Romain Gavras is known as Costa Gavras’ son but he is a lot more than that. He is among other things famous for his video clip direction, for instance for the French electronic band Justice (Stress) or for the British rap singer M.I.A (Bad Girl). I don’t remember having seen his first movie Our Day Will Come (Notre jour viendra, 2010) however his second is a veritable triumph.
François is a French drug dealer who just wants a normal life. His dream is to open a Mr Freeze business in Morocco (what a dream!). But he has a problem: his mother, Danny, played by Isabelle Adjani, spent all his savings in gambling. So he has to travel to Spain one last time for his new boss Poutine to bring drugs. Unfortunately, all things go wrong for François (luckily for the viewer) …
Who run the world: girls!
François is a mama’s boy. He’s unable to do anything without her (first because she got the money, secondly because he’s in trouble). Danny is an eccentric woman who steals while shopping. Nevertheless she’s a very strong mother who is always there for her son. That kind of role which depicts a foolish Isabelle Adjani proves she can play any role. In movies she always plays some quiet woman, even if getting older she accepts more fragile roles (La journée de la jupe). Vincent Cassel also plays against his type in emboding the naïve ex boyfriend from Danny.
“There’s no such thing as society. There are individual men and women and there are families”
Family is the main topic of this movie: what are you ready to give up for saving your family? That’s true, what unite you more than your family? No matter what broken is, you need the family, but you need sometimes to escape from it and fly on your own. That is what the movie is all about.
Truly, it’s one of the better movies of the year for me. First, because of the way it is filmed, very actual but with a 90’s impression. For the music: 90’s and 2000’s one and Jamie XX at music direction. But also for the main roles played by Adjani and Cassel, who are two completely foolish people, and that’s a really good thing for the movie. Another positive point is the family reunion: Vincent Cassel, Romain Gavras, Kim Chapiron (Dog Pound, La crème de la crème), and Ladj Ly are part of an artists community: Kourtrajmé, founded in 1994. What a surprise for me to see Kim Chapiron’s influence on this movie. I also think it’s a generation movie and that it will probably ring a bell more at younger minds than older ones. Some old people went out in the middle of the movie, while I was completely captivated and laughing (which is unusual for me in the cinema).
So, if you’re looking for some crazy movie with really good actors, go see this one. In France, it has been released on August, 15th. I hope it will successfully be spread around the world.
Until then keep watching!