On 9 January 1836, Pierre Lacenaire goes to the guillotine, a murderer and a thief. He gives Allard, a police inspector, his life story, written while awaiting execution. He also asks ... See full summary »
In the middle of the night, someone brings Ivan's body home to his wife and his sad-faced, jug-eared son. Through flashbacks, the film discloses the relationships among Ivan and his brother... See full summary »
Charles Bosquier, a role apparently written for French comedy superstar Louis de Funès, is the dictatorial headmaster of a French strict boarding school. No father could be deeper shocked ... See full summary »
Three friends face mid-life crises. Paul is a writer who's blocked. François has lost his ideals and practices medicine for the money; his wife grows distant, even hostile. The charming ... See full summary »
Antoine Brisebard, a famous comedy playwright, is struggling with financial difficulties and is preparing to sell his country villa to an English couple. What no one knows, however, is that... See full summary »
Louis de Funès,
Lambert, a burned-out case, works the night shift at a gas station, rarely speaking, living alone, drinking. Bensoussan, raised in foster homes, now a small-time pusher for a bar owner ... See full summary »
They are the best friends of the world. Five friends who shared everything: may 68, hippies years, the rock and their love for Bernadette. This Bernadette has left them to become a ... See full summary »
In the 70s, there was Merckx and there were the others. Ghislain Lambert was one of the others. This is his story, a quite simple one. The story of a modest Belgian bike racer. His greatest ambition in life? To become a champion. His greatest tragedy? Not having the legs his heart deserves.
Teambuilding wasn't a real phenomenon back in 1982, as it is (mis)used today to create friendliness among staff (as if you aren't too much together at work already). A great Swiss film has been made about bringing colleagues together in one place: L'invitation in 1973. Que les salaires levent le doigt isn't up to par.
The reason this film doesn't work like it should is the haphazard collection of story lines. None of them actually makes much sense or evokes anything else than indifference from the viewer. Tcheky Karyo being in love with his colleague Solange; Daniel Auteuil as Lum, the supervisor of the company, but having no idea how to deal with women; his obtrusive father (Michel Piccoli); Jean Poiret as the boss, but who can't even manage his own daughters properly. And there are a lot of other people with their own problems.
The storyline that did SOMETHING, was the awkward relationship between the sexual aggressive Nathalie (Jeanne Lallemand) and the socially awkward Lum. He steps quite ferocious on her foot and she challenges him during a diner. Interesting duel. But then she starts to make fun of him and this storyline is also dead.
I did not get the thought behind this film. None of the actors seem to be really comfortable with the screenplay either. As a result the film descends slowly in obscurity. Is it bad? No, it is just too average for its own good, accompanied by a very uninspired soundtrack. I rate it 5/10. Only interesting to see the acting of a young Karyo or Auteuil, or for the fans of Piccoli (whose part seems superfluous to me), or Jeanne Lallemand, who was great as the daughter with loose morals, but only acted in two other films.
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