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Arctic Heart (2016)

Le secret des banquises (original title)
TV-14 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 22 June 2016 (France)
A timid young grad student madly in love with her scientist boss offers her body to his research.

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Marie Madinier

Writer:

Marie Madinier
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Le Bon ... Christophine
Guillaume Canet ... Professeur Quignard
Anne Le Ny Anne Le Ny ... Nadine
Patrick d'Assumçao ... Philippe
Damien Chapelle ... Siegfried
Xavier Beauvois ... Le Président du jury
Eveline Lutz Eveline Lutz ... Intervenante Prix Nobel
Béatrice Bonnaudeau Béatrice Bonnaudeau ... Une chercheuse
Alain Buron Alain Buron ... Un chercheur
Alain Drouet Alain Drouet ... Un chercheur
Méranh Karounna Gobert Méranh Karounna Gobert ... Un chercheur
Didier Leferd Didier Leferd ... Un chercheur
Andréa Malvezzi Andréa Malvezzi ... Un chercheur
Marcel Misrahi Marcel Misrahi ... Un chercheur
Alexis Monceaux Alexis Monceaux ... Un chercheur
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Silently and hopelessly in love with brilliant and egotistical Professor Quignard, the shy Christophine has been pursuing her PhD at his research lab for eight years. Now, the professor and his team are on the verge of making a discovery that will rock the world of science and medicine: the key to universal immunity through 'ppm', a miracle penguin protein. All they are missing is approval from the funding board to begin human testing. In a crazy gesture to finally get her beloved's attention, Christophine injects herself with the compound, thereby, becoming the first ever human test subject. Instantly, Christophine, whose name he didn't even know, becomes the center of Quignard's focus, as he and his ever-devoted lab rat secretly embark on one far-fetched experiment protocol after another. until it becomes clear that immunity could be triggered by... lovemaking!

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Christophine & Frédéric
by Stephen Warbeck
(p) 2016 Les Films du Lendemain
© 2016 Stephen Warbeck
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A Bit of an Arctic Carry On
11 October 2019 | by richard-fieldhouseSee all my reviews

The film starts with the arrival of a mysterious box (via UPS) at a French research establishment. It's opened to reveal a baby penguin - except that after a few seconds it's clear that it's actually animatronic. To enjoy this film properly, you will have to be able to ignore this and a few other fairly low budget special effects together with some pretty unlikely science and a general disregard for the rules around animal experimentation.

The new penguin is being used, it turns out, to harvest something call PPM which confers remarkable immunity to the birds. It's the dream of the institute's much revered founder to carry this immunity across, first to mice, and then to humans. His besotted lab assistant, Christophine, played by Charlotte Le Bon is there to help him in any way she possibly can.

All that's needed now is the suspicion that the PPM needs to be "activated" by vigorous one-on-one coupling, and the stage is set for some serious action very much reminiscent of the old school British Carry On comedies. Laboratory mice, unaccountably unwilling to test out activating the PPM, are encouraged using "the hormone" which is sprayed liberally around the institute from what look like deodorant cans - with the inevitable results...

The repressed Professor Quignard, head of the institute, is played by Guillaume Canet, generally playing it pretty straight. But this is the part that would have been taken by Kenneth Williams. It's hard not to imagine him hamming it up as he would have done, in his own particular way.

In some parts, though, this film is naturalistic, the acting is good and there is a little depth to some of the characters. It's a bit more than just a Carry On in French. 6/10.


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