Coups de coeur

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    « Stephen Poliakoff's BBC drama telling the story of Prince John, the autistic and epileptic son of Queen Mary and King George V who spent his whole life hidden away from public view. Covering the period leading up to and including the First World War, the film bears witness to many major historic events through the eyes of the young prince, and dramatises such important royal occasions as Edward VII's funeral and the visitation of the nine Kings of Europe in 1910. A marvellous reinvention of the costume epic, it is an absorbing study of the turbulent years leading up to and during the First World War, seen through the percipient eyes of a scarcely remembered royal child. Extensively researched, impeccably cast, beautifully filmed, written and directed with masterly economy and restraint, this is a timely reminder that a fiction film can teach complicated world politics in an entertaining way. »

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    « The Hermit Kingdom is a nickname inspired by North Korea's secrecy and withdrawal from the wider world. The last remaining stronghold of Communism, it is a country reviled and lampooned in the West, where its mystery inspires ridicule and anxiety in equal measure. This documentary portrays a highly regimented visit organised through the unexpected figure of a forty-year-old Spaniard who is the government's only foreign employee, Special Delegate Foreign Relations DPRK. Over the course of Longoria's stay, he goes from being an affable curiosity to revealing the depth of his devotion to the party line ; he speaks to a group of school children and tells them how Kim Jong-un is revered across the globe and how North Korea is - effectively - the centre of the world. Another official, however, admits to Longoria's quietly probing camera that the DPRK's understanding of how the world sees it is actually very limited. The aim is to highlight the propaganda wars being embarked upon both within the country's borders and on the international stage. »

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    « Three drops of this colorless, odorless, tasteless liquid would put you out of your mind for hours! – If you haven’t heard of LSD, you will”. Mitten in den Wirren des Zweiten Weltkriegs entdeckt der Schweizer Chemiker Albert Hofmann zufällig eine bislang unbekannte Substanz: LSD. Ein riskanter Selbstversuch lässt ihn das ungeheure Potenzial dieses neuen Wirkstoffs erkennen, der die Welt verändern wird. Hippies, Geheimdienste und das Militär erliegen seinem Rätsel. Selbst Mediziner streiten um die Verwendbarkeit von LSD als Heilmittel. "The Substance" ist ein filmischer Trip durch sechs Jahrzehnte und erzählt die Geschichte einer Droge, die bis heute nichts von ihrer Mysteriösität verloren hat. »

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    « Alors qu'il s'apprête à intégrer l'armée israélienne pour effectuer son service militaire, Joseph découvre qu'il n'est pas le fils biologique de ses parents et qu'il a été échangé à la naissance avec Yacine, l'enfant d'une famille palestinienne de Cisjordanie. La vie de ces deux familles est brutalement bouleversée par cette révélation qui les oblige à reconsidérer leurs identités respectives, leurs valeurs et leurs convictions. »

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    « Just as 18-year-old Londoner sets off to spend summer in Israel with her best friend Eliza, beginning her two year stint of National Service, she unearths an old diary belonging to her seriously ill grandfather. Intrigued by the life a man she barely knows, she takes the diary with her, and is stunned to learn of his part in the post-WWII British peace-keeping force in what was then Palestine. Left to her own devices when Eliza begins National Service in the Israeli army, Erin witnesses the complexities of life--for both Jews and Arabs--in this troubled land. And as her grandfather's story comes to life from the pages of the diary, Erin discovers the disturbing truths about his time in Palestine and the atrocities he witnessed during this time of the birth of Israel. As she learns more about her grandfather's experiences, she also starts to witness the complexities of life for both Jews and Arabs alike, but ultimately finds herself retracing his steps in order to fulfill a promise that he was unable to. »

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    « This two-part series is based on an Alan Furst novel of the same title, and it is true to the original in story and in spirit: it’s an enjoyable, straightforward espionage tale. “Spies of Warsaw,” which begins in 1937, is set amid candelabras and barbed-wire fences in Poland, France and Germany, and brackets Polish demimondaines, German industrialists, SS officers, Bolsheviks, Jewish refugees and French military officers. Col. Jean-François Mercier (David Tennant) is a French military attaché in Warsaw, a widower and wounded World War I hero who in 1920 also fought in a Polish unit against the Red Army. Mercier is modeled closely on de Gaulle, though he is much more handsome, and single and available. Mercier has a front-row view of Germany’s preparations for war, and they are hard to miss — the border keeps getting closer. Mercier knows that war is imminent, but he has to fight denial — or indifference — inside the French Embassy and even back in Paris, where top officers in the Deuxième Bureau ignore or dispute his reports. There is nothing more satisfying than a prewar espionage story that shows, up close and told-you-so, how most of Europe slept through Hitler’s rise. »