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Monsieur Chocolat Premiere

Roschdy Zem - Monsieur Chocolat premiere at Delphi-Filmpalast - Berlin, Germany - Wednesday 20th April 2016

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The Cold Light Of Day Trailer


Will Shaw is a young Wall Street trader, who comes from a well off family. One summer, they all decide to holiday in Spain, on their yacht. Will meets them at the airport and they head to their boat together.

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Point Blank [A Bout Portant] Review


Excellent
Lean and fierce, this French thriller wastes no time getting our adrenaline pumping. It throws us straight into a frantic situation and continually asks us what we'd be willing to do to survive.

Samuel (Lellouche) is a hospital orderly trying to become a qualified nurse just as his wife Nadia (Anaya) has been bed-bound in her last months of pregnancy. Then Hugo (Zem) arrives in the emergency room after a road crash, and everything changes. Nadia is kidnapped, and Samuel finds himself in the middle of a war between criminal thugs and a dirty cop (Lanvin). And the one detective (Perrier) who's trustworthy thinks Samuel's involved in a murder. At this point Samuel realises it's useless to clear his name; he just needs to rescue Nadia.

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Outside The Law Review


Very Good
This Oscar-nominated companion piece to 2006's Days of Glory reunites Bouchareb with his three lead actors, playing different characters (with the same names) through the following 15 years of French-Algerian history. It's a riveting, ultimately melodramatic portrait of a key moment in history.

In the mid-1950s, three Algerian brothers who have experienced pain at the hands of their colonial French rulers reunite in a Paris shantytown. Said (Debbouze) has brought their mother (Boudraa) to France as he seeks to money-making opportunities, Messaoud (Zem) is back from serving for France in the Indochina war, and the intellectual Abdelkader (Bouajila) is just out of prison. All three become involved in Algeria's resistance movement in different ways, as ruthless antiterrorist cop Faivre (Blancan) uses increasingly violent methods to find them.

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London River Review


Excellent
Quiet and contained, this film feels like a TV movie due to its somewhat gentle look at a serious issue. But there's real strength in its performances. And it has something significant to say as well, without ever preaching.

Elisabeth (Blethyn) is a widow living in Guernsey, and when she hears about the 7 July 2005 bombings, she immediately phones her daughter in London to make sure she's OK. When she can't reach her, she heads to the city, quickly realising how little she knows about her life there. Meanwhile in France, Ousmane (Kouyate) also decides to head to London to find his son, whom he hasn't seen since he was 6. Soon, these two people realise they're on the same trail, and that their children knew each other.

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2010 Cannes International Film Festival - Day 10 - 'Outside The Law' - Premiere

Rachid Bouchareb, Chafia Boudraa, Sami Boujila, Jamel Debbouze and Roschdy Zem - Rachid Bouchareb, Chafia Boudraa, Sami Boujila, Jamel Debbouze and Roschdy Zem Friday 21st May 2010 at Cannes Film Festival Cannes, France

Rachid Bouchareb, Chafia Boudraa, Sami Boujila, Jamel Debbouze and Roschdy Zem
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The 2009 Cannes Film Festival - Day 4

Roschdy Zem - Saturday 16th May 2009 at Cannes Film Festival Cannes, France

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Days Of Glory Review


Very Good
Every coin has two sides: Rialto's recent reappraisal of Jean-Pierre Melville's peerless Army of Shadows gave us the spy story of the French Resistance that fought a hushed war on the streets and frostbitten open fields of northern France. While that war was silently being fought, a much louder war was being waged on the battlefields to liberate France from the Nazis which is depicted in vivid detail in Rachid Bouchareb's Days of Glory. There are also ulterior motives: where Army of Shadows used the Resistance as a way to study vengeance, loneliness and paranoia, Days of Glory uses the battlefield to confront the obvious racial bias the French Command had against its soldiers from Algeria, Morocco, and Senegal.

Rather than focusing on the battles and no-man-left-behind rhetoric, Days of Glory follows four soldiers as they make their landing in Merseilles and take a long, daunting trip towards the Alsatian front, where they have at it against a group of Nazi soldiers trying to overtake a small town. The leader, Abdelkader (Sami Bouajila in a haunting performance), has the weight of social injustice and racism hanging round his neck while his second-in-command Messaoud (the great Roschdy Zem) is harboring an uncertain love for a white girl he fell for during leave. They attempt to correct the racial strife that goes on (most notably in a scene concerning withheld produce) and try to protect young, misguided Saïd (Jamel Debbouze) from getting ripped to shreds when he becomes the commanding leader's lapdog.

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Le Petit Lieutenant Review


Excellent
Is procedure really that boring? For ages now, the great detectives and police officers of film noirs and action flicks have dreaded the idea of pushing papers, running by procedure and the loathsome task known as a "desk job." But isn't there such a thing as payoff? Isn't there a deeper, resounding thrill in seeing a case from first report to the click of the handcuffs? If you asked most studio pictures, the answer would be a cumulative "nope," but director Xavier Beauvois seems to be in love with the notion.

Fresh out of police academy, Antoine (Jalil Lespert) has just signed up for assignment in Paris, leaving his wife in the suburbs. His excitement increases when he is introduced to his boss, Inspector Vaudieu (venerable Nathalie Baye), a legend who is returning to work after the death of her son and a long fight with alcoholism. The inspector takes Antoine and his supervisor Solo (Roschdy Zem) along to investigate a homicide, the murder of a bum that unravels into the hunt for two Russian thugs. Antoine gets paired with an older cop, Louis (a fantastic Antoine Chappey), and the inspector takes Solo as her partner as they both take statements, question witnesses, and slowly tiptoe towards the truth.

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Le Petit Lieutenant Review


Excellent
Is procedure really that boring? For ages now, the great detectives and police officers of film noirs and action flicks have dreaded the idea of pushing papers, running by procedure and the loathsome task known as a "desk job." But isn't there such a thing as payoff? Isn't there a deeper, resounding thrill in seeing a case from first report to the click of the handcuffs? If you asked most studio pictures, the answer would be a cumulative "nope," but director Xavier Beauvois seems to be in love with the notion.

Fresh out of police academy, Antoine (Jalil Lespert) has just signed up for assignment in Paris, leaving his wife in the suburbs. His excitement increases when he is introduced to his boss, Inspector Vaudieu (venerable Nathalie Baye), a legend who is returning to work after the death of her son and a long fight with alcoholism. The inspector takes Antoine and his supervisor Solo (Roschdy Zem) along to investigate a homicide, the murder of a bum that unravels into the hunt for two Russian thugs. Antoine gets paired with an older cop, Louis (a fantastic Antoine Chappey), and the inspector takes Solo as her partner as they both take statements, question witnesses, and slowly tiptoe towards the truth.

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Alias Betty Review


Excellent
You're a famous novelist and your son dies tragically. What does your chemically iffy mother do? She kidnaps a lookalike baby and gives him to you.

Such is the premise of Alias Betty, a curiously titled film that digs far deeper into questions about the appropriateness of parents and the definition of insanity -- all while deftly avoiding a drop into movie of the week territory.

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Monsieur N. Review


Bad
No movie to my mind has made such a disaster of the voiceover device as Antoine de Caunes' Monsieur N. In fact, the movie should be cited in Screenwriting 101 courses as an example of how, when in the service of a poorly conceived story, the voiceover can become a go-to device for filling in expository and emotional nuances that the script fails to convey. The voiceover in Monsieur N. belongs to a young British aide-de-camp, Basil Heathcote (Jay Rodan), who is assigned to monitor Napoleon's (Philippe Torreton) daily activities during the latter's imprisonment on St. Helena between 1815 and 1821, the year Napoleon supposedly died. Manzor intersperses the script with Heathcote's voiceover, favoring his intimate impressions without sufficiently fleshing him out as a character or developing any sense of why he particularly matters. In director Antoine de Caunes' fidgety hands, what is meant to be a suspenseful lark into historical revisionism quickly becomes an earnest and thudding bore.

Manzor's script grafts upon this movie a Citizen Kane-type structure as it shunts us between the occasion of Napoleon's exhumation in Paris in 1840 and 20 years earlier, during Napoleon's island imprisonment. Upon his exhumation, the question is raised of how Napoleon died -- from an ulcer or slow poisoning? -- and whether Napoleon died at all -- or, as rumor has it, he foisted his butler Cipriani's body in place of his own and escaped to an anonymous life elsewhere. To find out, Heathcote questions Napoleon's mistress, Albine (Elsa Zylberstein), and the few officers who attended to him on St. Helena, as well as the British governor, Hudson Lowe (Richard E. Grant), once in charge of Napoleon's imprisonment and now reduced to an aging and disgraced wreck. Their reflections -- alternately wistful and caustic -- cue us to extended flashbacks of those island years and of Napoleon's shrewdly enigmatic persona. There is also the question of Betsy Balcombe (Siobhan Hewlett), an English merchant's daughter on St. Helena with whom Napoleon has an affair -- much to Albine's chagrin and Heathcote's too, for we're meant to believe that Heathcote's also smitten with her. But his gambit, at one point, to express his feelings to her is laughable, because it's such an obvious ploy by Manzor to bring his character to some turn-of-fate, having arrived here using voiceovers as a shortcut device and never treading the hard road of character development to earn his way.

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Alice Et Martin Review


Bad
Everything that's wrong with French cinema is on display in Alice et Martin, a daring title for a film that, when translated, means... Alice and Martin. Martin is a troubled young French man (Alexis Loret) who runs away from country home, steals fruit and eggs along the way, and ends up in Paris, where of course he instantly becomes a male model. Here he meets musician Alice (Juliette Binoche), and soon enough she's pregnant. Then he goes nuts.

I didn't understand any of this, and I don't expect anyone else to, either. That is, unless you have a psychic connection with the screenwriter. There are long shots of the countryside, slow-motion shots of waves, and an old man falling down the stairs. What does it all mean? Hell if I know. Something about love, obsession, relationships? I know a lot of crazy people, and none of them act like this.

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