So go on, buy it because it is one worth watching with the whole family and every time you have some guests that you would rather just sit and watch funny film with! It's nothing more than a filmed play, quite static, but the cast consists exclusively of comedy pros. Situation comedy has got itself a bad name over the years, but at its best, this is undeserved - think, for example, of 'Fawlty Towers', of which this film reminds me. And it is the slightly sad but hilarious antihero Pignon who emerges as far the wiser of the two. It's too slow and subtle which I think is the beauty of it. The wealthy editor Pierre Brochant Thierry Lhemitte and his friends have a competition: every Wednesday, each one of them invites the dumbest jackass he can find for a dinner, where each one of the guests is invited to talk about himself as much as possible. 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.
In this one the script carries the movie. Don't let the subtitles put you off. Alexandra Van Der Noot and Catherine Frot also deserve accolades for the two female parts that will get mixed up by the poor Mr. He tried to win back Mr Pierre Brochant his wife back,but blew it over a small thing,The location!! I bought this to enhance my French. I highly recommend it to anyone 14-and-up seeking a true comedy.
Pierre Brochant is a smug Parisian riche who has the habit of playing a game with his wealthy upper-class friends to see who can bring the biggest idiot to a dinner party. While not a plain idiot, Pignon is a sweet and lovable buffoon and despite his meanness, Pierre Brochant strikes as a brilliant and intelligent person. Indeed, just because someone looks and sounds like an idiot doesn't mean that he is not one. Too often comedies have their own characters ignore the hilarity around them. For them it's like a championship where they try to find the dumbest guy on earth! I would recommend this to anyone with a penchant for intelligent farce.
It's a great film to watch in French once you've seen it a few times with the subtitles on as you can probably work out the dialog by then anyway. But as far as comedies of errors are concerned, the French have a long tradition of their own. Later, after the guests say goodbye, the group of friends makes fun and elects the more stupid and imbecile guest. If you like those, you will no doubt have a good time watching this comic farce. This word describes perfectly the simplicity and the incredible sense of humour of this movie! His plays always make me have constant smile that it looks like it is stuck on my face. Now, I'm gonna find me an idiot. Jacques Villeret portrayal of the oafish Pignon is one of the best comedy performances I have ever seen, up there with the Marx Bros and other greats like Laurel and Hardy.
Both these films are thoroughly enjoyable. But this time Pierre can't go to the dinner, because he hurt himself when he was playing golf, so he must stays in his own home. There were a few major scenes, each of which delivered, on average 1 to 2 2 is generous good laughs. . My other hero is Molier, a version of Aristo that more close to my century.
This is sure a great movie,Unbelievable how creative some people can be. Aristo and Molier used that a lot in their plays. Nevertheless, with this version with English subtitles, everyone can enjoy the humor. I must say, though, I am surprised at the degree of extreme enthusiasm being voiced by many of the people who have placed comments. This is a great film. And one day, Brochant receives a phone call from a friend who found a 'world champion': Jacques Villeret as François Pignon, a civil servant working in the Minister of Treasury and building replicas of landmarks with matchsticks, what a promising pedigree! The pace is brisk, the dialogue is funny, the acting is top class.
But the writing and screenplay were absolutely fantastic. 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. However, things do not go as planned, as during Pignot's stay in Pierre's house unbelievable things begin to happen. This is a light and perfectly digestible fare, in the genre of the classic French farce. Because Le Diner de Cons includes all the things that I like in both writers' plays.
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. It's like 'a crime without victims'. But as usual, Veber films don't take their 'seriousness' with seriousness, when we know where the film is going to, we're immediately surprised by a twist that gets the final spice, a masterpiece of wit, sophistication, laughs and cynicism, leading to one major conclusion : never take one's personality for granted. Excellent performances by Thierry Lhermitte one of the top French actor today and Jacques Villeret. For that moment, Pignon is the smart one and Brochant realizes that he is the real idiot.