"The Banshees of Inisherin" - End of a friendship
15 years after "See Bruges... and die?" Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson become a dream team again. In the new Oscar-winning Martin McDonagh film. The film is set in 1923. Colm (Brendan Gleeson) and Padraic (Colin Farrell) are actually best friends. But when Padraic Colm wants to pick him up one day for a ritual visit to the pub, Colm doesn't want to. He just ignores Padraic. And eventually tells him that he doesn't want to be friends anymore. "I just don't find you interesting," is his explanation. Padraic is irritated and sad. He tries to revive the friendship with increasingly drastic means and won't accept no - until the situation escalates. Severed body parts included. A film that is as tragic as it is funny, with great leading actors and black humour.
The Banshees of Inisherin, Ireland/Great Britain/USA 2022, 115 minutes, FSK 16+, by Martin McDonagh, with Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Barry Keoghan, Kerry Condon
"Operation Fortune": agent fun by Guy Ritchie
In the new film from cult director Guy Ritchie (Jack and Queen King Gras), a team of special agents led by the serene Orson Fortune (Jason Statham) is tasked with preventing a dangerous technology from falling into the wrong hands. In order to gain the trust of powerful arms dealer Greg Simmonds (Hugh Grant), Fortune enlists Simmonds' favorite actor, movie star Danny Francesco (Josh Hartnett), as a secret agent. Some strange situations arise on the luxury yacht and on the estate of arms dealer and film fan Simmonds. After the ingenious gangster satire "The Gentlemen" and the dark action thriller "Cash Truck", Guy Ritchie has shot "Operation Fortune", a fast-paced action comedy whose plot is reminiscent of "Mission: Impossible" and the Nicolas Cage satire "Massive Talent". . Above all, the duo Grant/Hartnett is just wonderful.
Operation Fortune, USA 2023, 114 Min., FSK 16, von Guy Ritchie, mit Jason Statham, Josh Hartnett, Hugh Grant, Aubrey Plaza, Cary Elwes
Charlotte Gainsbourg in "Passengers of the Night"
Actress Charlotte Gainsbourg takes you back to the 1980s in her new film. In "Passengers of the Night" she plays Elisabeth, a mother of two who has just been abandoned by her husband. She starts working nights on a radio show and meets a homeless girl who invites her to her house. The film by director Mikhaël Hers ("My Life with Amanda") ran in the Berlinale Competition and is one of those productions that transport more of an atmosphere than a story. With the film, you whiz through the night and through high-rise areas in Paris, through relationships and through lives whose blueprints collapse and are rearranged again.
Night Passengers, France 2022, 111 min, FSK 12+, by Mikhaël Hers, with Charlotte Gainsbourg, Quito Rayon-Richter, Noée Abita, Megan Northam