Dolph Springer wakes up one morning to realize he has lost the love of his life, his dog, Paul. During his quest to get Paul (and his life) back, Dolph radically changes the lives of others -- risking his sanity all the while.
1945, Leningrad. WWII has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and mentally. Two young women search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins.
Hoping that self-employment through gig economy can solve their financial woes, a hard-up UK delivery driver and his wife struggling to raise a family end up trapped in the vicious circle of this modern-day form of labour exploitation.
Three friends, hanging around in a cafe, make plans on where to go. Empty coffee cups on the table show that they have been there some time. Affected by the monotony, they begin to tease each other and passersby.
Seems like a quirky idea that was extended into a movie
... without any real character development, motivations or purpose. The entire premise of a guys obsession for a jacket feels extremely forced. Watching, I always felt conscious of the scriptwriting process. All plot turns felt very forced. It honestly seemed like Quentin had taken a random bizarre idea, and tried to brainstorm ways to make it work across genres, in an arthouse package.
Its an offbeat mixed genre cocktail that seems to suffer from an identity crisis. Comedy, Horror, drama, arthouse - but in trying to cross all genres just fails to have anything compelling about it. Not funny, clever, deep or exciting in anyway unfortunately.
Dupieux has a strong visual style, the cinematography is well done... and Dujardin is excellent at whatever he touches, but he shouldn't have touched this script. The whole movie really missed the mark for me.
I give it 5/10 because on paper it has everything I like... a strong visual style, quirky premise and fantastic lead man in Jean Dujardin... but unfortunately putting all the elements together was the most disappointing flaw for me.
I feel that watching "bad" movies can often be the most educational in evolving as a filmmaker and I look forward to see what Dupieux learns from his mistakes in this below average film.
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