Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. France, 2012. Capricci Films, HPG Production. Dialogue by Herve P. Gustave, Thomas Wallon, Screenplay by Herve P. Gustave. Cinematography by Reza Serkanian. Produced by Herve P. Gustave, Thierry Lounas. Music by Gery Petit. Production Design by Vanessa Ailleaume. Film Editing by Isabelle Prim.
Director Hervé P. Gustave appears as a zoo employee who is fired and gets a job working as a night guard at a factory with Eric Cantona. Rachida Brakni is a woman who is having reckless sex with men in the hopes of getting pregnant, then meets a woman who falls in love with her and helps her achieve her goal. As Brakni’s prospects keep rising and things keep going her way, Gustave’s situation keeps deteriorating and, when they cross paths, it provides for a crazy moment of disaster. Odd, eccentric and ragged, this very strange film also includes a prostitute who operates out of a van on the factory floor and a lot of footage of orangutans, the kind of high art that would normally be the lowest point of pretentiousness but, thanks to Gustave’s fresh sense of humour and self-aware sense of whimsy, is not too hard to swallow. It won’t be for everyone, but it has good acting and some moments of great style.