It is a joyful film offered by Alain Guiraudie. The director of L’inconnu du lac and Stay Vertical tinged with humor Come, I will take you there, a generous proposal to which the spectator takes great pleasure in responding “present”. We follow Médéric (sublime Jean-Charles Clichet seen on France 2 in Elementary particles) for an inventory of our country seen through the prism of the city of Clermont-Ferrand.
“I wanted to talk about our time, explains Alain Guiraudie to 20 Minutes, but since it is not really cheerful, I found it judicious to use a light tone to deal with subjects as serious as the attacks or the conspiracy. While a terrorist attack has shaken those around him, the hero tries to seduce a buxom prostitute played by Noémie Lvovsky and takes under his wing a homeless man played by Ilies Kadri.
Vaudeville and love affair
“Médéric is a man with a childish look, laughs Alain Guiraudie. He has to deal with external violence, a jealous husband and drug dealers and manages to maintain a form of purity in the midst of the worst circumstances. All are seen through the eyes of this endearing character, a passionate lover determined to win the heart (and body) of his beauty despite the chaos that surrounds him. His neighborhood and his building turn into a minefield without tarnishing his enthusiasm for the woman he loves.
“He is someone who experiences action when he is not used to acting, specifies his interpreter Jean-Charles Clichet at 20 Minutes . He is the representative of a soft generation caught between younger and older people who are more up to date than him on a lot of issues such as gender and commitment. This overly nice boy makes drastic decisions when forced to do so by improbable circumstances rich in humor and suspense. “That’s what defines him and what causes disasters, a bit like in a boulevard play,” says the filmmaker.
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We laugh a lot during the screening. “There is hope in my film, insists Alain Guiraudie. I reveal other ways of living and other social compositions. In a world where people try to divide us, I wanted to show what can unite us. The down-to-earth utopia he portrays in Just Take You Away lifts spirits with quirky characters as heartfelt and colorful as the film itself.
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