After Jack London in “Martin Eden”, the Italian Pietro Marcelo is now bringing the novel by the Russian writer Alexander Grin to the cinema. Juliette (Juliette Jouan), the main character, lives with her father, a carpenter, in rural France after World War I, and ever since, when she was still a child, the local witch told her that one day a prince would come. . for her on a ship with scarlet sails, awaiting an event that will radically change her life, take her away and allow her dreams to come true. Which never really happens, to the detriment of Juliette and also of the viewers of this misleading, episodic and frustrating film.
“Other people’s children”
Virginie Efira, Roschdy Zem and Chiara Mastroianni are the main performers in this film by Rebecca Zlotowski, which competed at the Venice Film Festival. Rachel (Efira) is a 40-year-old teacher, divorced with no children, who is learning to play the guitar and enjoying the carefree life she leads. Until she meets Ali (Zem), divorced like her, but who has a four-year-old daughter, Leila, to whom Rachel feels intensely attached, almost as if she were the girl’s mother. She just isn’t. Then she suddenly wants to have a family of her own, but her clock is ticking. Is it too late for her?
“The little Mermaid”
The new Disney film in real image and with digital effects made on a classic studio cartoon is signed by Rob Marshall, and although it remains faithful to the essential story of the 1989 animated version signed by John Musker and Ron Clements, it transposes action for a tropical latitude and an atmosphere of utopia, a multicultural island where everyone is happy and gets along, from the royal palace to the beach, regardless of ethnicity and social class; and the mermaid Ariel, played by Halle Bailey, is now African (or Caribbean). “The Little Mermaid” was chosen as the film of the week by The Observer and you can read the review here.