Reviled by many critics, loved by a solid minority, I ended up in
between, but leaning more towards the positive.
This is odd absurdist fun. But the key word is fun. It doesn't
feel "good for you", or like a stern lecture on the moral emptiness of
modern life. Blier is too goofy for that. So, yes, he comments on how
violence has taken over our urban world, how isolated we all are, etc.
But he makes you laugh in the process, with sometimes almost 'Three
Stooges' like levels of silliness. 'Little Murders' comes to mind, but
I enjoyed this more.
Yes, it gets repetitive at moments, but the acting (Gerard Depardieu,
Bernard Blier, Jean Carmet) is very good, the look (which echoes - I
think intentionally - the cold, sharp modern world of 'Clockwork
Orange') is terrific, and for every scene that doesn't work, there are
a couple that do. Is this great, important film-making? Probably not.
But I'd sure as hell rather watch this sort of playful, hyper black
comedy of ideas than most of what comes out of Hollywood these days,