Silver Linings Playbook is an American drama film released in 2012. It starts Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in the main roles, and Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver in supporting roles. It was nominated for 8 Oscars but only got one : Best Actress in a leading role for Jennifer Lawrence who became the second youngest woman in history to win this award.
The films is about Pat, a former teacher who just get out of a psychiatric hospital, who gets back to his parents and yesterday wants to win back his wife, who left him before he was committed to this hospital. To achieve this goal, he want to show her that he is doing every possible effort to heal and become a better man that what he was before. He receives help from a young woman,Tiffany, who has recently lost her husband and also suffers from mental issues. They make each other a promise : she helps him out to win back his wife but he was to train with her so they both participate in a dancing contest.
The film is very touching, and really allows us to understand that life isn’t always kind to everyone and some events can really affect your behavior and create disorders that are very hard to live with. In the film, Tiffany wants to make Pat understand that only will be happy if he accepts that he has issues and if he stops living in the past.
When they see us is a Netflix mini-series released in 2019 which reverses the wrongful conviction of five teenagers. It traces one of the biggest miscarriage of justice in the United States.
This Series has known a lot of success but also a lot of dissatisfaction.
At the end of the 80’s, on April 19th 1989, in the heart of Central Park, a young woman was found half-conscious after being raped and beaten. Trisha Meili, 28, an employee of an investment bank was jogging when she is assaulted. Ed Koch, the mayor of New York at the time, even called it the “crime of the century”.That same night, the police received calls alerting them that a group of thirty to forty teenagers terrorized passers in Central Park. Two young boys were arrested, Kevin Richardson and Raymond Santana, who said they had only witnessed the violence. Then, when Trisha Meilli’s body was discovered, the police arrested three other teenagers in Harlem: Yusef Salaam, Korey Wise and Antron McCray. Subjected to almost 30 hours of interrogations, the boys with the exception of Yusef Salaam, ended up confessing their guilt in recordings. However, the police could not find any piece of evidence to support these statements, and the suspects, aged 14 to 16, had a clean criminal record. In 2002, when some of the teenagers had already served their sentence, the real guilty, Matias Reyes, revealed that he was the only one guilty of the crime. The “Central Park Five” were cleared and took the city of New York to court, for malicious prosecution and racial discrimination, they eventually received a compansation of 40 million dollars.
This mini series is very interseting because it is based on true events. It shows how terrible this miscarriage of justice was and how it ruined lives of young people, and how it’s hard to get up after that even if their were innocent all along. This story also reminds us that racism in the USA was very strong in the 80’s and how Black People were treated by the authorities.
Chernobyl is an HBO limited serie which was a real success after its release in 2019.
The story takes place in Chernobyl in Ukraine, starring Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgard and Emily Watson, it traces the events of one of the most dramatic disasters in history : the explosion, in 1986, of a reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Soviet Union.
The series received a lot of Golden Globes and Emmy nominations for Best Music, Best Actors and Actress, Best Directing and Best Mini Series . Despite its success and reputation for reconstructing the Chernobyl disaster, some moments of the show are modified and don’t correspond to the reality of the true events. Changes in certain facts sparked discontent and controversy, with Russia accusing the series of exaggerating the responsability of the Soviet authorities in the disaster. Some journalists even said that the series is made only to criticize and devalue the Soviet Union.
The series focuses on three characters who helped not only prevent further disasters but also understand how such a catastrophe could have happened. Valeri Legassov, a scientist specialized in reactors, Boris Schcherbina and Ulana Khomyuk (who is fictional character cretaed to represent the group of researchers who helped Legassov in order to simplify the series) arguably played the most important role in this case. Thanks to them we now know that the accident which struck Chernobyl was not a coincidence but a mistake due to the incompetence of the nuclear power plant chiefs. Moreover, the last episode mainly focuses on the trial of the three men who were responsible for the disaster : the two plant chiefs and the chief engineer.
During the five episodes, Chernobyl traces the events of what happened before and after the explosion as well as government pressure to hide the case from the rest of the world.
It’s a dark and moving series that really wants to show the harsh reality. Its authenticity and its connection to history allows us to truly immerse ourselves in one of the greatest catastrophes of the twentieth century.
I was very surprised to love this series so much and to have followed it to the end because the scientific field is not something I am particularly interested in. But I eventually ended up being really captivated by the show which I think, will leave anyone speechless after every single scene.
A star is born is a Romance movie released in 2018 . This is the third remake of a classic film, it is producted and directed by a big Hollywood star Bradley Cooper. He also stars in the film with one of the biggest singer of the decade, Lady Gaga.
The movie is about Jackson Maine, played by Bradley Cooper, a famous country music singer in the USA who deals with a lot of problems with drugs and alcohol. After one of his concerts he meets Ally, played by Lady Gaga, A small cabaret singer who dreams of becoming a more famous singer. Her performance of « La vie en Rose » lets him speechless and he eventually fall in love with her .A long love story between the two begins after he invited her to sing alongside him at one of his concerts. Jackson introduces the young promising singer to the musical industry, then Ally meets with sucess the public and records labels and soon enters the big leagues. Quickly overshadowed by the success of the young woman, Jackson lives more and more badly this situation between incomprehension and jealousy the love story will turn in drama.
This remake has know a lot of success all over the world with more than 40 nominations in a lot of categories, in this film, the music holds a very special place in the script, it makes the movie very authentic and touching, Cooper and Gaga won the Oscar for best original song for their performance of the famous song « Shallow ».
This is an interesting and very touching story. Through a love story, this movie tells us about the backstage of the musical industry and also speaks about issues with addiction and alcoholism. I love that movie, the complicity of the two actors is incredible, the mix between drama, love story and musical is amazing and the end is very heartbreaking. Before this film, I wasn’t particularly attracted to romance but I have to admit that this one carried me all along, and still does when I watch it again.