Some good guys and some bad guys are stuck inside a warehouse, along with some good guys from outside who came inside, while some different bad guys outside try to get in. With me so far? The inside good guys the inside bad guys and the outside good guys who are now inside, have to team up inside to keep the outside bad guys out. While the outside bad guys try to get in to get an outside bad guy who is inside, out. Clear?
3 crews. One battle. No way out!
Unrelenting. Violent. Funny. Inventive. Outstanding. All action films should be this good.
Le Dîner de cons (The Dinner Game*).
A group of wealthy, intellectual snobs have regular dinner party competitions. The purpose of which is to see who can bring the best “idiot”.
Le Dîner de cons is beautifully written by Writer / Director Francis Veber (who based it on his own stage play) with enough twists and reversals to keep anybody happy. It is both delightfully funny and heartbreakingly sad, just as a good comedy should be.
Link to the original stage play script (in French)
* “The Dinner Game” is the English international title according to IMDB. A better translation of the meaning would be “The Dinner for Idiots”. In France the word cons is used to refer to somebody as an idiot. Cons is also a rather vulgar word for the female genitalia. It’s used in the same way as we might call somebody a knob when they are being stupid. However “The Dinner for C**ts” doesn’t quite translate with the same meaning.
Lola Rennt (Run Lola Run).
Lola has 20 minutes to get 100,000 Deutschmarks to her idiot boyfriend Manni so that he doesn’t end up dead.
I don’t know how to adequately convey how much I love this film. I like the way the story is told using a non-linear* timeline. I like the animated sections. I even like the trancy dance music soundtrack. But what I really like is the very clever way it is written and the pace and energy that is sustained throughout the film. Love it. Love it. Love it. Love it. Love it. Love it. Love it.
There are plenty of trailers of and music videos associated with Run Lola Run. Any of which I could have posted here, but for anybody who hasn’t seen the movie they all reveal too much
* I know some people struggle with non-linear structure, feeling that it pulls them out of the story. My brain must work upside down or something because I have no problem with it at all. I did watch quite a bit of Jean-Luc Godard when I was a teenager, maybe that permanently rewired my brain.
Now go away and watch something brilliant. See you soon.