SERIES. Always more legendary
At 9 p.m. on Canal +. A somewhat special season 5. It is the last produced by Éric Rochant, creator of the "Bureau des Légendes", this brilliant series sold worldwide which plunges us into the heart of French counterintelligence. Difficult therefore not to have a little twinge in the heart by discovering it this Monday, especially since from the first images, all the magic takes hold of the viewer. Ten months that we waited for the return of the spies wondering: "Will they manage to do as well as in previous editions? Without hesitation, the answer is yes. If we had not liked the previous ones as much, we would be tempted to write, the best, the most successful. The most moving too.
At the end of season 4, we left Guillaume Debailly, alias Paul Lefebvre, codenamed Malotru, between life and death in Ukraine. Hero interpreted by a Mathieu Kassovitz always so excellent, the "clandé" – understand a secret agent on a mission abroad – does not stop giving a hard time to his superiors of the DGSE. Starting with the head of the paranoid trend office, JJA (brilliant Mathieu Almaric) with whom relations are still as complex.
From the first episode, we will finally know what has become of Marie-Jeanne Duthilleul, played by Florence Loiret-Caille, always so fabulous. Very close to Malotru, she had succeeded Henri Duflot, known as "Socrates" (Jean-Pierre Darroussin) at the head of the office before being dismissed by JJA.
From Moscow to Aman, passing through Cairo and boulevard Mortier in Paris, it left with tasty characters like Marina Loiseau, Raymond Sisteron, Jonas, Pacemaker or the mule… There is even a new kid in the team played by Louis Garrel. Their adventures will keep you going. And, the final signed by Jacques Audiard is just exceptional…
EDITOR'S NOTE: 5/5
"The Office of Legends, Season 5", French series by Eric Rochant (2020) with Mathieu Kassovitz, Mathieu Amalric, Florence Loiret Caille…. (2 x 52 minutes)
DRAMA. Viva Rocco!
At 8:55 p.m. on France 5. Time takes time. In March 1961, when "Rocco et ses frères" came out in France, he was very badly received by the critics and experienced a commercial flop. Today, this sublime social fresco, which takes place in an Italy in full economic transformation of the 1950s and 1960s, has become a major film and inseparable from the career of Luchino Visconti. The director of the future "Cheetah" paints there with realism and depth the portrait of a poor family from Mezzogiorno who leaves southern Italy to settle in Milan where the elder, Vincenzo already lives. But quickly, the clan disintegrates. Rocco, played by Alain Delon, then 25, and Simone, played by Renato Salvatori, are both in love with Nadia, a young prostitute. Annie Girardot plays this role in a dazzling way. Roger Hanin, Claudia Cardinale, Suzy Delair and Paolo Stoppa complete a wonderful distribution.
EDITOR'S NOTE: 5/5
"Rocco and his brothers", Italian drama by Luchino Visconti (1960) with Alain Delon, Annie Girardot. (2h55)
ANIMATION FILM. A love of ogre
At 9 p.m. on Gulli. In "Shrek 2", the ogre and his wife, Fiona, a princess who has become an ogress, coo after their honeymoon when invited to visit King Harold and Queen Lillian, appalled by the recent transformation of their girl. And Shrek in a castle is a bit like an elephant in a porcelain store: nonsense and unwelcome replicas in a cascade… Facing his in-laws, the all-green giant always escorted by his donkey does everything to save his marriage. Deadly funny, stuffed with gags that are both inventive and pee-poo, provided with a colorful graphics that refers to many heroes drawn from classic tales, this second installment of "Shrek", previewed during the Cannes Film Festival in 2004 was irresistible. And for once, the French version is easily worth the original version, Alain Chabat himself doubling the voice of the hero with a funny look…
EDITOR'S NOTE: 4/5
"Shrek 2", American animated film by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury and Conrad Vernon (2004). (1h25)
MOVIE. Audrey Tautou while "Delicacy"
At 9:05 p.m. on Chérie 25. It was with "La Délicatesse", published in 2011, that David Foenkinos went from a discreet novelist to an accomplished bestseller. 700,000 copies of this novel have sold while its sales hitherto hovered around 4,000 copies. The story of Nathalie, a widow who unwittingly entered into a relationship with a co-worker in sweaters as improbable as her charisma, was a good opportunity for the author, supported by her brother, actor, to rub shoulders with the production , while watching like the milk on the fire the melancholy fantasy that carried the work. We love this romantic comedy without reservations, carried by the grace of Audrey Tautou and the touching shift that François Damiens imprints on the character of Markus. In a period when coarseness is used more and more often as viaticums for comedies, it reverses the vapor and acts as the most pleasant of misters.
EDITOR'S NOTE: 4/5
" Delicacy ", French film by David and Stéphane Foenkinos (2,011) with Audrey Tautou, François Damiens… (1h48)
Mythical Vampire Slayer
At 4:35 p.m. on 6ter. Go back a few years back with the vampire slayer, an idol of an entire generation. The 6ter chain rebroadcasts the series “Buffy against the vampires” (1997-2003) since the very first episode. So go to Sunnydale high school where the heroine, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar – who never found a role in this measure afterwards – lives her teenage life while fighting demons with help of his friends Willow and Alex, under the supervision of Rupert Giles. The latter, embodied by the British comedian Anthony Head, is the librarian of the school, but was especially designated "Observer" of the young woman, whom he must train so that she can fulfill her role as a killer in the face of evil forces . We also revel in seeing the beginnings of the epic story between Buffy and Angel, a vampire with a soul.
EDITOR'S NOTE: 5/5
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer", American series by Joss Whedon (1997) with Sarah Michelle Gellar, David Boreanaz… Season 1, episodes 1 to 5/12. (5 x 42 minutes)