Each week, the AlloCiné streaming team makes its selection of favorites with the news not to be missed. What made us vibrate, tremble, laugh, cry, jump? Here are our elk for the week.
Being the Ricardos (Prime Video)
Throughout her career, Nicole Kidman has multiplied the outstanding roles, on television as in the cinema. With Being the Ricardos, she adds a new feat to her track record. Alongside Javier Bardem, she plays Lucille Ball, star of the sitcom I love lucy. In the 1950s, this program was the most watched in the United States – it reached nearly 40 million viewers per week, a record number. Thanks to Aaron Sorkin, who writes and directs, this fake biopic offers a real immersion behind the scenes of this legendary soap opera. He focuses more particularly on a week of filming where many tensions appeared on the set and in the star couple, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
Being the Ricardos will necessarily speak more to those who are familiar with the series, its characters, but also its main interpreter. This film paints an intimate and intricate portrait of the one who was once nicknamed the “Queen of Television”. Nicole Kidman is stunning and manages to forget her name to fade behind her character. A mission that is not always obvious. The other strong point is also the writing of Aaron Sorkin, which proves that he is one of the most talented feathers in Hollywood. Being the Ricardos will leave novices docked, but should enthrall the most curious. TD
Genera + ion (myCANAL)
Take Skins, Girls, Euphoria, and Sex Education, mix it all up and you’ll have Genera + ion. This refreshing, ultra pop and colorful series for teens quite accurately reflects today’s teenagers. The series, produced among others by Lena Dunham (!), Can count on its extremely endearing queer characters, sometimes bordering on caricature but never hateful, and its raw and relevant tone.
We follow a group of high school students who explore their sexuality within a conservative community with disillusionment and awareness. Less gloomy than Euphoria and less pedagogue than Sex Education, Genera + ion sometimes fishes on his dialogues and his staging. But the heart of the series works and we move from point of view to point of view with pleasure and emotion.
Despite all its qualities and its talented cast, Genera + ion was unfortunately canceled at the end of its first and only season. The sixteen episodes of the series still managed to make their way to France and are available on myCANAL. MC
Shadow and Bone (Netflix)
Binge-watchered The Witcher and looking for a new epic fantasy series? Shadow and Bone might appeal to you, especially if you missed out on the phenomenon last March. This particularly successful adaptation of the Grisha saga and the Six of Crows duology imagined by Leigh Bardugo plunges us into a fantastic world made of magic, where light confronts darkness.
Jessie Mei Li is a true discovery in the role of Alina, a young cartographer who has been recruited by the Army to accompany the Grisha, powerful magicians who fight against the evil fog which tears the country of Ravka in two. When their boat is attacked, the young woman deploys unexpected powers … What if it was she, the long-awaited savior?
In 8 episodes, Shadow and Bone builds a solid universe, visually calibrated and controlled, convincing actors (Ben Barnes in the lead) and the promise of a saga in the making that could make a date. So we don’t waste time and let ourselves be tempted by this series before season 2 arrives on Netflix. CT
The Hand of God (Netflix)
Paolo Sorrentino’s latest film has just been released on Netflix. And if you don’t know his cinema or his universe more generally – we recall his foray into television with The Young Pope and his sequel, The New Pope – this is a perfect opportunity to discover it. Because The Hand of God is a sort of synthesis of Sorrentino cinema. The Italian director indulges in it like never before by recounting a pivotal moment in his adolescence.
Between declaration of love in the cinema and intimate confidences on the drama he lived, he gives the keys to reading his work, which could often seem difficult to access. Through the character of Fabietto – played by the talented Filippo Scotti – who is his fictional alter ego, Sorrentino lifts the veil on his adolescence, his family and the vivid memories that forged the singular filmmaker he has become. He who is willingly provocative and shameless, here he speaks of his emotions with great modesty and accuracy. For the author of his lines, he signs his greatest film here. ES