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Charge! (2000)

À l'attaque! (original title)
Two scriptwriter friends with clashing personalities decide to write a contemporary political film. The difficulties are enormous. Traps abound. They stray from the plot, argue and make up,... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ariane Ascaride ...
Lola
Pierre Banderet ...
M. Moreau
Frédérique Bonnal ...
Marthe
Patrick Bonnel ...
Henri, the wanker
Jacques Boudet ...
Pépé Moliterno
Christine Brücher ...
Mme Moreau
Francis Caviglia ...
Old man with the moped
Romane Dahan ...
The baby
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Jean-Do
Jean-Jérôme Esposito ...
M. Moreau's accountant
Jacques Germain ...
TV presenter
Alain Lenglet ...
Neils, the banker
Dunnara Meas ...
Shanghaï
Gérard Meylan ...
Gigi
Miloud Nacer ...
Mouloud
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Two scriptwriter friends with clashing personalities decide to write a contemporary political film. The difficulties are enormous. Traps abound. They stray from the plot, argue and make up, with their lives constantly intertwined with the exemplary story of the "Moliterno & co." Garage. Gigi and Jean Do repair cars. Lola then polishes them while Marthe makes out the bills. Grandpa teaches the baby Italian revolutionary songs while Vanessa and Mouloud sell flowers and sea urchins at the market. The entire family works their fingers to the bone, twelve hours a day, seven days a week to get by in this time of high unemployment. But then, globalization sails onto the horizon and a multinational threatens to rock this "raft of the Meduse". Our heroes take up arms. With the support of the entire population, they triumph, as befits a tale set in Estaque. Written by Anonymous

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12 April 2000 (France)  »

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A Gallic lesson in cinematic creativity without SFX
23 August 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This is a delightful and clever French film, whose starting point is a couple of laid back writers who decide to write a rather unfashionable screenplay - a light comedy with an anti-capitalist slant, set in a suburb of Marseille, aiming for the feel of certain French movies of the 1930s. As the writers create their script, we see the resulting film begin to take shape. The main characters, a leftwing family running a small garage, are introduced; relationships and love affairs are established; the "class enemy", a big businessman who owes the family money, enters the picture.

The writers argue about how much sex there should be; they put scenes in and take them out; they have fantasies - a musical scene in a brothel; a tragic ending - but quickly discard them. And by the end of 90 minutes, we have not only enjoyed the unfashionable political film (which has a happy ending), but have been amusingly instructed on the process by which ideas are translated into meaningful cinema.


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