Premiered in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, director Bruno Podalydès’ new film treats the topics of infidelity and death with a light touch that provides genuine laughter throughout. Denis Podalydès (who co-wrote the script with his director brother) plays Armand, a pharmacist slowlybreaking up with his wife in order to be with his mistress. The death of his long-ignored grandmother forces him to reevaluate his situation and finally make some decisions. The script is littered with witty wordplay and comedic set pieces; these characteristics, along with the subject matter, make the film somewhat reminiscent of a Gallic Woody Allen.
Director’s Note: By turns a comedy, vaudeville and fable, Armand’s existential crisis is brought to us with tenderness, poetry and great humour.
Directors’ Fortnight selection, Cannes 2012
Showing as part of the 2012 IFI French Film Festival.