Bafflement needs to be the chief response to this laboured, weirdly misjudged comedy from French actor and film-maker Albert Dupontel, supposedly impressed by the anarchic spirit of Terry Gilliam, who has been credited for “participation exceptionelle” and will get a wacky cameo. It’s additionally devoted to the reminiscence of Terry Jones.
However actually this can be a frantically French romp within the industrial mainstream, about as removed from Python because it’s attainable to get. (The unique French title, Adieu Les Cons!, put me in thoughts of Francis Veber’s equally strained satire Le Dîner de Cons.) Virginie Efira – not a comedy pure – performs Suze, a lady dying of a bronchial dysfunction, of all hilarious issues. Earlier than she dies, she needs to seek out the kid she was compelled to surrender as an single teen mom. However whereas she is on the authorities workplace begging for assist, that division’s IT technician, Monsieur Cuchas (Dupontel), depressed at being handed over for promotion, shouts the phrase within the title and makes a bizarrely botched try and kill himself within the neighbouring workplace, unintentionally taking pictures the younger man being so unhelpful to Suze.
So Cuchas goes on the run from the cops, and Suze pressures him into utilizing his tech wizardry to trace down her son, and they’re additionally helped by a blind man who had been given a job within the authorities’s official archives as a part of a disability-diversity quota (once more: hilarious). That is Serge (Nicolas Marié), who’s carrying old school blind-man darkish glasses, like a Samuel Beckett character.
What 12 months is that this purported to be? It truly is a really peculiar and unfunny movie which lastly finds some type of sentimental level in praising the lonely sensitivity of nerdy bespectacled guys in every single place who can’t fairly pluck up the braveness to talk to the ladies they love. Some French movies, like wine, don’t journey. This one turns to vinegar.