. I would like to read the second part Where She Went and I’d like to see also the film adaptation directed by R.J. Cutler:

Welcome to Gattaca

Welcome to Gattaca is an American film directed by Andrew Niccol and released in 1997. I have seen this movie for the notion of progress and I really liked it and that’s why I decided to explain this movie and share it with you.

This film is situated in a futuristic world where you can choose the genotype of children. In this society which practises eugenics scale, gametes parents are sorted and selected to keep only children with the fewest defects and maximum benefits.
In this world, all is selected according to its own nature.
Gattaca is a center for study and research space for people to perfect genetic heritage. There is also another story that I let you discover.

In my opinion, this film shows us a futuristic world that seems imaginary but maybe our futuristic world because the progress continue to evolve everyday. As a result, over the years we are likely to have a world like this thanks to the scientific progress and to my mind, it is not good for humanity.

1984

 

We have watched in class 1984 which is a British film directed by Michael Radford and based on the novel by George Orwell and released in 1984. That’s a science fiction movie and I like this kind of film. Here is a short summary, manipulating and controlling every detail of the lives of his subjects, Big Brother is the spiritual leader of Oceania, one of three states whose capital is London. The bureaucrat Winston Smith works in one of the departments. But one day he falls in love with Julia, which is a crime. Both of them will try to escape, but in this nightmarish world divided into three, be all that revolts broke.

 In my opinion, during the film, it’s a little complicated to understand the story because I have the impression that the film is not sufficiently detailed to allow a good understanding. But at the end, we understand everything because there are more and more events. There are some terrifying scenes where we see the character being abused.

We should read the novel because it’s still a strange world and maybe much in the film than in the original work. But generally this is a film well done and for the characters, they played a nice role and as a result, they are excellent in this movie.