Direction and screenplay: Eric Besnard. Interpreters: Lambert Wilson, Grégory Gadebois, Marie Gillain, Betty Pierucci Bertaud. France, 2023, 95 min. Gender: Comedy.

Anyone who hasn’t eaten a French omelette filling their lungs with rural air doesn’t know what they’re missing. And so on: a nap in a hammock in a meadow advertising lactose-free milk, the smell of freshly cut wood, etc… These are the simple pleasures of life that Eric Besnard’s famous film seems to claim. A collision between two opposing characters – a CEO in the midst of an anxiety attack and a grumpy marine biologist on leave – is timed for the city dweller to learn from the anchorite who has understood that with an ax and a flint you can be happy. We think of “The Odd Couple” by Neil Simon or the boulevard comedies of Francis Veber, now transferred to the high mountains, even if Besnard has an ace up his sleeve to tell us that everything is not as it seems, and the CEO, who Lambert Wilson plays with his annoying charms as a pre-retired seducer, also has a lot to teach his gruff omelette companion (Grégory Gadebois). This two-way apprenticeship, crossed by the refreshing appearance of Marie Gillain (the protagonist of “La caraza”), includes a burned house, the appearance of a voracious bear and the incursion of a helicopter pilot, so that the viewer has the impression that there will be new obstacles in a conflict which seems resolved after fifteen minutes of filming. As the film moves inexorably toward its decline, we can make a list of the simple things that really matter, which may not be a tortilla or the felling of a tree.

The best: I would like Marie Gillain’s character to be less functional, because she is the only one who behaves like someone of flesh and blood.

Worse: the long and unbearable course of seduction given by Lambert Wilson to the poor devil played by Gadebois.

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