Fourth film shot with his companion Charlotte Gainsbourg, “My Dog Stupid”, the comedian-director Yvan Attal, brilliantly adapts the great American writer John Fante.
Second adaptation of John Fante, after the disappointing Bandini Dominique Deruderre in 1989, My stupid dog, Signed Yvan Attal, in front of and behind the camera, with Charlotte Gainsbourg, wins our vote. He goes out in theaters Wednesday, October 30th.
Novelist out of inspiration after publishing a bestseller, Henri (Yvan Attal) postpones his failures on his wife Cécile (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and their four children. While making the ridiculous balance of his life, Henri collects a huge dog badly licked, which brings him comfort, although the whole family hates him and that Cécile thinks to take off …
Yvan Attal resituates My stupid dog, published in France in 1986 by Christian Bourgois, in our contemporary era. He makes some changes to the original novel, such as mobile telephony, or digital children, but he retains the original content. We find the paw of Fante, a disillusioned, paradoxically misanthropic and tender on society and the family. Attal tints his brilliant adaptation of a caustic humor befitting the novelist.
The actor-director finds the right tone in a writing where the beautiful part is given to the actors. Composing a character in full crisis of his fifties, he offers himself the lion's share. Yvan Attal perfectly endorses this weight of failure and bad faith of his writer in search of inspiration. Charlotte Gainsbourg also camps a wife, like him, in crisis, full of antidepressants and bitter, which does not spare her husband by sending him back to his ropes. Which gives tasty exchanges, scathing spreads.
Between them two sits the dog dubbed “Stupid” by his master. Deboned, lazy, and cumbersome, he is like Henri's alter ego. If he gave him this provoking name, it is because he recognizes himself in him. This identification is the sign of a tenderness, which one might think to be exempt at first sight. Thanks to “Stupid” he will overcome his self-pity and can be reconnected with his own.
The writing and the interpretation constitute the best of the film, the staging and the image do not upset the canons of a French cinema little inventive in this field. The second part also turns a little round and would have gained in rhythm if it was a little shortened. My stupid dog It is nonetheless a success and far from being stupid.
Kind : Drama
Director : Yvan Attal
cast : Yvan Attal, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Eric Ruf, Pascale Arbillot, Sébastien Thiery, Ben Attal, Adele Wismes, Pablo Venzal.
Country : France
duration : 1h45
Exit : October 30
Distributor : Eurozoom
Synopsis : Henri is in the midst of a crisis in his fifties. Those responsible for his failures, his lack of libido and his back pain? His wife and four children, of course! At a time when he makes a critical assessment of his life, of all the women he will no longer have, of the cars he will not drive, a huge badly behaved and obsessed dog, decides to settle in the home, for his greatest happiness but to the chagrin of the rest of the family and especially Cécile, his wife whose unwavering love begins to crack.