DRAMEDY / FRANCE / 2021 / 95MINS / M
The irrepressible, larger-than-life Gérard Depardieu (Maigret, AF FFF22) is renowned for bringing generous helpings of his own personality to any role, and in writer/director Constance Meyer’s deft, highly enjoyable new fable about an unlikely friendship, he not only takes this mantle, but runs away with it.
Paris, present day. Very much past his prime, once-famed actor Georges - overweight, boorish and misanthropic - is struggling with health problems and a reputation for being irascible and difficult to work with. While preparing for his latest role in a historical epic, Georges is thrown for a loop when his assistant unexpectedly takes leave, placing him dependent on Aïssa (Déborah Lukumuena, The Braves, AF FFF22), the security company’s appointed replacement. It’s a seemingly round-the-clock position - driver, secretary, bodyguard and babysitter - but Aïssa is not easily intimidated. Whilst life may have shaped the disillusioned star and his pragmatic, assured young helper in very different ways, a singular platonic friendship begins to take root...
Depardieu is at his sensitive best here, relishing the chance to wink at his public persona, and Lukumuena is completely up to the task as his foil. The chemistry between them is both riveting and moving, from the first shot to the last.
Charming, deft and soulful. Supremely well performed.– VARIETY
FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
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