Bernie, a 30 years old orphan, decides to leave his orphanage and find his parents. After an investigation, he meets Marion, a young heroin addict and falls in love with her. He believes ... See full summary »
Alex (Albert Dupontel) and Claire (Marianne Denicourt) are living a boring and tedious life after years of marriage. They do not communicate to each other anymore, and Alex is almost ... See full summary »
Odette dreams of thanking Balthazar Balsan, her favorite writer, for the optimism which she believes emanates from him. The wealthy and seductive writer is going to land in her life in a ... See full summary »
October 1918: After returning to the civil life, the young Doctor Giorgio Volli searches for a group of children, which he had been the care-taker of before the first world war began. ... See full summary »
Dupontel's "Le Créateur" is a refreshing attempt at original directions in humor that put the director somewhat at odds with the French sensibility at comedy. However, this second movie is quite a disappointment for anybody who has seen "Barton Fink", Polanski's "The Tenant" or Roger Corman's "A Bucket of Blood".
The subject is certainly an assumed take on "Barton Fink" but the general mood is something of a mix between "Barton Fink" and "The Tenant". Polanski's movie from is almost ripped off, especially concerning the relationship between Darius and the other tenants in his building and the very dry and dark sense of humor.
Then the main attraction starts with the body count and I noticed the movie used the same exact progression as "A Bucket of Blood": an early accidental killing of a cat that leads to a killing spree.
Dupontel's movie swings back between these three references. Unfortunately, he isn't able to match any of them or combine them with some sort of grace. The most successful moments in his movies are actually short sequences coming out of left-field (generally involving religion) where Dupontel's taste for invention truly shines. Dupontel as a viewer clearly has good taste concerning movies. He still has some way to do to find real inspiration compared to excessive deference as a screenwriter and director. When he's able to do that, he could become a very interesting creator.
3 of 8 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?