Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Mammuth: Benoit Delepine, Gustave Kervern (LFF)

The previous two films by these directors were more than a little odd, one a wheelchair road movie and the other a mixed up revenge movie. The attraction here is the two leads - Gerard Depardieu and Yolande Moreau. They play a married couple with his retirement from the local abattoir kicking the film off. He discovers that he needs to obtain paperwork from previous employers to get a pension and the film becomes a combination of a road movie and nostalgia. The opening fe
scenes are farcical, especially the ones in the local supermarket but the film seems to lose its way though there are several
amusing sequences - and at least one very sick one. Isabelle Adjani appears as a ghost from the past with her face rather
damaged which turns out to be the result of Depardieu having crashed his motorbike while she was a passenger - he lived,
she didn't. Mammuth, incidentally, is the make of bike he rode which turns out to be worth a lot of money. A strange and
somewhat disappointing film.

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