“Fast and Furious”, at 200 per hour in a deckchair

In the deckchair to my right, Houssine Frej (modified BMW 5 E60 and Peugeot 206 CC 2 liters 16S), 29, mechanic in Mandelieu, is unfazed: The blue car, there, we see it in episodes 2, 4 and 7. “In the deckchair to my left, Slimane Khemari (Audi), 27, computer scientist, is hardly less knowledgeable: The brother, there, is a former wrestler, and he is a French MMA champion. [arts martiaux mixtes] Ouch! the champion has already been killed. “Vroum, splash, Hiiiiiiiiii …” Twenty years after the creation of the franchise, Fast & Furious 9, which comes out on the 14th in theaters, was presented Monday July 12 in preview (European) at the Cannes Film Festival.

As Wes Anderson and his team – Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson… – walked up the steps to present The French Dispatch, a line stretched for hundreds of meters to access the Cinéma de la Plage (giant screen, feet in the sand, free screenings, and seagulls as a bonus).

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Slimane and his friends Youssouf and Zak arrived at 6 pm in order to be sure of having a place for this session which, however, did not start until 9.30 pm Houssine passed Safia in the queue and, gallantly, offered his jacket against the cold. Jimmy and Aurélie came from Mougins ( A Clio 3 but it rushes on the highway »). Niels, Noa and Hugo, 15, came down from Grasse with their motorcycles (Sherco 50 CC enduro), Sébastien drove Charlotte in his 308 GTI. Since everyone could not access the beach, the sandy expanse behind the gates and the projection booth were invaded. And, standing on the Croisette, a compact crowd watches from a distance.

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Although (and probably, precisely, because) Justin Lin, who signs this ninth installment of the franchise, does not bring a major philosophical rethink, the public is at the rendezvous. Basically, it’s testosterone and big engines, embellished with vague psychological twists (betrayal and brotherhood, the two breasts of the action film) in what, since James Dean and The fury of living, has become a genre in itself: the film of cars.

Around a Vin Diesel who, in twenty years, has not taken a wrinkle on his bald head, Fast & Furious 9 can be summed up in this tirade from one of the protagonists (it doesn’t matter which one, they are vaguely interchangeable): How in the hell are you not dead? “( What hell did you not die in? “) Anyway it’s going to end as usual, with a barbecue and beers , predicts Slimane.

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