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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Granny's Funeral (Adieu Berthe ou l'enterrement de mémé) by Bruno Podalydès, 2012 (NR)

with Denis Podalydès, Valérie Lemercier, Isabelle Candelier, Bruno Podalydès, Samir Guesmi, Michel Vuillermoz, Pierre Arditi, Catherine Hiegel, Vimala Pons

In this offbeat comedy, Armand operates a pharmacy in Paris with his wife, Helene, but is carrying on an affair with the more sympathetic Alix. When Armand's grandmother dies, the distractions mount as he tries to plan an appropriate funeral for her.

I really do not know how to review this movie. Perhaps with more preparation, I would have been able to be more open to the surreal moments, but it took me by surprise and I didn't see the point in them, except to give the movie an edge it didn't need. The acting for the first half is excellent, with a great sense of humor, so irony and touches of absurd which were very well integrated. Even when we come to the most stylized funeral home you can ever imagine. Because it is part of the story. But when we come to see a circus show that do not bring anything to the story, as an exercise of style that failed, I disconnected. It is not that the fairy-absurd elements of the ending are not cute, and wrapping up the story in an elegant way, but sadly, it has lost a bit of the touch. And I am not talking of the bright full-screen text messages... My best moments really are the dialogues between Denis Podalydès and Valérie Lemercier, which recalled us all of the visitors undoubtedly when she makes fun of the bourgeois accent, and besides absolutely hilarious. I also enjoyed the mature relationship of Armand with Helene, who are seen by the mother-in-law are two kids, but definitely are very evolved in their emotions. So, to me, it is a matter of cutting the useless scenes to make it a perfect comedy.

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