What are we watching this weekend?  The shock Civil War, the last Scorsese, Robert Downey Jr. multiplied...

What are we watching this weekend? The shock Civil War, the last Scorsese, Robert Downey Jr. multiplied…

Cinema, streaming, VOD, TV… Find advice from the Première editorial team every Friday.

The film in theaters: Civil War by Alex Garland

A group of journalists leaves New York to reach Washington in search of a scoop: an interview with the President of the United States, reclusive in the White House since part of the American states seceded. With this journey to the heart of a country in flames and blood, Garland signs a film of anticipation which resonates strongly with facts that have existed (the attack on the Capitol) or are likely to happen again (with the next elections and the come -back from Trump). A pure auteur blockbuster, epic and astonishing, within which the duo Kirsten Dunst-Cailee Spaeny (Priscilla) works wonders.

What's new at the cinema this week

Series : The Sympathizer by Park Chan-Wook

In the mid-1960s, a young Vietnamese communist will infiltrate and monitor the diaspora living in America. Park Chan-wook signs a series that is as stylish as it is exciting. Both wildly theoretical (on the opposition between East and West, the power of images and the ideological power of cinema, etc.) and very spectacular. At the heart of this big piece of TV, we find above all a multiplied Robert Downey Jr embodying, as if diffracted, the Yankee bad conscience. He is the manipulative CIA agent, a paunchy and paternalistic teacher of Asian civilization, a mediocre director, a cynical congressman… He disappears behind hairpieces and sunglasses to put on a better show and this gleaming series owes him a lot.

Watch The Sympathizer on Prime Video with Warner Pass

The movie on TV: Killers of the Flower Moon by Martin Scorsese

Again Killers ? Well yes, since it still hasn't been released on DVD/Blu-ray in France, we're diving back into Scorsese's immense fresco (3h30, we remind you, but that corresponds to four big episodes of a TV series…) of its broadcast on Canal+. A fresco whose echoes of horror (political, cinematographic) have obsessed us throughout 2023 and beyond. Still her, still her.

Watch Killers of the Flower Moon Friday evening on Canal Plus (and streaming on MyCanal)

The film on VOD: Past Lives – Our lives before by Celine Song

Two childhood friends and platonic lovers from South Korea, Nora and Hae Sung, are separated at the age of 12. He stayed in the country, she immigrated to the United States. Decades later, destiny reconnects them. But Nora is now married to an American… Oscar-nominated, Past Lives is a poignant and delicate (first) film about an impeded love, far from the clichés that one might expect.

Watch Past Lives on VOD on Première Max

The classic : The Ashes of Time by Wong Kar Wai (1994)

In medieval China, two fighters compete for the beautiful eyes of a fickle wife. But we also meet a young peasant girl who wants to avenge her brother or a mutilated bounty hunter… The countless intrigues of this vaporous film are the pretext for a sensual reverie, a sepulchral poem where all the greatest and most beautiful stars of Hong Kong pass. Kong (Leslie Cheung, Brigitte Lin, Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung in particular). Wong Kar Wai established here all the codes and elements of his luxuriant style which, five years later, would give birth to his masterpiece In The Mood for Love.

The Ashes of Time was released in redux version in cinemas on April 17

The DOC : Harvey Keitel – In the Shadow of Darkness

Scorsese's first cinema brother was him. But, Harvey Keitel has faded behind Robert de Niro. Fired fromApocalypse Now by Coppola, he will experience a long crossing of the desert before being reborn thanks to Bertrand Tavernier, Abel Ferrara or Quentin Tarantino. A chaotic trajectory told in this new documentary by Stéphane Benhamou which explores the doubts and the dark side of this former Marine who became one of the greatest actors of his generation.

Watch Harvey Keitel – In the Shadow of Darkness Sunday at 10:55 p.m. on Arte and now streaming on Arte.TV:

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