Thursday April 1 TV program: our selection

Thursday April 1 TV program: our selection
Thursday April 1 TV program: our selection

INVESTIGATION. Would you like a drink?

At 9:05 p.m. on France 2. Bars where you drink a Ricard with friends, ferias where alcohol flows freely among the crowd … Many images of “Cash Investigation” on the strategies of alcohol producers to encourage consumption date from before the pandemic. It is therefore a bit ticking at the beginning but the subject is very quickly astounding.

Main target in the viewfinder of the France 2 program embodied by Elise Lucet: the Pernod-Ricard group, world number 2 in wines and spirits (behind the Briton Diageo). Everything starts from the testimony of a former employee explaining that to retain customers, he spent his days in bars and restaurants sharing drinks. Up to ten a day for eighteen years: the serious consequences on his health prevent him today from having a normal life. The “Cash investigation” teams then unearthed several similar testimonies.

Other poor practices are highlighted: the digital marketing employees of the Pernod-Ricard group are stepping up initiatives to circumvent the Evin Law, which is restrictive in terms of advertising, to attract a young clientele thanks to influencers or rappers.

The investigation then focuses on the links between the world of wine and a study group from the National Assembly which opposes taxes on this alcohol. It also sheds light on scientific studies which claim that drinking one or two glasses of wine a day is better for your health than total abstinence.

Thanks to an always clear and colorful tone, rather playful staging, “Cash Investigations” hits the mark while unveiling astonishing discoveries.

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EDITOR’S RATING: 4.5 / 5

“Cash Investigation: Alcohol, the strategies to make us drink”, French magazine presented by Élise Lucet, documentary by Véronique Blanc. (1h48).

DRAMA. “Guardians” we love you.

Nathalie Baye and Laura Smet in the film “Les Gardiennes” by Xavier Beauvois which pays tribute to the women trapped in the turmoil of the First World War.
Nathalie Baye and Laura Smet in the film “Les Gardiennes” by Xavier Beauvois which pays tribute to the women trapped in the turmoil of the First World War.

Pathe Films

At 9:05 p.m. on France 3. We are in 1915. At the farm of Paridier, in the center of France, the women are at work. For Hortense Sandrail, the task is tough: the upkeep of the property and the work in the fields, convinced her to hire two additional workers. There is indeed Solange, her daughter, however, hardly ardent. Hortense finds Francine, from the Assistance publique, who does not know that a terrible injustice is lying in wait for her …

In this novel published in 1924, signed Ernest Pérochon, Prix Goncourt four years earlier for “Nêne”, the filmmaker Xavier Beauvois (“Des hommes et des dieux”) saw an opportunity to make his naturalistic streak vibrate. What first appeals to this adaptation are the gestures, carefully worked on upstream, which transform plowing, sowing or harvesting into a rural opera. Light is the film’s other treasure. Here, she is a honey with sensual variations. The third observation is linked to the casting: Nathalie Baye, so skillfully aged that it takes a few moments to recognize her, and Laura Smet, as sunny as she is scowling. Without forgetting Iris Bry, a stranger in the role of Francine, real dazzling!

EDITOR’S RATING: 4/5

“The Guardians”, historical drama by Xavier Beauvois (2017), with Nathalie Baye, Laura Smet, Iris Bry, Olivier Rabourdin… (2h15).

FANTASTIC. Bring in the prince

At 9:05 p.m., on W 9. A year after their return from the magical world of Narnia, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, now rulers of the kingdom, are recalled there. In this parallel universe, many years have passed, and they are propelled into the heart of a conflict between humans, the Telmarines, and the Narnian dwarves, centaurs and minotaurs.

If the effect of surprise no longer plays in this second part, less poetic than the first, the saga is gaining in maturity. The mystical aspects are lightened, the child heroes have matured, which leaves room for spectacular action scenes shot in dreamy natural settings. As for creatures, the gallery is impressive. The film introduces above all a cute character, Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes), affected by the wounds and doubts of adolescence …

EDITOR’S RATING: 4/5

“The Chronicles of Narnia, Chapter II: Prince Caspian” American saga of Andrew Adamson (2008), with Ben Barnes, Anna Popplewell, Georgie Henley, William Moseley … (2h30).

DOCUMENTARY. Clever as a monkey

The incredible documentary “Dynasties” notably follows the chimpanzee David, a dominant male in the reconquest of power.
The incredible documentary “Dynasties” notably follows the chimpanzee David, a dominant male in the reconquest of power. BBC Worlwide Limited/Rosie Thomas

At 9:05 p.m. on France 4. For four years, cameras have followed the daily lives of several wild animals at crucial stages in their lives. It starts strong in the south-east of Senegal with the fate of a dominant male chimpanzee called David, worthy of a character from “Game of Thrones”. In the middle of the dry season, we witness the fall of this king of the jungle, after he has been beaten by his rivals, and who will manage, once back on his feet, to regain his throne by bluffing and multiplying alliances. Filmed up close, this endearing animal shows us a wide range of emotions. Even his nervous tics are not immune to the objectives. Then head to the Masai Mara reserve in Kenya, to meet two lionesses left to fend for themselves with their offspring. Particularly impressive are the nocturnal images of buffalo hunting. We also follow a family of emperor penguins and one of tigers. A stunning documentary.

EDITOR’S RATING: 4/5

« Dynasties », British documentary series directed by Rosie Thomas (2018) season 1, 1 to 3/6 episodes. (50 minutes x3)

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DRAMA. Hot cougars

At 9:05 p.m., on Chérie 25. Somewhere in Australia, at the bottom of a still wild bay, two very beautiful quads, longtime friends, live in perfect harmony, without their husbands, with their teenagers. Inexplicably, each will get closer to the other’s son …

Adapted from a novel by Doris Lessing (“The Grandmothers”) by director Anne Fontaine and playwright Christopher Hampton, this film with a strong and disturbing subject about the love between cougar women and young men does not leave you indifferent. In a warm and cozy atmosphere, these attractive mothers – to whom Naomi Watts and Robin Wright give incredible intensity – live passionate and fragile love stories. It’s daring, sensual and endearing.

EDITOR’S RATING: 3/5

« Perfect Mothers » French film by Anne Fontaine (2013) with Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville… (1h50).

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