The life of Octave Parango, a flamboyant ad designer, filled with success, satire, misery and love.

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Alfred Duler
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Jean-Christian Gagnant
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Giovanni Di Toro
Cendrine Orcier ...
Fabienne
Dan Herzberg ...
Steven
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Le dealer
Niels Dubost ...
Père Groobad
Aurélie Boquien ...
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The life of Octave Parango, a flamboyant ad designer, filled with success, satire, misery and love.

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I'm the most influential bastard in 2000 years.

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Each time Octave Parango (played by Jean Dujardin) is in a bad trip, Frédéric Beigbeder appears. It certainly reffers to the fact that Beigbeder worked himself in an advertising agency as Octave in the movie. See more »

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When Octave's version of the Starlight commercial is shown on television for the first time, the blob of yogurt on his eyebrow disappears and reappears between takes. See more »

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Octave Parango: Everything is bought. Love, Art, planet earth, you me. Especially me. The man is a product like any other, with a limit sell by date. I am advertising, I am one of those that make you dream the things you will ever have. Blue skies, never ugly chicks, perfect happiness and retouched in Photoshop. You think I embellished the world? lost, I screw it up. Everything is temporary. Love, Art, planet Earth, you, me. Especially me
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An der schönen blauen Donau
Composed by Johann Strauss (1867)
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Excessively good!
19 November 2007 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

This is a satirical black comedy about the hedonistic excesses of the prima donnas of the advertising world. Octave (Jean Dujardin) is the king of this world, feted and pampered, idolised by his entourage, showered with drugs, women and money, his life is one long over indulgent party, punctuated by the occasional brush with reality.

He comes down to earth with a bump when his girlfriend announces that she is pregnant, but unable to deal with the consequences of this real life problem, he takes flight into even more excessively decadent diversions. More parties, more drugs, more indolence. However his body inevitably calls "time out" from this constant abuse, and when he is hospitalised with an overdose, he begins to take stock of his life.

The film is full to bursting, overflowing with creative ideas. The imaginative, highly original and sometimes shocking imagery is rivetingly good. There are psychedelic graphics, animations, dreamlike fantasies, and collages of advertising slogans and magazine clippings all used to great effect.

Billed as a comedy, there is little humour, and what there is is very dark indeed. Whilst this film excels in raw creativity and inventiveness, it lacks a story. This probably explains why there are two endings, neither of which, in my opinion, works adequately. But it doesn't really matter, as there is so much on offer visually, that I was completely transfixed.

The name of the yoghurt manufacturer "Madone" is coincidentally similar to another well-known yoghurt "Danone" but also reads in English "Mad One". A tongue in cheek parody of the absurdities of the modern world of advertising which regrettably rings true on many fronts.

A clever, thoroughly modern film, which even a grumpy old man like me could enjoy!


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