“The Night of 12”, “The Nights of Mashhad”: film reviews in cinemas this week

6:00 p.m., July 9, 2022

The Night of the 12th ****

By Dominik Moll, with Bastien Bouillon and Bouli Lanners. 1h54.

In a residential area of ​​Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne (Savoie), a young woman was doused with petrol and burned alive in the street. The PFY of Grenoble is seized of this murder for no apparent reason… Dominik Moll (Harry, a friend who wishes you well) returns to his favorite genre with this thriller, freely inspired by a message from Seine-et-Marne in 2013. Even if we know in advance that we are dealing with a cold case, the suspense proves to be captivating as the story sinks into the darkness of the human soul. The staging, realistic and with surgical precision, describes the different phases of the intervention in an atmosphere riddled with false clues. Exceptional in sketching the portrait of pursued police officers played by Bastien Bouillon and Bouli Lanners. SB

Mashhad Nights ***

By Ali Abbasi with Tsar Amir Ebrahimi, Mehdi Bajestani. 2h.

In 2000, a journalist travels from Tehran to investigate a serial killer attacking prostitutes in the holy city of Mashhad. The talented Ali Abbasi (Border) is inspired by a message that shaped him in his youth and signs a very dark thriller, breathless and in high suspense, masterfully staged in its violence and its twists and turns. We shudder and revolt at the same time as our heroine when faced with both a criminal who doesn’t look the part and a society that despises women’s courage. LV

Rifkins Festival**

By Woody Allen, with Wallace Shawn, Gina Gershon, Louis Garrel. 1h32.

Mort Rifkin, a film teacher who dreams of literature, accompanies his wife to the San Sebastian festival, where she directs the press of a fashionable French director. Set in a postcard setting, this Spanish adventure by Woody Allen rejects its New York themes: cinephilia, existential discontent, hypochondria and vaudeville. It’s no surprise at all, but this 49e Film on autopilot is worth watching for some tasty punchlines and the homage Allen pays to his masters Bergman, Welles or Godard through a dozen pastiche scenes. SJ

Thor: Love and Thunder**

By Taika Waititi, starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale and Russell Crowe. 1h59.

Thor’s retirement is punctuated by two events: a murderer sets out to eliminate the gods, and his ex-girlfriend, who has cancer, becomes a superhero in her turn… With unbridled madness and irreverence, relapse and letting go is total from New Zealand director Taika Waititi. Change of look for Chris Hemsworth in the role of the space viking: the armor gives way to the leather jacket, jeans and t-shirt. The film torpedoes the myth with an absurd, scathing and delirious sense of humor until it slips at times. He allows himself all sorts of transgressions and breaks in tone to unsettle familiar Marvel audiences. A gigantic release, bold and excessive. SB

To kill the beast**

By Augustina San Martin, with Tamara Rocca, Ana Brun. 1h20.

Emilia, 17, goes to the Brazil-Argentina border to find her brother, whom she doesn’t know about. According to the villagers, an evil spirit in the form of a beast is haunting the jungle. Strange but beautiful first film of this initiation story that blurs the line between reality and local mysticism by mixing genres. If her nebulous side can be confusing, the humid and misty atmosphere created by the director is captivating and we let the teenager drag us along in this tropical and sensual labyrinth. Bap.T.

Jesus Lopez**

By Maximiliano Schönfeld, with Lucas Shell, Joaquin Spahn. 1h27.

After the brutal death of his cousin Jesus, a racing driver, a foul-tempered teenager gradually takes his place, encouraged by his uncle and aunt. The Argentine director sets his storyline in a rural community descended from German immigrants and addresses the themes of grief and identity through the figure of the doppelganger. His naturalistic approach flirts with the fantastic as the story progresses. Skilfully staged and directed despite redundancies, he seduces with his finesse and the accuracy of the actors. Bap.T.

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