There’s no moral or metaphor to be drawn from these hijinks, though the film’s unexpected humanity is the ace up its sleeve: It’s a testament to the wonderfully synched, spacy performances of Ludig and Marsais that we feel as much for these useless bros, with their dorky secret handshake and genuine care for each other, as one can possibly feel for characters essentially drawn as stick figures with bad hair. Even the fly, perfectly named Dominique, is adorable against all odds: a marvelous feat of puppetry that turns out to have the eager temperament of a family dog, as well as its size. You leave MANDIBLES briefly thinking a trained pet fly mightn’t be a bad idea: Such is the power of Dupieux’s infectious idiocy. (Guy Lodge, Variety)
Eröffnungsfilme | Opening Films 2021 / Nachtsicht | Night Sight 2021
France / Belgium 2020
OV with English subtitles
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Screenplay Quentin Dupieux
Cinematography Quentin Dupieux
Editing Quentin Dupieux
Sound/Sounddesign Guillaume Le Braz, Alexis Place, Gadou Naudin, Niels Barletta, Cyril Holtz
With David Marsais, Grégoire Ludig, Adèle Exarchopoulos, India Hair, Roméo Elvis, Coralie Russier
Producer(s) Hugo Sélignac, Vincent Mazel, Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Patrick Quinet
Chi-Fou-Mi Productions, Memento Films Production, C8 Films, Artémis Productions, Voo/ Be TV, Shelter Prod.
Wild Bunch International
Venice International Film Festival 2020In cooperation with SLASH.