Fayi Dayi opens September 3 in New York at Film at Lincoln Center and September 17 in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Royal. Need a few more suggestions for your Labor Day Weekend viewing? Read on.
The mesmerizing and painfully sad new French series Laetitia is technically a true-crime drama, but that overused genre label doesn’t do justice to the delicate, emotional work director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade has achieved across these six episodes (the first is now streaming on HBO Max, with new episodes appearing weekly). De Lestrade is best known as a documentarian—his addictive 2004 series The Staircase in many ways kicked off the current true-crime boom—but Laetitia shows he’s equally talented as a writer and director of actors. Though based on the notorious and brutal murder of a teenager in France in 2011, the series achieves the storytelling immersion of great fiction. In last week’s episode, 18-year-old Laetitia (Marie Colomb), who lives in a foster home in western France, goes missing, her scooter turning up abandoned on the road one early morning. Her twin sister, Jessica (Sophie Breyer), is distraught—and her stern-faced foster father, Gilles (Sam Karmann), takes charge, seemingly a force of protection for the girls. But De Lestrade uncovers widening circles of neglect, abuse, and despair in this small community, and while the disappearance of Laetitia isn’t the mystery that drives the show (the culprit is caught early), Laetitia derives suspense from unexpected places. This is an almost unbearably tragic story and a hugely gripping one. —Taylor Antrim
Only Murders in the Building
Starring Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez, Only Murders in the Building (now on Hulu) follows three true-crime enthusiasts as they endeavor to solve an actual crime in their apartment building (and chronicle the process on a podcast). In Gomez’s Vogue cover story this spring, Martin praised his costar’s “rich and adult” performance in the series. “Marty and I are pretty manic, and she’s this solid, solid-rock foundation. She’s nicely, intensely low-key,” he said. “Now we think of ourselves as the Three Musketeers.” Supporting players include Tina Fey, Nathan Lane, Amy Ryan, Jackie Hoffman, and Sting. —Marley Marius
School of Rock
Now that you’ve finished The White Lotus, why not revisit one of Mike White’s greatest texts, the 2003 comedy School of Rock? (It’s streaming on Netflix.) —M.M.
Sixty-One New York Stories
This month, the Criterion Channel has assembled a seres of 61 films based in New York City; from classics like An Affair to Remember (1957), The Apartment (1960), and West Side Story (1961) to more contemporary entries to the canon: Paris Is Burning (1990), Margaret (2011), Frances Ha (2012), and many more. —M.M.
The Other Two
If you haven’t yet, catch up on the sophomore season of HBO’s The Other Two, starring Drew Tarver and Heléne Yorke as the hapless older siblings of Chase Dreams (Case Walker), a teen pop sensation. (The wonderful Molly Shannon costars as their mother, Pat, now disconcertingly the star of her own talk show.) —M.M.
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