He has found a gem. I strongly suggest you see this classic French farce before it is completely ruined by Hollywood. I found this movie engaging and amusing. For example, a simple phone call is turned into a hilarious scene! It doesn't take much to figure out who's coming to dinner. The more correct title would have been 'Dinner for Schlemiels' or 'Dinner for Putzes.
The winner is the one who will bring the biggest idiot, and Pierre Lhermitte thinks he was found the world champion in the face of Francois Pignon Villeret. This however is not mere slapstick and the mental cruelty of Thierry Lhermitte's character is all too familiar in the clique based social circles I am sure most of us have encountered. Yup, the trailer I saw the other week left me unamused, despite some actors that I really like having been cast in the film and you can watch it and waste 2:27 minutes. This is sure a great movie,Unbelievable how creative some people can be. No, no need to thank me, really. Not a problem, watch the second clip with subtitles! The idea is simple: each person has to bring along an idiot.
Just when it looks like a sappily-ever-after ending, the rug is yanked out from under us one last time. There are two main types of comic in this film: on one hand the comic comes from the dialogues which are very funny with a lot of successful puns. Lots of fun, and not a bad idea at all for a dinner party. Excellent performances by Thierry Lhermitte one of the top French actor today and Jacques Villeret. It's always a joy to see an old-fashioned but very funny farce.
However, he had already invited Mr Pignon the dumb guy to the dinner and when Mr Pignon arrived, Pierre's nightmare will begin! And it is the slightly sad but hilarious antihero Pignon who emerges as far the wiser of the two. Despite the premise, which seems to offends some delicate souls, this is a very humane, as well as witty, movie. As expected, the comedy suffers from the absence of original performances. He tries to help the situation and Brochant sort of needs him to, but he can't help but make things a little worse every time. Devastated since his wife left him some two years ago, Pignon, like all the classic clowns, is smiling on the outside and crying on the inside. I was laughing the entire time. The film is adapted from a play written by Francis Veber and the unity of time, space and plot contributes to a coherent plot getting crescendo, each disaster provoked by Pignon leading to a bigger disaster when he tries to make up for the first.
So, when ever one of them is making black humor, the other one backup the viewer with easy humor. Both these films are thoroughly enjoyable. Now, I'm gonna find me an idiot. Wonderful acting, sympathetic characterisation, well paced. Comment with your answers below! Finally, his acts bring justice upon those that would make fun of him. Things quickly go awry and it's Lhermitte's deadpan reactions to Villeret's Pignon that are absolutely priceless; Buster Keaton himself would be impressed. It's like 'a crime without victims'.
But as far as comedies of errors are concerned, the French have a long tradition of their own. This movie is a classic in comedy. Audio Two language tracks are supplied, French Dolby 2. His nightmarish journey seems deserved, and it would take a lot of pains to feel sorry for him because his wife left him, after all, she left him because he wanted to play a humiliating game. Later, after the guests say goodbye, the group of friends makes fun and elects the more stupid and imbecile guest. The writer Francis Veber carries you to the top of the hill and throws you down from the hill.
The movie takes off when Brochant is left alone, incapable to move and with Pignon trying to help him, to see where his wife have gone. The full frame presentation and the lack of extras is disappointing, but the movie itself is wonderful and this disc remains a very welcome addition to my collection. The acting and comedy is faultless bringing me to tears of laughter on several occasions. Don't let the subtitles put you off. The beauty of this is that, when Brochant learns his lesson, we as the audience also learn something too. Join us as we continue to revolutionize language learning! Thierry Lhermitte as the wealthy Parisian snob and Jacques Villeret as the grand idiot, form a wonderful team. The 'dinner' of the title is a regular gathering at which some smug young Parisian gentlemen compete to invite the most amusingly ridiculous character as their guest.
But the writing and screenplay were absolutely fantastic. Alexandra Van Der Noot and Catherine Frot also deserve accolades for the two female parts that will get mixed up by the poor Mr. I hazard to say, but those in charge of this R4 release seem to be the real cons idiots here. Read on about why we love foreign film for language learning — beyond the obvious la drôlerie! Watch it again, you'll laugh more than the first time! And, of course, of great cultural relevance, we discuss en français such things as the relativity of humor : some of these scenes will be funnier to the French, than to Americans. I watched it in french and i dont know if it has been translated, but if you know french, you must go watch this movie.
Surprisingly, the film is mostly set in Brochant's luxurious apartment, conveying a sort of trapped sensation. Now Pierre must deal with this fool all the night in his apartment. Above all, the film is worth watching for its incredible main actors: Lhermitte who is the perfect hypocrite and Villeret who is full of goodwill and kindness in spite of its idiocy and its naivety in 1999, he won the Oscar for the best actor in France and he deserved it. However, for the majority the film is actually very funny in a slight way. His playing of the part keeps on line, such that it never veers off into the ridiculous or absurd, and the result is enchanting, charming, endearing. However, things do not go as planned, as during Pignot's stay in Pierre's house unbelievable things begin to happen. The laughs generally come from buffoonery from Pignon at Brochant's expense! I can't hide that I have been a bit worried about that one since I read about the remake, and I had a funny feeling that it was going to be yet another good foreign language film that had been completely wasted by Hollywood's big brains or lack of.
Lhermitte is the consummate straight man or in this case yuppie around whom the hilarity swirls. The work of Jacques Villeret as an authentic jackass, with a stupid grin and trying to help Pierre, is amazing. I'll keep it short and sweet. Aristo and Molier used that a lot in their plays. You don't need to know French to watch it as long as you can get your hands on a copy with subtitles.