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Black comedy about two best friends, one a budding playwright and the other a motorbike freak, who spend their time annoying their girlfriends and getting into various scrapes. Things turn nasty, however, when the pair are caught burgling the offices of a karate magazine, the consequences of which sends the playwright into a spiraling bout of depression. Written by
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Antoine (François Cluzet), a failed writer separated from his girlfriend, Sylvie (Judith Henry) and has to share a flat occupied by a first-class lazy person, Fred (Guillaume Depardieu) who survives thanks to two-bit tricks. From then onwards, a chain of casual jobs and big woes awaits for them which will make Antoine plunge into depression. Fortunately, the friendship from Antoine is here to support him.
And it also keeps the viewer happy. Pierre Salvadori was on a roll after "Cible Emouvante" (1993). To write and film his second effort, he must have drawn into British social cinema, notably from its tendency to keep an uplifting look in gloomy social conditions. From the very beginning, Pierre Salvadori prefers to follow the road of the comedy to focus on these two unconventional people, unable to adapt themselves properly to the society and to cope with social crisis. An accumulation of preposterous situations, well chosen cues constantly maintain laughter and the end is here to give a welcome light of hope. Besides, when the two men play football with the children, it might be a symbolic sequence to reveal what they really are.
When you have more than estimable thespians like Guillaume Depardieu and François Cluzet in the affair and if they're sufficiently involved in the project and well directed, you can expect to have a really good time with them. Such is the case here, even if sometimes, the interest can wane because of a big proportion of various scenes. What remains is thoroughly gratifying to give this highly charged comedy a chance.
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