our five favorites of the week

The editors of La Vie invite you to start the week with Australian actress Nicole Kidman, with “The interpreter”, breathtaking face to face with Sean Penn, on Arte on Sunday, then on Monday on Arte, in a darker in the island of Jersey, in the movie “The Others”. On Tuesday, on France 4, discover an incredible photographer, Sabine Weiss.

On Wednesday, LCP highlights young educators who show that there are still young people who want to commit themselves to others. On a lighter note, you can close out the week on Friday with the story of singer Elton John told in the movie “Rocketman” on M6. Have a nice week on your screens!

Sunday – The Interpreter

Silvia Broome leads a quiet life as an interpreter at the UN headquarters in New York. The young woman loves this job, which gives her the impression of contributing to the creation of a more peaceful world. But one evening, she overhears a conversation that foreshadows the assassination of the President of the African Republic Matobo, who is visiting the United States. The exchange is in Ku dialect (fictional language created for the film). She knows him well as she has dual citizenship, American and Matobo. The interpreter alerts the police who picked up the case, Tobin Keller. This FBI investigator is suspicious of Sylvia, whom he suspects of not telling the truth.

This fascinating detective filmed within the borders of the United Nations is mainly due to the formidable face-to-face between Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn. Both play silently, suspiciously, skinned by life, needing time to tame, before daring to open up more. The script is very well constructed. The plot unfolds rhythmically in this universe between Africa and the world of international diplomacy at the UN. And we don’t see the two hours of this feature film, signed Sydney Pollack, go by. ES

Art, at 9 p.m.

Monday – The others

Just after World War II, Grace, a very devout young woman, waits for news about her husband, who has gone to the front. She has been living alone with her two children on the island of Jersey for a year and a half. The latter, who suffer from a rare disease that makes them sensitive to daylight, grow up in this large Victorian residence, which is constantly plunged into darkness. One day, three people stand at the door of the mansion with the goal of finding a job as a maid.

Shortly after they are hired, strange events occur: if it is not Grace who hears children crying, it is Anne, her granddaughter, who claims to see “intruders” in the house. Gradually, as the servants behave more and more strangely, Grace finds it increasingly difficult to distinguish her dreams from reality.

Thanks to ingenious filming techniques and well-executed staging, this film, which was rewarded with no fewer than 7 Goya awards on release in 2001, tackles the themes of death, mourning and loneliness through the prism of fantastic. Despite the fear that certain scenes evoke, others offers an exciting plot worthy of a movie from the master of the genre Hitchcock, with Nicole Kidman, superb in this role in two bars. SR

Art, at 8:50 p.m.

Tuesday – Sabine Weiss, the life of a photographer

High-contrast black-and-white images of a young girl dancing, an old man eating noodle soup or a mother painting her child… Whether taken in a personal setting or for a magazine assignment, Swiss Sabine Weiss’s photographs resemble always capture the essence of her subjects on the fly. This photographer, naturalized French since 1995, was in the movement of humanist photography, like the very famous Robert Doisneau, who also evolved within the Rapho agency.

This documentary, filmed in the 2010s, allows the photographer, who died last December at the age of 97, to tell her story in all simplicity. Moscow, Marseille, India… The director has followed her on all her travels and knows how to hide completely behind his camera. For example, the one who did not like to claim to be an artist speaks without taboo about her relationship to photography, her beginnings or even her personal life, with her husband, the American painter Hugh Weiss.

Sabine Weiss also talks about the evolution of photography, marked by the advent of digital technology, which she considers very practical, thanks in particular to the “Lightness of the devices, which make her job easier now that she is old. † Illustrated by an extensive photo slideshow, this documentary is full of sensitivity and humanity, emotions worthy of the work of Sabine Weiss, whose aim was to “Keep the ephemeral, capture the opportunity, envision what will disappear: gestures, postures, objects that are testimonies of our passage. † SR

France 4 at 9:10 PM

Wednesday – My first steps as an educator

They are in their twenties and want to dedicate their lives to helping others, as educators. This documentary thus gives a voice to Hannah, Laure, Halima and Adrien, students at the Regional Institute of Social Work in Paris. We follow them in class, at home and during their first internship during their first contact with the reality of this exciting profession. Despite their young age, they are immediately immersed in underprivileged environments, with people confronted with drugs, alcohol addiction or the handicapped after a stroke.

Their determination to cope is impressive. They all want to be useful while being well aware that the people they accompany are not infantilizing. Finding the right distance is not easy. Wanting to help, without their interlocutors clearly asking for any support. They all also say that they have had difficult experiences in their young lives. This craft comes as repairing something.

These exciting and confrontational jobs also require personal work on one’s own shortcomings. And we hope they will be strong enough to hold out. The whole offers a captivating portrait of motivated young people ready to work with the most underprivileged. It may give some high school students the desire to take this course by clearly showing what it includes. Anyway, a nice job. ES

LCP at 8.30pm

Friday – Rocketman

If you’re a fan of musicals or need a pick-me-up, this movie based on the crazy life of Elton John is for you! Born in the London suburbs of a demanding mother and distant father, young Reginald Kenneth Dwight inherited his musical sense. Complexed by his physique and the old-fashioned clothing with which his mother adorns him, he finds refuge in the piano and composition, which will lead him to the Royal Academy of Music.

Director Dexter Fletcher, led by the British singer himself, then recounts the rise of the young musician to become a pop icon: the extravagant excesses exhibited in response to his strict upbringing, the discovery of his homosexuality, his labor pains between drugs and depression. . .. All interrupted by a wonderful soundtrack – in 2020 also awarded the Oscar for the best original song – played by the actor Taron Egerton, who, accustomed to the roles of action films, stars in Elton John. Colorful like the singer’s costumes, this movie is a real nugget of good humor without overlooking the dark sides of the pop star. A success. YR

M6 at 9:10 p.m.

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