Tip Top (2013)

SERGE BOZON

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  

France/Luxembourg/Belgium, 2013.  , , , , , , , , , , .  Scenario, adaptation, dialogue by , Serge Bozon, with the collaboration of , from the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , , .  Music by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

After a police informant in a small French town is found murdered, two oddball investigators from Internal Affairs (, ) are sent to investigate. They believe that the deceased, who was formerly a police officer in his native Algeria, was killed because of faulty (or intentionally faulty) work by the police, stirring up a hornet’s nest in a village rife with racial tension and post-colonial woes. In an attempt to teach us about the absurdity of life and politics, however, director Serge Bozon plays it all out in farcical tones, having Huppert deliver lines like she is in a French Preston Sturges film and giving the two lead characters the delightful quirks of sadomasochistic obsession (Huppert) and voyeurism (Kiberlain). You can tell the intentions are all smart and it should play out smoothly, but the overemphasis of hollow style on a story that is not really full of enough twists reveals a film that is all machinery and no heart.

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