Discover the 7 best Original films available on the platform! Get ready for unexpected documentary, moving and hilarious animation, and drama inspired by true stories…
Please note: this ranking is based on the ratings of AlloCiné internet users. Only films with at least 500 votes were taken into account in this top.
1- The wisdom of the octopus
Improbable and captivating, The Wisdom of the Octopus is a documentary film directed by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed which tells the story of an unusual friendship and an unexpected trust between a filmmaker, Craig Foster, and a wild octopus from Africa. from South.
The man, diving to escape, describes the impact and the role of mentor that the animal held for him, teaching him a lesson on the fragility of life and the bond of humanity with nature. Ten years of filmmaking for one year in the short but rich life of a mysterious creature revealing the secrets of its unknown underwater world. With touching depth, The Wisdom of the Octopus won the Oscar for best documentary film in 2021.
The worst student in his postman school, Jesper is sent to Smeerensburg, a snowy island in the Arctic Circle where the inhabitants do not exchange words or letters. On the verge of leaving everything, he nevertheless befriends Alva, the village teacher and meets the mysterious and imposing Klaus, a solitary carpenter whose chalet is filled with handmade toys. Thus begins an icy adventure, full of heart, humor and magic.
Netflix’s first original animated feature, Klaus embodies the spirit of Christmas to perfection. With it, we go back to basics: 2D animation of immaculate beauty and an eternal tale revisited and refreshed, breathing new life into a most universal legend.
3- The Boy Who Tamed the Wind
Inspired by the true story of William Kamkwamba and adapted from his autobiographical novel, this film traces the journey of a young boy from Malawi who, at the age of 13, then forced to drop out of school, builds a wind turbine with the means at hand to save his family and his village from famine and drought.
The first film by British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is an essential and touching work, highlighting a very real precarious social, economic and political reality. But the feature film is above all an ode to life and hope which, against a backdrop of sublime imagery, can only awaken consciences with emotion and intelligence.
4- The Chicago Seven
August 1968, Chicago. A demonstration organized on the sidelines of the Democratic National Convention faces strong police repression and turns into a confrontation. Its organizers, nicknamed the “Chicago Seven”, were then prosecuted by the government and accused of conspiracy. The Chicago Seven thus returns to this historic affair which has hit the headlines.
A real plunge into the heart of an untold injustice, the film highlights the obvious corruption of the American judicial system. Prestigious casting and swirling narration, punctuated by rhythmic and accurate dialogues: this is the hallmark of an Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, At the white house) at the top.
5- The Mitchells against the machines
A dysfunctional and loosely-knit family, the Mitchells find their road trip disrupted by a global tech rebellion that turns our beloved everyday electronics into formidable enemies. In addition to having to face their personal problems, they must now unite to save the world.
Colorful and delirious animated film, with a frenetic pace and crazy actions, Les Mitchells against the machines connects the twists but not only. With its endearing characters and its moving story, the film excels in emotion, the real one. Combining the good and bad sides of technology without really criticizing it, it also benefits from a great moral… and many brilliant cinematographic references!
6- Beasts of No Nation
In Africa, a young orphan named Agu finds himself at the heart of a civil war that will make him a child soldier, forcibly enlisted in the rebel army of a charismatic bloodthirsty commander. Adapted from a novel of the same name and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation is a punchy film with a powerful direction and an exceptional interpretation.
If Idris Elba is phenomenal there, we discover the young Abrahama Attah, with an innate accuracy, remarkable for a leading role, here the main one. Critics rave about this moving, brutal and engaging film that dwells on a sad reality that no child (or adult) should know, and that remains etched in our memories, for better and for worse. worse.
7- 13 November: Fluctuat Nec Mergitur
Directed by Jules and Gédéon Naudet
November 13: Fluctuat Nec Mergitur chronologically chronicles the horrific terrorist attacks that took place in Paris on November 13, 2015. This three-part documentary uncovers the chilling horror of a true human drama and gives voice to those who have experienced it. experienced: testimonies that are heartbreaking and painful to hear, yet of necessary importance.
Between courage and fear, death and life, everything is said. Accompanied by the Latin motto of the city of Paris, “Fluctuat Nec Mergitur” – meaning “Battled by the waves, but do not sink” – the film is a hard, touching and unforgettable report from which we emerge upset and certainly changed.
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