I guess if I had made as many flicks as Gerard Depardieu I might be sleepwalking through my roles too.
According to wikipedia.com the international star has made 170 screen appearances since 1967. (IMDB.com lists 7 films and a guest appearance in a French TV series in 2012 alone.)
In this 2009 release (which I discovered in the back shelves of my local video store) the Depper doggedly portrays an aging policeman trying to help out an old cop buddy (Oliver Marchal) without stepping in the same merde as his shady colleague-in-arms.
Older men are irresistible to younger women in the world of this film. Despite the fact the 65 year old Depardieu’s character, Mat, is the size of a small bus, with a face looks like a badly mashed potato, we learn he was formerly married to an elegant young woman who looks just like Asia Argento (in fact, it is Ms. A)
and arrives home to find a young French-Senegalese beauty (Aissa Maiga) waiting patiently for him on his doorstep. (Mercifully, the love scene take place off camera.)
Even the young female journalist played by Catherine Marchal seems to find him attractive. And, of course, this being Depville, the 55 year old Marchal’s character also has a squeeze a decade or more younger (Mat’s partner, played by Anne Coesens.) If this is true in real life, I’m booking a flight to Paris tomorrow.
M. Depardieu plays Mat as if he is suffering from a hangover after a three day bender, although I prefer this approach to his languid, entitled performance as the titular character in the – better reviewed – 2009 feature Inspector Bellamy ( which I only watched because it was the last film by the great French director Claude Chabrol.)
The plot (cooked up by director Gilles Behat and Oliver Marchal, adapted from a novel by Hugues Pagan) seems to lose something in translation (and I am not blaming it all on the subtitles either).
So why did I rent it? Well, the blurb on the dust cover promises a “French film noir” and, after all, the French invented the term. Plus it was worth a few francs to see le grand Depardieu and the provocative Ms. Argento in even a grade B potboiler like this turned out to be.