French comedian and director Alex Lutz portrays a pop singer from the 1960s in a mockumentary.
The Cannes Critics’ Week closed with a cheerful bang with the screening of Man, the mockumentary portrait of a seventy-something pop star who has seen higher days however refuses to go away the stage. Directed by and starring 39-year-old French stand-up comedian Alex Lutz, it is a good-humored tour de drive and viewers pleaser, although given all of the native jokes and references, that viewers is prone to be French. The non-francais can depend on spending an gratifying night strolling down reminiscence lane with Man’s vulgar barbs and poignant innuendoes, even when they’ve by no means seen TV exhibits like Vivement Dimanche and miss out on among the gags.
One suspects the movie could possibly be a turning level for Lutz, who is understood for creating characters by his physique language and facial expressions alone. Right here he has the benefit of costumes (rigorously all-black onstage, with a flash of gold chain across the neck) and wonderful make-up that turns him into a person in his 70s (in addition to a younger singer in his 20s crooning duets with Marina Arms and Elodie Bouchez). Actually, together with his shock of white hair and perpetually open mouth, Lutz appears so pure because the singer “Man Jamet” that unwary viewers will likely be fooled into pondering it is a a lot older actor taking part in the half. The actually unwary could attempt to monitor down Man Jamet on Wikipedia, however he’s a compilation of a variety of basic crooners.
A straight-talking previous trooper who’s seen all of it, Man’s a bit gradual to react however nonetheless carries an aura of superstar and flamboyance. His favourite singer, he claims, is Elvis. He is launched in a wobbly handheld shot taken by an unseen filmmaker named Gauthier, who has satisfied him to be the topic of a “documentary portrait.” A lot later, towards the top of the movie, Gauthier is revealed as actor Tom Dingler, who’s as blond and blue-eyed as Man. As he confides to the digital camera in a non-public second, his mom has lately knowledgeable him that Man is his father, whom she met throughout a gig in Excursions. However he is far too proud and embarrassed to say this truth to the older man.
So his hidden motive for making the doc is to satisfy his father and discover out who his sire actually is. This lends a little bit of suspense to the proceedings. Does Man guess his secret? And if that’s the case, when?
Although nicely previous his prime, the singer has a brand new album out and is touring the nation together with his band to put it on the market. Older audiences, notably ladies, end up in droves to listen to him and take selfies. The album is all previous materials, and earlier than the movie is over, we get to listen to a lot of the ditties, cheerful sendups of horrible French kitsch from the 1960s by the 1990s.
Man remains to be on good phrases together with his ex-wife, Anne-Marie, who’s performed as a younger lady by a stunning Bouchez and later by the actress-singer Dani. Time has handed for her in addition to Man. Trying again, he acknowledges her because the love of his life and the lady for whom his hit track “Dadidou” was written.
Man is at the moment residing with Sophie (Pascale Arbillot), a spacey TV star a lot youthful than he’s. You possibly can hear the frustration in Gauthier’s query about why his legend lives in a small nation home within the south, the place he retains a few horses to journey — he had imagined Man in rather more glamorous environment. “If my life is sufficient for me, what do you care?” the singer snaps, and the viewers is on his aspect.
However Man has but to be domesticated. Taking Gauthier to a strip membership on a boys’ evening out in Cannes, he opines that intercourse and alcohol have stored him off medication. The movie affords many quiet revelations of this kind, as Man drolly uncovers his non-public life for the inquisitive digital camera. He could also be comically free in his use of vulgarities, however he is nonetheless a gentleman. Two touching scenes — a lunch together with his grown son and his comedian dialogue with a bum hanging across the port in Cannes — take the movie deeper than his normal tongue-in-cheek banter.
In a stunning poetic ending, previous newsreels run backward, summing up the ultimate knowledge Man passes on to his son: “All our photographs will disappear, just like the tens of millions that have been in our grandparents’ heads.”
Manufacturing firms: Iliade & Movies, Studiocanal, JMD Productions
Forged: Alex Lutz, Tom Dingler, Pascale Arbillot, Nicole Calfan, Dani, Elodie Bouchez, Marina Arms, Brigitte Rouan, Julie Arnold
Director: Alex Lutz
Screenwriters: Alex Lutz, Anais Deban, Thibault Segouin
Producer: Oury Milshstein
Director of images: Matthieu Le Bothlan
Manufacturing designer: Pascal Le Guellec
Editors: Alexandre Donot, Alexandre Westphal
Music: Vincent Blanchard, Romain Greffe
Casting: Angelique Luisi
Venue: Cannes Film Competition (Critics’ Week)
World gross sales: Studiocanal