Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Nous irons tous au paradis (1977)

This is the sequel to the successful Un éléphant ça trompe énormément. I still don't know what Marthe thought when she saw her husband was about to commit suicide live on TV, but in the beginning of this movie, Marthe and Étienne are happily married. While in the beginning of Un éléphant ça trompe énormément, Étienne is about to cheat on his wife for the first time; in the beginning of Nous irons tous au paradis, he finds a photo of his wife kissing a white haired man and plays detective to search his rival. Jean Rochefort perhaps would make a great Clouseau (The Pink Panther). How could I not think of that? Vladimir Cosma's jazzy music accentuates the matter . His thick moustache is very iconic, always makes me think of police characters in Tintin.

Étienne and his best friends Daniel, Simon, and Bouly buys a house near the airport. I wonder which road they take to go to the house, since they didn't see the big airport. One of the results of this folly: they have to play tennis wearing headphones.

In a party, Simon meets someone whose same fate as his: bullied by his own mother. I hope this fact makes Simon happy for a while. It turns out he loves his mother more than he has thought, for when she dies he cried helplessly. Bouly re-married, to unsatisfactory ending. Daniel successfully has a normal relationship, but she cancels the wedding on the D-day. The ending at the airport is good, with poor Simon is forced to fly to Bordeaux with Étienne's suitcase.

Compared to Un éléphant ça trompe énormément, this one is not as funny. I love the Adam cartoon, though.

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