CINEMA

This week’s movie releases

‘Suite Française’ offers an intricate portrait of a Nazi-occupied French town Luis Tosar stars in Daniel Guzman’s Málaga festival-winning drama ‘A cambio de nada’

Michelle Williams and Matthias Schoenaerts in ‘Suite Française.’
Michelle Williams and Matthias Schoenaerts in ‘Suite Française.’

Suite Française is the big-screen adaptation of Ukrainian-French Jewish author Irène Némirovsky's intricate portrait of a rural French town under German occupation in World War II, which became a literary sensation in 2004 when it was published 62 years after her death in Auschwitz. Michelle Williams plays a young woman stuck living with her overbearing mother-in-law (Kristin Scott Thomas) as she waits to hear from her captured soldier husband. But when sensitive German commander Matthias Schoenaerts is billeted in their home she finds herself drawn to his charms. British director Saul Dibb’s drama also stars Sam Riley, Ruth Wilson, Lambert Wilson, Margot Robbie and Harriet Walter.

The winner of the best film prize at this year’s Málaga Film Festival, A cambio de nada marks the long-gestating feature debut of Spanish actor Daniel Guzmán. Drawing on his own experiences of growing up, it’s the story of a 16-year-old in a working-class Madrid neighborhood who, fleeing his rowing parents, enters an underworld of petty criminality and finds a new family alongside his best friend. Luis Tosar (Cell 211) also stars in this drama, which features a mix of professional and amateur actors.

Examining troubled teens on the other side of the Atlantic, Mexican director Alonso Ruizpalacios’s Güeros is a road movie of sorts that follows another hard-to-handle adolescent who’s packed off to live with his student brother in Mexico City by his parents, unaware that the latter is far from the studious role model they imagined. When a strike hits campus, rather than get involved, they head out in search of a forgotten folk singer, once rumored to have made Bob Dylan weep.

Following the likes of The Notebook and The Lucky One, The Longest Ride is the 10th adaptation of one of romance author Nicholas Sparks’ inimitable bestsellers. Scott Eastwood – son of Clint – plays a rodeo rider who falls for student Britt Robertson, who’s about to head off to New York to start a dream job in an art gallery. It all sounds doomed to failure until one day they rescue old man Ira (Alan Alda) from a car wreck, who inspires them with tales of his relationship with the beloved wife he first met in 1940. Also starring Jack Huston as the young Ira and Spain’s Oona Chaplin as his spouse.

US comedy The Wedding Ringer stars Josh Gad as a friendless tax attorney getting ready to tie the knot who has one important thing missing: a best man. To solve his problem, he hires one in the form of charismatic Kevin Hart, who runs an agency helping guys in need to look like rock stars on their wedding days.

Trail of destruction

Shot in Galician and based on a once-censored 1959 novel by Eduardo Blanco Amor, A esmorga is the story of three men – played by Karra Elejalde (Ocho apellidos vascos), Miguel de Lira and Antonio Durán – who embark on a self-destructive drinking spree in deepest Ourense. Director Ignacio Viular guides them on their absurdist trail to oblivion.

From the producers of the [REC] franchise, Sweet Home is a Spanish horror movie about a couple who decide to spend a romantic night in a half-abandoned building, only to find the only other resident murdered and themselves next in line for the chop. Rafa Martínez directs.

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