Some time after having transformed Gérard Depardieu’s (enormous) humanity into a cinematic value in the film Mammuth (long before Abel Ferrara did something similar in Welcome to New York), the duo formed by Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern takes another strange body (in every sense of the world) like Michel Houellebecq’s to the screen. If we reduced the film to its simple plot, nobody could imagine the controversial writer playing a character who’s a family man and who, one day (a Friday the 13th, to be exact), decides to put an end to his life, bored of his routine. Shot with a small crew and on video of dubious quality, the directors follow the hero of the story as he crosses a rocky landscape, first on a bike and later on foot. Sheltered by the solitude of his surroundings (which is interrupted by a few characters), his nihilistic and disenchanted monologues will lead them to say (among other things): “So many words and so little suicide.” A film as strange and small as the body of its star. MA
D, G: Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern
F: Hugues Poulain
E: Stéphane Elmadjian
S: Guillaume Lebraz
P: Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern
CP: No Money Productions
Michel Houellebecq, Bertram Marius, Manon Chancé
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He was born in 1958 in Saint-Quentin, France. He was a TV actor and writer, an editor for the magazine Création and the author of comic books such as L’Imposteur (2000) and God Killer (2003).
He was born in 1962 in Mauritius Island. He co-directed the features Aaltra (Bafici ‘04), Avida (Bafici ‘07), Louise-Michel (2008), Mammuth (Bafici ‘11), and Le Grandsoir (2012), all of them with Delépine.