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99 francs (2007)

The life of Octave Parango, a flamboyant ad designer, filled with success, satire, misery and love.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Octave Parango
... Charles 'Charlie' Dagout
Patrick Mille ... Jean-François 'Jeff' Marolles
... Sophie
Elisa Tovati ... Tamara
Nicolas Marié ... Alfred Duler
Dominique Bettenfeld ... Jean-Christian Gagnant
Antoine Basler ... Marc Maronnier
Fosco Perinti ... Giovanni Di Toro
Cendrine Orcier ... Fabienne
Dan Herzberg ... Steven
Arsène Mosca ... Le dealer
Niels Dubost ... Père Groobad
Aurélie Boquien ... Mère Groobad
Mathis Jamet ... Enfant Groobad
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The life of Octave Parango, a flamboyant ad designer, filled with success, satire, misery and love.

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I'm the most influential bastard in 2000 years.

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Based on a novel with the same title by Frédéric Beigbeder. See more »

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When Octave's version of the Starlight commercial is shown on television for the first time, the blob of yogurt on his eyebrow disappears and reappears between takes. See more »

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Octave Parango: Everything is bought. Love, Art, planet earth, you me. Especially me. The man is a product like any other, with a limit sell by date. I am advertising, I am one of those that make you dream the things you will ever have. Blue skies, never ugly chicks, perfect happiness and retouched in Photoshop. You think I embellished the world? lost, I screw it up. Everything is temporary. Love, Art, planet Earth, you, me. Especially me
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References Koyaanisqatsi (1982) See more »

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Interesting French film about advertising business
16 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

Watching this film will give some critical ideas about consumerism, dirty ideas of ad business, also lifestyle of people working in advertising business in France. The ideas are different from all full of humor American TV series about advertisers (e.g. "I Dream of Jeannie" and others). The ideas are different, though there are many elements of black humor, criticism of machos' vices, The critical idea is the didactic message of the film. The film reminds that people would not die of hunger if more money are spent not for creating ads to increase turnover, also true critical insights about consumerism, the idea that advertising in many cases sell only dreams for some time.

The plot of the film is also full of visual experiments, some elements of animated cartoons, some repeated episodes which get more meaning at the end of the movie. Also the end of the film obviously make the viewer think more deeply about the nature of the change of the human being discarding commercial things.

It is worth to spend time watching this French film full of experiments and critical ideas about consumerism.

The book of Begbeider and the film are truly two different things, which add more ideas about critical insights about consumerism, advertising business.


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