IFI FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2016: NEWS FROM PLANET MARS

Dominik Moll

(Des nouvelles de la planète Mars)

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Director Dominik Moll and writer Gilles Marchand will partake in a post-screening Q&A.

A respectable, middle-aged divorcé dad, Philippe Mars (François Damiens) wants to please everyone. Outwardly, his life appears intact while inwardly, he is in turmoil. His busy TV journalist ex-wife has entrusted him with caring for their sanctimonious children, a compulsive seventeen-year-old daughter driven by success, and a thirteen-year-old son who after his first crush becomes a hardcore vegetarian.

His snooty artist sister doesn’t help much either. Philippe’s life spins out of its planned orbit when Jérôme (Vincent Macaigne), a bizarre and unhinged colleague, takes up residence in his apartment. (Notes by Marie-Pierre Richard)

Director’s note: With a meticulous edge of black humour this is a hilarious, and genuinely touching portrait of a man tumbling into the absurd.

Screening as part of the IFI French Film Festival 2016.

101 mins • France/Belgium • 2016 • Digital

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