Le Magasin des suicides
France, 2012, 79 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Canada, Belgium
Topics: Animation, Black Comedy, Musical
Program: Modern Masters
Language: French English Sub-Titles
In this merrily morbid animated musical from Patrice Leconte (Girl on the Bridge, Ridicule), a family in the assisted suicide business is faced with a dreadful dilemma: their son and heir is incurably cheerful, optimistic and life-loving.
Times are tough in the dark, rainy city that forms the setting for this Tim Burton-esque black comedy - which means business is booming for the Tuvanche family. Here in their Suicide Shop, folks at the end of their rope can take their pick of inventive ways to shuffle off this mortal coil, with the all-too-eager help of Madame and Monsieur Tuvanche providing the means.
All goes well until Madame Tuvanche gets a surprise bundle of joy – literally: a new baby boy who is relentlessly cheery. Will the family business be jeopardized by this happy (shudder!) new arrival? Delightfully misanthropic, and with a musical songbook that will have you whistling past the graveyard, this seriously strange new comedy from French master Leconte makes for a truly singular viewing experience.
DIRECTOR: Patrice Leconte
Producer: Gilles Podesta, Thomas Langmann, Michèle Pétin, Laurent Pétin, André Rouleau, Sébastien Delloye
Editor: Rodolphe Ploquin
Screenwriter: Patrice Leconte, Jean Teulé
Music: Etienne Perruchon
Principal Cast: (Voice) Bernard Alane, Isabelle Spade, Kacey Mottet Klein
Filmography: Voir la mer (2011), Beauties at War (2008), Intimate Strangers (2004), Man on the Train (2002), The Widow of Saint-Pierre (2000), Girl on the Bridge (1999), Ridicule (1996), The Hairdresser’s Husband (1990)
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