Romance in the prime of life. When Lise's car bumps Antoine's bike, they recognize each other from a brief fling 20 years before while at the Sorbonne. He's now a professor of Greek; she's ... See full summary »
Philippe de Broca
The film is based on 'Fikrimin Ince Gulu', a novel by Adalet Agaoglu, which depicts a first generation gurbetci/guest-worker returning home. It covers his land journey in short bursts from ... See full summary »
In the last years of the Ottoman Empire, a poor little Anatolian town named Saripinar is hit by a minor earthquake which has neither destroyed nor left it with many casualties. However, a ... See full summary »
Hasmet, director of love stories, wants to make a film with a "social content". He makes a deal with the producer Abdulkadir, yet the actress Mujde Ar doesn't accept the leading role, as ... See full summary »
Lutfu is a cook in the mansion of the wealthy Kerim. One morning he sees that there is nobody at home. The maid is to get engaged on that day but her fiancée does not show up either. From ... See full summary »
After the death of his wealthy uncle, Sakir who is an excessively awkward boy from an Anatolian village starts off to Istanbul to inherit all the properties. However, during journey to ... See full summary »
"Drôle de samedi" begins with lots of promises in the credits. It is based on a short story by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, and it has many French celebrities playing the key roles: Francis Huster, Jacques Villeret, Michel Blanc, Carole Laure... Yet after the promises comes the disaster
and it is hard to believe that so many famous actors have been
gathered in such an amateurish enterprise. The most famous actors in this movie have rarely been so badly directed, but besides this, the major part of the people in it are not actors at all, and did not benefit from a proper direction either; which admittedly gives a certain "local colour" to the movie, but also makes it impossible to take seriously. What was meant to be a satire of the modern world, addressing questions such as the frantic pace of modern life, or the relations between men and women at the end of the 20th Century, rapidly turns into an apex of grotesque and confusion. Those who would choose this movie because they like Dürrenmatt or Francis Huster run the risk of being seriously disappointed by it. However, those who find entertainment in bad acting and clumsy film-making (two features that the director manages to combine, since he plays himself one of the protagonists) will enjoy "Drôle de samedi" - especially if they are natives from Neuchâtel, the small town in Switzerland where the movie was shot. It is, indeed, a very funny movie; yet not, unfortunately, for the reasons that its director had in mind when he made it.
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