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Juan Diego Botto
Antoine is too depressed to go on playing in his rock band. After wandering in the streets, he decides to seek an occupation. Unskilled as he is, he is lucky to be hired as the caretaker of an old Paris apartment building. He soon proves good at his job, even if he performs it a little eccentrically, and everybody grows fond of him. Antoine also develops a particular friendship with Mathilde, a recently retired woman who lives in the block and whose mental balance is deteriorating...Written by
What to do when you are depressed? Help somebody out who is depressed as well. Two like minded depressed souls are the main characters of this endearing, lighthearted french story. Catherine Deneuve is one of them. Her name was the reason I was drawn towards to this french quirky story. Deneuve's acting skills are way out there, even at her old age, she can carry a story by her own. The other main character played by Gustav Kervern is splendid and funny in his catatonic depressed style of acting.
What's the story about? Two depressed souls help eachother out, when they accidentally meet eachother in the courtyard of their apparment complex. The story is quirky, funny and endearing. And yes it is very slow, mirroring the depressing mood both characters are in. Definitely not a crowd pleaser, only suited for an arthouse audience who likes to watch depressed people fumble through their lives.
What makes this movie especially endearing is it's courage to deal with mental issues, in a serious way, yet the mood of this story remains very lighthearted, with some unexpected shattering moment of deep grief.
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