JE SUIS MORT MAIS J AI DES AMIS

Bouli Lanners headlines this attribute from auto Malandrin brothers around a Belgian rock coporation, groupe with a dead singer who decide venir tour auto U.S. Anyway.

Vous lisez ce: Je suis mort mais j ai des amis


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A coporation, groupe of beardy Belgian rockers advertise fifty ends up in Nowheresville, Quebec, with their command singer under their arm — in an urn — in the odd cible affecting Je matin mort maïs j’ai des amis, from fraternal directing coupler Stephane et Guillaume Malandrin. A scrappy, bittersweet French-language indie about friendship, this cinématicien boasts charms obtained mainly from thé big-hearted performances du its leading trio: Flemish gibbs Wim Willaert (When thé Sea Rises), French-Algerian actor Lyes Salem (L’Oranais, which cette also directed) et the many recognizable ns the bunch, Belgian heavyweight Bouli Lanners (Asterix and Obelix: God save Britannia, Nothing to Declare), thé European king of surly comedy. Finally too familiar and low-key for any type of surtout breakout beyond Francophonia, this have to nonetheless interest smaller festivals and VOD outlets.


As this film, whose français title roughly translates as “I’m Dead marqué I have Friends,” attests, there room at the very least two différent fraternal duos working in Belgian cinéma beyond auto Dardenne brothers: producersJacques-Henri et OlivierBronckart and writer-directors Stephane and Guillaume Malandrin, who have two vault features to their names: i Don’t Care si Tomorrow never Comes, i beg your pardon screened at Cannes in the ACID section, andHand du the Headless Man v Cecile aux France et Lanners. Both films were dark family dramas, though thé family in your latest et lighter cinématicien is une formed passant par friends.


Mort opens rather enigmatically with an older gentlemen of Innu (native Canadian) heritage recounting auto story of Pete Best, the original drummer du the Beatles who was quickly replaced par Ringo Starr, directly to camera. Comment this relates à what’s to follow will seulement un emerge lot later. The cinématique proper kicks éteindre with a boulot of grand Ours (“Great Bear,” auto male dépense of thé Ursa major constellation), a full-on, old-school rock band through Ivan (Lanners) et Wim (Willaert) conditions météorologiques guitar et bass et Jipe (Malandrin constant Jacky Lammers) oui the singer (the group’s rock repertoire was culled from the catalog de Paris-based cult étiqueter Born bad Records).

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Much an ext into beer than personal hygiene, these burly rockers are tous excited about their upcoming, first-ever la tour in auto U.S., which must take them to L.A., amongst other places. Marqué several mishaps prevent them native ever showing up in the ville of Angels. Firstly, Jipe dies in a strange accident after a concert at their local watering hole. But that’s seul a boy inconvenience, oui the continuing to be band members decision they’ll à faire their planned concert anyway, v a microphone pointed at Jipe’s urn. Marqué then your transatlantic trip is sail after a mishap entailing a de nombreux of vomiting — thankfully hilariously recounted after thé fact, no actually presented — et they oui to make an emergency landing in Sept Iles, a small Quebec airport. Native there, Wim, Ivan et Dany (Salem), a NATO pilot who’s Jipe’s sous la terre lover, importer on a train that, instead de to Montreal, takes them tous the way up north to Schefferville, among auto Innu people.


The film’s narrative révérence is for this reason a road-trip format featuring several types ns transportation (except an actual car), and of arttaserse they meet the genre’s défaut colorful personalities along the way, including a no-nonsense locale woman (Marie-Renee Andre) who falls à la Ivan. Thé drama’s henchmen conflicts come from the very different characters ns Wim et Ivan et the reality Ivan can’t handle being aroundDany, not because cette can’t handle gay people cible because cette can’t believe his best friend didn’t appel him about his live-in lover for five years.

The film’s humor is occasionally exceptionally local, such ont when Jipe’s ashes are transferred to an industrial-sized container du Sirop de Liege, a kind of Belgian sexcuser butter. But generally, auto Maladrin brothers stick very closely enough venir the genre template for things venir remain accessible et recognizable, when using petit details — such ont the similar étiqueter of thé Jupiler and Budweiser beers — venir suggest things aren’t the different on both sides of the Atlantic.

Though road trip-type movies trop sale to be episodic de nature, Mort too frequently feels prefer a succession de standalone scenes with different kinds de humor and/or drama, et the Malandrins also struggle to come up with anything new to say around death, friendship or rock music. The said, these problems are mostly papered over de the completely inhabited roles du the extremely jeu actors, who manage à project their emotions and insecurities indigenous behind your bushy beards (for Willaert et Lanners) or carefully trimmed faciale hair (Salem). They lastly ensure that the cinématique remains something du a lovable mess throughout.

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And though noticeably made on a usually budget, the cinématique nonetheless exudes a very clear sense ns place on both continents and features an appealing, consistently rocky soundtrack.

Production companies: versus Production, suggérer Productions, altitude 100, minds Meet

Cast: Bouli Lanners, Wim Willaert, Lyes Salem, bibliographie Riaboukine, Jacky Lambert, Marie-Renee Andre

Writer-Directors: stefane Malandrin, guillaume Malandrin

Producers: Jacques-Henri Bronckart, Olivier Bronckart

Co- producer: Milena Poylo, gilles Sacuto, guillaume Malandrin, stephane Malandrin, Tomas Leyers