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Barjo (1992)

Confessions d'un Barjo (original title)
The narrator, "Barjo" (nutcase, crap artist), is an obsessive simpleton, given to filling his notebook with verbatim dialog, observed trivia, and oddball speculation on human behavior and ... See full summary »

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Jérôme Boivin

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Jacques Audiard (dialogue), Jacques Audiard (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Bohringer ... Charles
Anne Brochet ... Fanfan
Hippolyte Girardot ... Barjo
Consuelo De Haviland Consuelo De Haviland ... Madame Hermelin
Renaud Danner Renaud Danner ... Michel
Nathalie Boutefeu ... Gwen
Jac Berrocal Jac Berrocal ... Mage Gerardini
El Kebir El Kebir ... Le gardien de l'usine
Louise-Laure Mariani Louise-Laure Mariani ... Petite fille
Gilliane Sanki Gilliane Sanki ... Petite fille
Camille Gentet Camille Gentet ... Fanfan enfant
Charles-Elie Rouart Charles-Elie Rouart ... Barjo enfant
Lise Péault Lise Péault ... Irene Siccora
Bertie Cortez Bertie Cortez ... Capitaine Cosmo
Anne Bailly Anne Bailly ... La femme métal
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The narrator, "Barjo" (nutcase, crap artist), is an obsessive simpleton, given to filling his notebook with verbatim dialog, observed trivia, and oddball speculation on human behavior and the end of the world. When his house burns, he moves in with his twin sister, Fanfan -- an impulsive, quixotic egoist -- and her husband, Charles, the Aluminum King. Charles becomes the focus of the film, as his wife and brother-in-law bewilder him. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 July 1993 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color
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Based on the Philip K. Dick novel "Confessions Of A Crap Artist." See more »

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Rewarding But Flawed Adaptation of the Great PKD Novel
27 July 2000 | by emvanSee all my reviews

So much about this very faithful adaptation of Philip K. Dick's autobiographical mainstream novel _Confessions of a Crap Artist_ is right, that its shortcomings are all the more regrettable. Surprisingly, transplanting the story from 50's California to contemporary France is not one of them -- this works quite well. But the two central characters, the eponymous Jack and his sister Fay (here simply "Barjo" and "Fanfan") have been significantly changed, and not for the better. Barjo is much less edgy and marginal than Jack Isidore, making the sympathy he eventually earns for himself far less of a revelation. And Fay Hume, the irresistible, dynamic and dangerous tornado of a woman (based on Dick's third wife Anne) at the heart of the novel, is here dumbed down to just another suburban housewife -- it's hard to see why the Dick character, Michel, leaves his "perfectly good wife" for her. But the other characters are wonderfully drawn (particularly Fanfan's husband), and the source material is so very strong, that the film remains rewarding (with a particularly wonderful epiphany of an ending). 8/10.


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