Very few people went to see this film and what few film fans rated it
on IMDb gave it a very low grade. I must admit I am amazed because I
personally had a really good time watching 'La très très grande
enterprise', Pierre Jolivet's last work and - in my eyes - one of his
Basically, 'La très très grande enterprise' is an attack against the
greed and cynicism of multinationals, here an agrochemical one named
Naterris. But instead of drilling political slogans like the
politically committed directors of the 1960s used to do, Jolivet
involves the viewer in an exciting adventure film, with a lot of twist
plots and humor, which in no way masks the social commentary.
The three modern musketeers of this story (who are four like in Dumas'
novel) are likable and complement each other perfectly: Roschdy Zem is
fine as the leader of the four against the Naterris tower, Marie
Gillain is a sparkling love interest, Jean-Paul Rouve excellent as a
gay cook and Adrien Jolivet , the director's son, has good scenes as
the youngest in the group. The actors playing the executives of the
company (Scali Delpeyrat, Guilaine Londez - who has a funny sex scene
with Roschdy Zem-, Anne Loiret) are also well-chosen and convincing.
I remained stuck throughout and even if the starting point is not quite
believable (four ordinary fellows deciding to be hired by a
multinational to find evidence of pollution within the walls of its
head office) the script is so nicely packaged that I stopped asking
myself questions and just enjoyed.
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