A young boy, Maurice, lives and works on a farm in the beautiful south of France. His boss pushes him to the limit. He's underpaid and exploited. He supports his mother, a poor witch who lives in a house in the woods. He's never met his father and left school when he was 16. One day a posh Parisian girl and her racist boyfriend on a short break in a convertible lose their way in the countryside and end up in Maurice's village. Maurice falls instantly in love with the girl. The boyfriend has too much to drink and starts a big fight. He flees with the girl. Maurice decides to go after her in the big city. His naive approach to life, things and people, as well as his almost magical gift, brings him luck, success and fun he could never have hoped for: new friends, sex, pot, career opportunities and totally new sounds are only spoiled by the sudden arrival of his boss at his son's Philippe's flat in Paris, where Maurice stays. Philippe's supposed to attend medical school and keeps asking ...Written by
Punky wacky comedy with a radical anti-racist stance and a nice love story between a farm boy and a Parisian girl
At first I thought another attempt by the French to make a teenage comedy, a genre at which they are not very good. This story of young guys from the countryside who team up with street kids of African origin to avenge the misconducts of a young racist Parisian is a good surprise. It has some unforgettable hilarious scenes. The story is fast and has some provocative and unpredictable twists, including a powerful love tale. Formally the movie is fast paced with many set ups and cuts. The art direction is good, the stunts are OK with some brilliant physical comedy. The photography is sometimes stunning in the countryside, sometimes dull in the city. Once the movie starts, I found myself wondering what on earth is this, and then I got caught in the story. I laughed a lot alongside the few spectators in the theater, some of them seemed to be real hardcore fans of the movie. It has a style of its own, a bit unsettling at times, certainly unseen before. It's never boring, as some French movies can be. The movie benefits from a good score and excellent songs, lots of punk rock and reggae. So all in all it has a French Guy Ritchie's movie flair, with more love, more passion and less cynicism. Some young actors are stunning, the young Jim Carrey-like hairdresser who trips on too much ecstasy, the young fascist villain, the black roommate who loves grass, and the young and heartbroken Parisian girl are great. Among the vast number of guest stars look out for Richard Bohringer, I have not seen him that good for a long time. I also think it is Ticky Holgado's last movie.
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