Have a nice morning Certificate: 15, 1 hour and 52 minutes
The Pope’s exorcist Certificate: 15, 1 hour and 43 minutes
Renfield Certificate: 15, 1 hour and 33 minutes
Suzume Certificate: PG, 2 hours and 2 minutes
Assassin club Certificate: 15, 1 hour 51 minutes
Thanks to James Bond and her memorable performances as Dr. Madeleine Swann in both No Time To Die and Spectre, we all now recognize French actress Léa Seydoux.
And while she’s totally versed in making English-language blockbusters — she’s also graced the Mission: Impossible franchise in the past — she does the occasional little independent drama so you can almost taste the croissants in French. One Fine Morning is one of those.
Along with acclaimed Gallic filmmaker Mia Hansen-Love, Seydoux plays a single mother in Paris, still too young to be described as “of a certain age,” but already torn between generations.
Her hitherto biddable young daughter is just starting to play in school, but her father, a much-admired philosophy professor, is the main problem.
Gentle and genial, he suffers from what we assume to be early onset dementia, but which actually turns out to be more complicated than that.
Gallic charm: Melvil Poupaud, Camille Leban Martins and Léa Seydoux in One Fine Morning
The terrible search for suitable residential care begins, just as Sandra (Seydoux) bumps into a handsome – and married – old friend and begins an affair.
Seydoux may be too young (she’s 37) and too pretty to fully convince, but she goes above and beyond and contributes fully to a thought-provoking film about love, the sheer messiness of adult life and the harrowing humiliations of old age. .
Of the horror hokum currently doing the rounds, The Pope’s Exorcist has a bit of an edge for me, partly because it takes the subject seriously (don’t worry, there are jokes) and partly because Russell Crowe and veteran Italian actor Franco Nero are really good as Vatican exorcist and Pope respectively.
Nevertheless, we find ourselves in familiar territory as Father Gabriel Amorth travels to an abandoned Spanish abbey where the new American owner’s young son is apparently possessed by a demon. It’s a shame that when the boy is so possessed he has Ralph Ineson’s easily recognizable, gritty Northern tones, but it’s quite an effort.
Much more tongue-in-cheek is Renfield, who moves the story of Dracula and his insect-chewing servant, Renfield – or Robert Montague Renfield, as he introduces himself in a long and meaningful voiceover – to modern New Orleans.
It takes a long time for the film to feel more than a series of self-contained scenes, and even longer for a subplot in which Awkwafina plays a high-ranking police officer to gel. But we’re almost there in the end, thanks to a particularly good (and, be warned, bloody) fight and the fact that while we’ve probably come to see Nicolas Cage as camp and toothy Dracula, it’s actually Nicholas Hoult as Renfield we come to admiringly. outside.
Always Drac: Nicolas Cage was always Dracula on the set of his new movie Renfield, according to its director, Chris McKay
Suzume is a beautiful looking Japanese animation from director Makoto Shinkai, who made the critically acclaimed Your Name. Suzume is a 17-year-old schoolgirl who encounters a mysterious and handsome young man, who tells her the real reason why Japan is so ravaged by earthquakes.
What follows is a strange and complex tale of cod mythology, doorways and giant worms that disappointingly slows to a sluggish crawl in the second half.
Assassin Club may feature Henry Golding, Sam Neill, and Noomi Rapace, but this derivative, charmless, clichéd tale of hitmen turning on their rivals is pretty awful.