Not everyone in France is a wine connoisseur. In “Saint Amour
,” country bumpkin cattle farmer Bruno (Benoit Poelvoorde
) tosses back the stuff just to get drunk, estimating that he’s been plastered twice a week for the past 25 years (multiplied out, that’s at least 2,500 times). At the Paris Agricultural Show, Bruno grabs his best friend (helmer Gustave Kervern
) and heads straight for the wine stand, aiming to do a virtual tour of France’s wine-producing regions without even leaving the fair — a scenario that’s not even funny for five minutes, even with an overweight Gerard Depardieu
playing his exasperated dad. Fortunately, Kervern and co-director Benoit Delepine don’t stop there, delivering a surprisingly sweet, if not entirely successful addition to their unabashedly strange oeuvre.
With a sense of humor that would be right at home on Adult Swim
, the French comedy conspirators know a thing or two about orchestrating anarchic road-movie premises,