on 21 February 2011
I happened to come across this film whilst channel flicking and I absolutely adored it. The passion that is portrayed without the use of much dialoge was empowering. As a viewer and student currently studying french most of the diagloge was easily understandable and translatable, making the film adaptable to our viewing.
Like their earlier, even better 'L'Iceberg', this is an inventive throwback to silent films and physical comedies, directed, written and chiefly
performed by a talented trio of circus trained clowns.
It's complete with their trademark minimal dialogue and dark events that never keep the film from being light and funny. For example, near
the start of the film, the two main characters are in a car crash; one loses a leg, the other his memory, but somehow it works being played for laughs.
As a whole, this didn't work quite as well as their 'L'Iceberg' for me - that had a more interesting, surreal plot to hang their routines on, and
more of their bits rose to the level of truly inspired, but this is still a sweet, funny, good-hearted film that cheerfully refuses to play by modern rules.