Bye Bye Morons / Adieu Les Cons
French Film Festival
Palace Nova Cinemas
March 23rd to April 20th
(Reviewed by John Glennie)
A delightful movie (written & produced by Albert Dupontel) is classified as Comedy / Drama, but more the latter. However, the few comedic moments fitted in beautifully and were delightfully done.
Suze Trappet (Virginie Efira) discovers she is dying thanks to inhaling fumes from hair sprays in her job as a hairdresser. She is determined to find the son that was taken away from her at birth when she was 15. In the Government she is being given the runaround and told she must apply to Internal Affairs to get the records released – potentially taking months, which she doesn’t have.
Fate has it that while in their office, IT geek Jean-Baptiste Cuchas (played by Dupontel himself) who has been developing a sophisticated system has just been told his role is to be handed over to some young uni-graduate upstarts. Furious, he is dictating a suicide message in his office, but his suicide attempt goes horribly wrong. In the process, Suze seizes the opportunity to drag the unconscious Jean-Baptiste out before security and the police arrive.
She enlists his help to find her missing son in return for testifying on his behalf as an eye-witness. At first he refuses but when he changes his mind they both go to Internal Affairs. Here they come across totally blind Serge Blin (Nicolas Marie). Then the adventure really begins, along with the best of the comedy in the movie, as they try and find Suze’s son while evading Internal Affairs security and the police.
Won’t say any more, except to urge you to see this fast-paced movie which blends dark humour, social satire and tragedy.
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