Review: Music Hole
- Gaëtan Liekens and David Mutzenmacher offer a dark comedy with a Belgian touch that could well attain cult status
With Music Hole [+see also:
interview: Gaëtan Liekens
film profile], a crazy investigation full of twists and turns presented a few months ago at Toulouse's Festival International du Film Grolandais, where it won the Audience Award, Gaëtan Liekens and David Mutzenmacher offer a dark comedy with a Belgian touch that could well attain cult status.
Following in the footsteps of successful Belgian comedies of which fans endlessly repeat the iconic lines, but also in the tradition of a rich cinema that multiplies narrative tracks and colourful supporting characters, Gaëtan Liekens and David Mutzenmacher deliver a crazy comedy with resolutely Belgian DNA, which is released today in national cinemas. Francis (Wim Willaert), a small accountant in a nightclub, has marital problems. His wife Martine (Vanessa Guide), too young and beautiful for him, is bored. She is so bored that she may just go and look elsewhere, but Francis is ready to do anything to keep the love of his life. He therefore prepares a Machiavellian plan, which fails in a spectacularly systematic way, until that morning when after a drunken fight, he discovers Martine’s head in the freezer.
He who wanted more than anything to put the pieces back together isn’t too sure what to do with this cumbersome bit of a woman. And that’s only the beginning… Follow quite a few guns, some vintage cars, haemoglobin jets, improbable misunderstandings, a temporal line scattered with care, the union minimum of scatophilic jokes, and of course, exceptional incompetents.
Music Hole isn’t afraid of caricature, of thickening the line to provoke laughter but also sometimes reflection on our little vanities and our great cowardice, or vice-versa. No hesitation genre here: Music Hole is schoolboy comedy à la mad thriller.
To carry out this audacious project, a cast that could rise up to the challenge was required, one that wouldn’t hesitate one second to put itself in danger and brave ridicule to serve the unbridled imagination of the auteurs, led by the indescribable Wim Willaert (Flemish Heaven [+see also:
interview: Peter Monsaert
film profile], Ma famille et le loup, soon to be seen in the latest film from Jan Bucquoy, The Last Temptation of the Belgians [+see also:
interview: Jan Bucquoy
(Translated from French)
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