Icarus Films announced this past week that their next Distrib Films home entertainment release will be French filmmaker Cédric Anger’s award-winning true-life thriller, Next Time I’ll Aim for the Heart.
Unless you were one of the very lucky theatre patrons back in April of 2016 to catch the two-cinema arthouse release of Anger’s story about the infamous French serial killer — with a twist — known by the name of Alain Lamare, this film is likely a mystery to you. Icarus Films solves that mystery with the DVD debut of Next Time I’ll Aim for the Heart on Aug. 14.
Back in the 1970s, Paris was the location of a mysterious killer, who boldly taunted one of his targets — a young woman who survived — with a note that chillingly concluded with the phrase, “next time I will aim for the heart …”
The terrifying aspect of Anger’s story — adapted from Yvan Stefanovitch’s novel, “Un Assassin Au-Dessus de Tout Soupçon” (roughly translated as “An Assassin Above All Suspicion”) — is that the killer is a French Constable. Renamed for the film as Franck Neuhart (Guillaume Canet — Tell No One, Hunting and Gathering, etc.), this police officer is usually the first one to arrive at the crime scene. He is one sick puppy (with some really disturbing habits; rituals), who begins with assaults and soon works his way up to murder.
As the police lay traps and work to catch “The Killer of the Oise,” they soon have one of those OMG moments … as Sherlock Holmes is famous for saying, “when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth,” and in this case everything points to the killer as being one of their own!!!
If you only catch one French-language film this year, make Next Time I’ll Aim For The Heart that film, especially if you are drawn to thrillers and mysteries. Aug. 14, mark it on you viewing calendar now.
Next Time I’ll Aim For The Heart is presented in French with English subtitles.
Also on the way to DVD from Icarus Films is the Aug. 7 DVD debut of documentary filmmaker Wang Bing’s Bitter Money.
The City of Silk is what Huzhou is known as. A city with a population equivalent to that of Chicago, it is just to the west of Shangai on Lake Tai, and roughly ten percent of the population of the city works in the garment industry … massive factories (read that as sweatshops) devoted to clothing, some 18,000 different companies in all.
Filmmaker Wang Bing introduces us to 15-year old Xiao Min and her cousin as they make the long train journey to Huzhou. They are typical of the workforce that literally live — in tenement-like dormitories — where they work … young, rural and doomed to 12-hour days and little pay.
However, once the introduction to factory conditions are established, Bing takes us on several side journeys — almost as if they were dramatic tales all onto themselves. Bitter Money becomes an exposé on life and working conditions in this bustling industrial city — the City of Silk — that is every bit as compelling as any dramatic work of fiction.
Bitter Money is presented in Mandarin with English subtitles.