What to do when the workers of a factory have been laid off overnight? Louise has an original idea: why not pool the compensation money to ... hire a hit man and to liquidate the boss? ...
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In this pitch black comedy the rivalry between two neighbors escalates into an all out war. True a maintenance error on a tractor they both end up, paralyzed, in a wheelchair. It seems they... See full summary »
Michel de Gavre
In the 70s, there was Merckx and there were the others. Ghislain Lambert was one of the others. This is his story, a quite simple one. The story of a modest Belgian bike racer. His greatest ambition in life? To become a champion. His greatest tragedy? Not having the legs his heart deserves.
The story of a glue-sniffing homeless person who stumbles upon a policeman committing suicide and decides to put his abandoned uniform to good use. Initially this means using it to steal ... See full summary »
With gun-toting rivals on his tail, a daring bank robber takes refuge in the quiet residential street here he grew up and where his mother, Maniette, still lives. An unscrupulous property ... See full summary »
What to do when the workers of a factory have been laid off overnight? Louise has an original idea: why not pool the compensation money to ... hire a hit man and to liquidate the boss? Motion accepted so Louise goes in search of the gem they need and unfortunately comes across Michel, a stinky security specialist. Michel, who is busted, gladly accepts the deal but proves so inept that he sub-contracts the job to improbable novices. Moreover, as the factory was a mere branch of a multinational company, it is no bed of roses to find the one who actually made the decision to outsource its activities. But Louise will not give up so easily. Written by
"Louise-Michel" is an independent French black comedy, where being "alternative" becomes something for its own sake, and at the end we can't make out where the point is. The first part shows a sarcastic, sometimes alienating, mix of contrasting situations and moods, arousing contrasting feelings, from fun to sadness: if we think of the contrast between the dying cousin and really funny scene with the dog, we fell disoriented. The overall tone may appear too sardonic, lacking sensitivity, but I thought it was something searched for in order to avoid too melodramatic and attitude, when portraying the mutability of human life, with its sudden turns from joy to sadness. But as the story progresses, the movie goes deeper and deeper into the purest nonsense and it is almost impossible to find a meaning, except the total absence of meaning in human life. The scene where Louise and Michel dance drunk after having killed some people reminded me of the two protagonists of "Waiting for Godot", the most representative piece of drama of the theatre of the absurd by T. Beckett, where two tramps treat themselves violently and dance in a complete world of pure nonsense, where absurdity prevails. Used as I am to make out some sense in everything I experience and also in every movie I see, I think this movie prevents me from doing this, being the denial of any sense at the core of its intention. I don't know if the final scene may have been devised as a kind of redemption from all the evil we have seen, but I did not perceive it as such, being moreover mixed up with some pointless gender confusion. Rather ridiculous.
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