Film reviews: “Elvis” by Baz Luhrmann and “Incredible but true” by Quentin Dupieux

The Big Table Review : expert and subjective commentary on culture news. Every week, critics invited by Lucile Commeaux meet for the love of art and reasoning around two disciplines.

In summary, two films about this program: “Elvis”, a biopic about The King, autographed Baz Luhrman (Moulin Rouge, Great Gatsby…) and “Strange but true“The new movie from Quentin Dupieux with Alain Chabat, Lea Drucker and Benoit Magimel.

🎥 – “Unbelievable But True” by Quentin Dupieux

The film :

The unbelievable but real thing about this film is this canal that crosses a house, a magical canal that amazes, frightens, divides Alain and Marie – aka Chabat and Léa Drucker. It is an upper-middle-class French couple, with no children and no history, visiting Alain’s boss, Gérard, and Jeanne, his young companion (Benoît Magimel and Anaïs Demoustier). Gerard doesn’t have a magic channel in his house, but he does have something else special in his pants…
It’s not easy to talk about this new Quentin fable without saying too much. Dupieux, more anchored than usual in a bourgeois provincial setting, more classic perhaps than her previous films: tales of killer tires, haunting suede jackets, and giant bow ties.

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►►►The opinion of the critics: (Excerpts follow ⌛)

►►► This movie is really a good comedy about marital normality.
Dupieux shows a total exhaustion of communication. It describes a life that is stuck in clichés and platitudes and from which we can no longer get out. For me it also tells about loneliness and in the end I found this film quite gripping, funny and at this point even quite right.
Theo Ribeton

►►► “Before this film, we all wait for the device that Quentin Dupieux devised to take place, for the loop to take place, but once it takes place there is no orgasm. C It’s a smokescreen for me “Dupieux allows the viewer to endow this film with intelligence, depth, morality and mastery, despite being an extremely lazy film. It annoys me to see that in the window we imagine a trendy and very intellectual filmmaker , but if you go through the door you discover a hoax stash and snag a cheeky little and utterly devious man.” Murielle Joudet

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  • More information : ” Strange but true” by Quentin Dupieux – With Alain Chabat, Léa Drucker, Benoit Magimel… (In cinemas June 15)

🎥 – “Elvis” by Baz Luhrman

The film :

Elvis is obviously Elvis Presley, born in rural Mississippi in 1935, raised in a mainly black environment where he was immersed in blues and gospel, and who, thanks to a sense of rhythm and music, became the darling of these young ladies in particular within a few months of swaying, that was unheard of among whites at the time.
The film chronicles the rise and fall in roughly chronological order, with a narrative orientation, from the point of view of Colonel Tom Parker, played by Tom Hanks’ troubled agent of Elvis, whom he picked up as a teenager, iconicized and accordingly murdered some remember the king died exhausted and stunned.

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Critic’s opinion: (Excerpts follow ⌛)

►►►“This film has a secret, it’s its actors. I thought Austin Butler was awesome. He’s not trying to imitate Elvis. He hardly plays. The heart of this film is really this actor – we have the cinematic fatness of Baz Luhrmann. A biopic needs to restore an energy, and that’s where Elvis’s invades this film. “ Muriel Joudet

►►► “Baz Luhrmann understood that no actor could play Elvis because Elvis is too divine a character for the biopic. We all have his face, his voice, the way he moves in our heads. We’re trying to make an Elvis that would look like Elvis, it’s impossible. This movie is filled with the absence of Elvis. It’s a bit paradoxical, but it creates a real melancholy and it justifies everything we would normally blame this director for. That’s the tendency of the film and of the place where Luhrmann’s very great intelligence comes into play.” Theo Ribeton

🎧 To go further… Listen to our critics’ full reviews by clicking the player at the top of the page. ⌛

  • More information : “Strange but true” by Quentin Dupieux – With Alain Chabat, Léa Drucker, Benoit Magimel… (In cinemas June 15)


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