Let My People Go!
Let My People Go!
France, 2011, 86 Minute Running Time
Topics: Comedy, Gay/Lesbian, Jewish Interest, Musical
Program: World Cinema
Language: French, Finnish English Sub-Titles
In Finland, a few days before Passover, a series of misunderstandings result in the breakup of a Frenchman and his Finnish lover, sending the former reeling back to Paris and his dysfunctional family just in time for the Jewish holiday. Lavish to behold, this absurdist comedy offers an inspired marriage of camp and farce that both celebrates and sends up gay and Jewish stereotypes. Reuben is the spoiled scion of a French dry cleaning empire, who went to Finland for an M.A. in comparative sauna cultures and wound up as a village postman in order to stay with hunky blond boyfriend Teemu. Unhappy and bored in his Paris exile, Reuben visits the Out of Egypt nightclub where an unexpected encounter with an aging pillar of the Jewish community sparks another series of misadventures. Debuting director Mikael Buch, who collaborated on the screenplay with his mentor, the art house auteur Christophe Honore,loads the film with cameos and shows his chops with some wonderfully silly bits of business, including a commercial for a fantasy spray, taglined “Jewish in a jiffy,” that can convert a goyim into one of the Chosen People on contact.
Director Mikael Buch is expected to attend both screenings.
DIRECTOR: Mikael Buch
Producer: Philippe Martin, Geraldine Michelot
Editor: Simon Jacquet
Screenwriter: Christophe Honore, Mikael Buch
Cinematographer: Celine Bozon
Music: Eric Neveux
Principal Cast: Nicolas Maury, Carmen Maura, Jean François Stevenin, Amira Casar, Clément Sibony, Jean Luc Bideau
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: les films du losange - www.filmsdulosange.fr