The outcast red-haired teenager Rémy is bulled at school and lives with his estranged mother and sister in France. The also red-haired psychiatrist Patrick befriends Rémy and helps him to ... See full summary »
A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.
Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack. The couple's bond of love is severely tested.
The outcast red-haired teenager Rémy is bulled at school and lives with his estranged mother and sister in France. The also red-haired psychiatrist Patrick befriends Rémy and helps him to release his repressed hatred and sexuality. When Rémy sees a picture of red-haired people in Ireland, he forces Patrick to travel with him to his dreamland. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Free-wheeling modern French existential road movie
This first feature by Romain Gavras is a violent, perplexing road movie. Occasionally funny or flat-out surreal, it follows the mutually supporting shenanigans of two psychologically marginalised Frenchmen. Patrick is a psychiatrist about to collapse under the weight of his own ennui; Rémy is an immature young man, introverted by the internet, his red hair and sexual innocence. The latter provides the former with a project and, bonding over the tenuous topic of their red-headedness, they lurch off into a self-perpetuating zig-zag, initially searching for confrontation.
Those who have seen the remarkable video Stress for the dance collective Justice might have been prepared for the verité, taboo- stomping and sheer chaos with which the couple's adventures are recorded. The Cassel of La Haine (1995) is suddenly back on the screen, playing out a tamer version of Man Bites Dog (1992), the blinkered nonsense of the French philosopher-outlaw. It has the same dangerous, pulpish quality, especially with Olivier Barthelemy's Rémy in tow becoming ever more confident to confront people without understanding why.
I liked the deluded anarchy, especially shrouded in pathos as both characters clearly feel doubts nibbling away at their state and behaviour. A smattering of other films are suggested in passing - the recurring shots of industry put me in mind of Antonioni's Red Desert, and the latter shots of the bald-headed inmates of THX1138. The men's flight is from social systems and these films are good basic templates. For me the power of the film is in the borderline- B-movie, invigorating action that their desperation drives them to. Difficult to swallow in places but strong nonetheless. 6/10
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