The Godmother (2020)

Set in Paris, The Godmother introduces Patience (Isabelle Huppert), who works closely with the Police in the narcotics division as a translator.  Patience assists by translating transcripts, and interpreting during interrogations, Police raids and live discussions when Police are on stakeouts. When she is not working, she visits her mother, who is currently receiving assisted care, costing Patience a lot of money each month. She also has a friendship with the primary nurse who is looking after her mother. Patience currently lives alone, but we understand she was once married and now has a relationship with the Police Chief.

In the present day, we learn that Patience is exhausted from working for the Police and is concerned about her future. But things change dramatically when she is invited to translate a live audio feed. The audio feed features the son of the nurse who cares for Patience’s mother.  Out of sympathy and friendship, Patience decides to lie, giving her fellow officers false information.  Taking things even further, she soon creates a whole new identity for herself and begins a secret life of dealing in drugs to make money.  The question is, will Patience ever get caught?

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I am a fan of some of the previous films featuring Isabelle Huppert. Here, the actress is tackling a role that is certainly less dramatic than what we have previously seen in cinema.  The Godmother allows the actress to have fun while focusing on dramatic topics such as crime and family.  The performance from Isabelle Huppert is as always pleasing, and we generally care for the character of Patience.  The movie has a great set up, which led to me being curious to know what was going to happen to Patience, questioning if she would get away with all the lies she is now living.  Still, once she starts telling lies and ultimately transforms into a criminal, the film encourages the audience to care for her mainly because she is helping those in need (such as her mother) along with herself.

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Still, like the film, her character has vague moments, especially when it comes to Patience making quick (yet meaningful) life choices.  When Patience decides to lie to the Police on a live feed, I completely understood why she did it, but I also could not help thinking that her reasoning during this moment felt somewhat vague and lacked tension. The story then takes its lead on a whole new journey and a new secret life, but some scenes on screen were not as exciting as I had hoped for. The film also feels quite similar to the feature title Out of Time (2003) starring Denzel Washington. We see yet another leading character within the Police hiding several secrets and continually covering her tracks, hoping the Police won’t figure out who is behind the crimes.

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The movie never delivers a high level of suspense or thrills, and it feels more of a basic story instead of a dramatic tale.

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Overall, The Godmother is a crime story without any significant thrills or suspense.  It is a simple story about a translator who begins to lead a double life in crime, allowing her to help herself and others around her.  The plot is generally acceptable, but I cannot deny some moments felt a little uninteresting.  The top performance from Isabelle Huppert is good as always. Still, the actress is undoubtedly tackling a role that feels more fun and less dramatic than what she has previously delivered in cinema. The Godmother (2020) is Now Available on Digital.

5.5/10

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

8th May 2021
Written by Peter Walkden

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Set in a rural town in Georgia, American Siege follows several characters, including three young adults who decide to break into the home of a wealthy doctor and hold him hostage.  These young men believe that the doctor holds answers to questions they...

Return of the Pink Panther (1975)

A new case, same diamond!  When the priceless jewel, The Pink Panther, is stolen from a high-tech national museum, only one man can solve the crime.  Returning once again is Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Peter Sellers), but unfortunately, the Inspector has...

Studio 666 (2022)

In the present day, the famous band, Foo Fighters, are struggling to put their long-awaited tenth album together.  With desires to do something different and radical, the band’s lead, Dave Grohl, suggests they should record an album somewhere that sounds...

Jurassic Hunt (2021)

Have you ever wanted to hunt and kill a dinosaur in the wilderness?  Well, thanks to modern technology, the ultimate hunt is now available at a high price.  Those with the right skills and who are rich enough can be dropped into the wilderness to hunt...

Hive (2021)

Fahrije (Yllka Gashi) is dealing with several challenges each day.  Firstly Fahrije is concerned for her husband, who has been missing since the war in Kosovo.  She questions each day if he is alive somewhere, or worse, dead.  She desperately attempts...

Aline (2020)

Aline Dieu comes from a large family- by large, I mean she is the youngest of fourteen children.  Growing up, Aline discovers she has a wonderful singing voice and performs at selected family events.  Thanks to the support of her mother and family, Aline is...

Uncharted (2022)

Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) is a young man who works at a bar and has many skills, including understanding too much about history and being a general thief.  One night while working, Nathan is approached by a stranger named Victor Sullivan, also known as Sully...

A Stitch in Time (2022)

Liebe (Maggie Blinco) is an old woman who spends her days around the home or supporting her husband Duncan (Glenn Shorrock), who works as a singer at a local pub in NSW, Australia.  But when Liebe’s husband is fired, tensions in their relationship grow. ...

Drive My Car (2021)

Yusuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima) is a professional stage actor and director.  The film opens with a deep look at Yusuke’s life, showing us his marriage and just how talented and committed he is to acting and performing.  His wife also enjoys dabbling in...

Crash (1996)

James (James Spader) is a man who works in the film industry as a TV director. James and his wife Catherine (Deborah Kara Unger) enjoy having wild and open relationships, which they often reveal to each other.  One day, while James is driving, he becomes...

Marry Me (2022)

It’s the biggest wedding event ever!  Music icons, Kat (Jennifer Lopez) and Bastian (Maluma) are planning to get married and launch their newest song, “Marry Me”, on a concert stage, an event which will be live-streamed to millions of viewers around the entire...

Blacklight (2022)

Travis Black (Liam Neeson) is a government FBI agent who works off the book and keeps his work under the radar.  He's the man you call when fellow FBI agents fall off the rails or require a desperate rescue.  Travis also lives alone, but he desires to...

Beyond the Wastleand (2021)

Most movie lovers are familiar with the cinematic legend of Mad Max, which began with its first feature back in 1979, followed up by two more film instalments.  To this day, the franchise is classed as one of the greatest Australian film series ever made. ...

Moonfall (2022)

After a routine space mission goes wrong, Astronaut Brian Harper (Patrick Wilson) is stood down from active duty.  He claims that while he was in space, he witnessed something out of the ordinary, but sadly, there were no witnesses to this experience.  His...

Body Parts (1991)

Bill (Jeff Fahey) is a professional criminal psychologist with a passion and desire to understand better what makes a criminal commit horrific crimes.  Bill is also attempting to write a book but is struggling.  He even feels like he is failing to get...

India Sweets and Spices (2021)

After finishing another year at College, Alia (Sophia Ali) is home for summer with hopes of relaxing.  As Alia attempts to settle back in and reconnect with various family members and friends, she discovers a few major secrets about her parents and that elements...

Slapface (2022)

Lucas (August Maturo) is a young boy trying to deal with the loss of his mother.  Often in trouble with the law, Lucas has been given multiple stern warnings by the local Sheriff (Dan Hedaya).  Lucas lives with his older brother, Tom (Mike Manning), but...

Reunion (2020)

A heavily pregnant young woman, Ellie (Emma Draper), returns to the family home after the death of her grandparents. Hoping to get stuck into some work on her new book (relating to all things black magic and the occult) she is sorely mistaken as she deals with her...

One Last Dance (2003)

After the death of a dance teacher occurs, a well-known dance company located in New York will soon be too broke to open its doors and will be forced to close.  The death of the dance instructor encourages a reunion of past dancers, Travis (Patrick Swayze),...

Parallel Mothers (2021)

Janis (Penelope Cruz) is a skilled fashion photographer.  While working, she meets Arturo (Israel Elejalde), who wins her heart after a few dates.  After several secretive meetings with Arturo, Janis' life changes dramatically when she falls pregnant and...

The Hating Game (2021)

Based on the popular book of the same name, The Hating Game introduces us to Lucy Hutton (Lucy Hale), who works for a book publishing company.  After a recent merger with another company, Lucy has been forced to share a large office with a co-worker, their desks...

Belle (2021)

The film follows a young 17-year-old high school girl named Suzu.  Suzu’s mother has passed away, and she feels sad and lost inside with each day that passes. While attending school, Suzu feels like a nobody and notices those who are more popular and successful...

Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021)

Street Gang: How we Got to Sesame Street begins with a look back in time.  The year is 1981, and we are in New York City behind the scenes on the set of Sesame Street.  More than twelve million American children watch what goes on in Sesame Street on an...

Spencer (2022)

Set in 1991, Spencer follows Diana during her stay with the Royal Family at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England.  As the film opens, we gain a great understanding of Diana, including her general thoughts relating to the family and her current challenges in...

Gold (2022)

The world has changed dramatically in the near future and is now a desert-like wasteland.  We are introduced to a man with no name (Zac Efron) who is seeking work at a compound.  The duties that he will carry out are vague, but we understand the stranger...

The Last Thing Mary Saw (2021)

Set in Southold, New York, in 1843 during winter, the film begins with the interrogation of a woman named Maiden Mary (Stefanie Scott).  Several mysterious deaths have occurred, including her grandmother at their family farm. Maiden Mary is blindfolded during the...