|OFFICIAL SELECTION / FRENCH COMPETITION||FIDMARSEILLE 2011|
World premiere / first film, Renaud Victor prize & GNCR prize competitions
Nicolas Boone and Olivier Bosson
A shoe-string budget, but watch out, Hollywood casting! For their first film shot in Saint-Fons, on the outskirts of Lyon, Nicolas Boone and Olivier Bosson warn us of the scale of the show “50 actors and 300 extras, all recruited in situ.” That is how here in the midst of this fresco, which unfolds so unpredictably, the figures in this film appear so natural - a team of sociologists, racketeers, a school principal, doctors, a young florist, an estate agent, etc. As they set off, the two directors take us by the hand on a comical journey, full of twists and turns, in a suburb that is just like any other. Making light of clichés as they go, stereotypical situations blithely and slyly lead us through a series of sketches which link together in a chain, like word association games, allowing the story to move forwards. Yet the challenge is not so much that of a comic procession, but an alternative, even tender portrait of the estate and its inhabitants. In short, if naturalism and the picturesque give way to humour, it is only to enhance the social portrait echoing Bunuel’s last films, not to mention Mocky’s sketches. With japes, respect and delirium, the film generously brings to life singular individuals, scratching below the surface of convention, boring into words and viewpoints in a folly of extravagance that is actually both sharper and gentler than it might seem at first.