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Cannes Film Review: ‘Tip Top’

27 May 2013 11:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The sadomasochistic musician Isabelle Huppert played in Michael Haneke’s “The Piano Teacher” seems positively parochial compared to her very physical cop in “Tip Top,” director Serge Bozon’s wildly off-kilter tale of two female detectives investigating murder and police corruption in a sleepy French town. An utterly brazen mix of screwball comedy, film noir and sharp social commentary that hits its own strange bullseye more often than not, Bozon’s third full-length feature (and first since 2007’s Wwi musical, “La France”) benefits immeasurably from actors willing to go as far out on a limb as their intrepid director. Huppert’s arthouse cred notwithstanding, the pic reps a tough sell commercially, but should flourish at adventurous-minded fests and cinematheques while adding to Bozon’s small but fervent cult of admirers.

Working with usual screenwriting partner Axelle Ropert (“The Wolberg Family”) and new collaborator Odile Barski, Bozon adapted “Tip Top” from »

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