Möbius: code name Moïse
by Fabien Lemercier
- Oscar-winning Jean Dujardin is back in an ambitious film directed by Eric Rochant. Also on this week's programme, Boule et Bill and Gli Equilibristi
The " Möbius band" is a ring with only one side and only one rim: if you start from the inner side, you arrive at the outer side with crossing any edge. In the movie world, the structures of Lost Highway by David Lynch and Timecrimes by Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo have often been compared to this toplogical figure. For Eric Rochant, who has adopted the title of Möbius [+see also:
film profile] for his new film (news), launched today by EuropaCorp in 577 cinemas in France, it is a metaphor for an intrigue which interweaves the world of espionnage and a love story, and the destiny of an FSB agent being recruited by the CIA.
Inspired by the Alfred Hitchcock movie Notorious, this feature film is characterized by its international ambitions, entrusted to a top-notch cast (Oscar-winning Jean Dujardin, Belgian actresses Cécile de France and Emile Dequenne, British actor Tim Roth) and a complex scenario which has the Russian agent Moïse recruit and infiltrate a brilliant trader in the entourage of an oligarch suspected of money laundering. But love is stalking in the background, in a word in which all the traps of worldwide espionnage are on the agenda. A cocktail to the taste of some members of the French press, even if the mixture of genres (symbolized by a Dujardin - Grégory Lioubov speaking Russian) and the project's outsize dimensions have left a number of crtics somewhat dubious.
The other massive release (StudioCanal on 801 screens) this Wednesday can be credited to the French-Belgian-Luxemburg movie Boule et Bill [+see also:
film profile] (article) by the Alexandre Charlot - Franck Magnier duo, an adaptation of the comic strip of the same name, based on the family adventures of a little boy and his dog.
European but Non-French cinema has been given attention by the press with Gli Equilibristi [+see also:
film profile] by Italian director Ivano De Matteo (discovered in Venice - review - Bellissima Films in 22 cinemas) and the Balkan tale As If I Am Not There directed by Juanita Wilson (Irish candidate for an Oscar in 2012 – Aramis Films on five screens).
Also on the bill, Hyde Park on Hudson [+see also:
film profile] by British director Roger Michell (unveiled in Toronto and awarded the prize for Best Supporting Actress in the British Independent Film Awards - Diaphana Distribution in 156 cinemas), Zaytoun by Israeli director Eran Riklis (co-produced by the United Kingdom and for France by Pathé which is handling its release on 68 screens), the excellent documentary Bestiaire by Denis Côté of Canada (co-produced by France via Le Fresnoy - Contre-Allée Distribution, in two cinemas) and the last movie from MK2 before it ceases its direct activity as a distributor : Ouf by Yann Coridian (article), a first feature film not lacking in charm, with Eric Elmosnino, Sophie Quinton and Valeria Golino in the cast.
(Translated from French)
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