Le grand soir

2012 [FRENCH]


IMDb Rating 5.9 10 1990

Plot summary

October 25, 2022 at 06:06 AM


Gustave Kervern

Top cast

Gérard Depardieu as Juvénal, l'homme qui lit l'avenir dans le verre de saké
877.81 MB
French 2.0
24 fps
1 hr 35 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by barbara-205-669547 10 / 10

realistic surrealism

fantastic performance of all actors... especially the great Benoit Poelvoorde. Spontaneous comic dialogs as absurd as can be... The environment of these shopping areas in the outskirts of all bigger towns in France, looking the same wherever you go is a perfect background for this acid story about people struggling. Once the atmosphere set, a firework of weird characters start to play together their non existing relationship. If you have liked Delépine's and Kervern's black humor, you will enjoy this one too... Touching desperados in a everyday-life setting, enhanced by the fixed camera. They do have a true talent to make you laugh with cynicism...

Reviewed by paul-allaer 8 / 10

Suburban desolation blues - French style

"Le Grand Soir" (2012 release from France; 92 min.) brings the story of two brothers who couldn't be more different: Benoit is the self-described "oldest punker in Europe with a dog", living on the streets (literally) with no hope for any future. He has nicknamed himself "Not". Then there is Jean-Pierre, a mattress sales guy who lives by the rules and is on the narrow and straight. As the movie opens, we see the brothers having a "conversation" (both of them talking at the same time) with their dad, who owns and runs a small restaurant called "Potato Palace" ("La Potaterie" in French). It isn't long into the movie that Jean-Pierre, unable to meet his sales quotas, gets laid off, and that's where the problems start. To tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this movie, directed by Gustave Kervern and Benoît Delépine, is a biting commentary on the suburban culture and society, where you don't or can't fit it if you don't behave a certain way. As Jean-Pierre falls deeper and deeper into the black hole of his existence, the movie becomes a suburban desolation clues, French style of course. The absurdities of certain situations have a definite French flavor to them. Not to mention that the movie features a number of French punk songs. I'm not a fan of punk, but in this context they sounded refreshing (as opposed to bringing the same ol' tired punk classics like Plastic Bertrand's Ca Plane Pour Moi"). Last but certainly not least are the brilliant performances from Benoît Poelvoorde (as Benoit/Not), and even better in my opinion is Albert Dupontel (as Jean-Pierre/Dead).

This movie is MILES away from your standard Hollywood, or even European, fare. Nevertheless, if you are in the mood for a quality foreign movie that is definitely off-center, you cannot go wrong with this. "Le Grand Soir" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Reviewed by kosmasp 5 / 10

The day may come

But it all depends on your mood, when/while you are watching this. Because while it is sort of a portrayal of society (a bleak look at parts of it), it is more at home in the comedy genre. But not the laugh out loud kind of comedy. The darker and subtler one, with weird characters and even weirder (and sometimes benign) plot developments.

Our two main characters are connected, but while they seem different, the only difference seems to be their social status. Not for very long though, as one of the brothers has to face something no one likes. Out of that situation and some very long shots, humor arises with the interactions you are watching. Not everyones tea and more likely to alienate people than please them. But there is joy in that too ...

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