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Granny's Funeral
Adieu Berthe - l'enterrement de mémé - Bruno Podalydès
- Fiction


France - 2012 - 1 h 40 mn - Réalisation : Bruno Podalydès - Production : Monica Taverna, Martine Cassinelli - Scénario : Bruno Podalydès, Denis Podalydès - Image : Pierre Cottereau - Décor : Guillaume Deviercy - Montage : Christel Dewynter - Son : Laurent Poirier - Interprétation : Denis Podalydès, Valérie Lemercier, Isabelle Candelier, Samir Guesmi, Michel Vuillermoz, Pierre Arditi -

Utopia Dimanche 28 octobre 2012, 20 h 00

In the midst of a full-blown midlife crisis, Armand navigates haphazardly between his job as a chemist and his passion for magic. Where matters of the heart are concerned, he's torn between his wife Hélène and his mistress, Alix. And as for family life, what with an interfering mother-in-law, the kids with whom he can no longer communicate and Alix's daughter, whose birthday is quickly approaching, Armand doesn't know which way to turn… And then his grandmother Berthe dies, and he's landed with the extra task of arranging the funeral. It's too much for Armand, who finds himself forced to confront a profound existential question: do we burn Granny, or bury her?

Bruno Podalydès

Born in 1961, Bruno Podalydès studied cinema in Saint-Denis University, before directing a series of corporate films for Air France featuring his brother Denis Podalydès. Their respective careers are now inseparable, since Denis plays the main part in all Bruno’s films. Versailles rive gauche, his first film in 1992 was the first part of a “trilogy of train stations”. Acclaimed by critics, the film received several awards and was released in theatres where it benefited from word of mouth. In 1994, another short film, Voila, was noticed at the Venice Festival. Two years later, Dieu seul me voit (Versailles-chantiers), the second part of his trilogy, stars again Denis Podalydès. The film received the César for Best First Long Feature in 1999. Liberté-Oléron, co-written with Denis, was kind of the final part of the trilogy, even though it was not about a Versailles station. In 2002, The Mystery of the Yellow Room, a nineteenth-century set production with a higher budget, was the faithful and jolly adaptation of the detective novel classic by French author Gaston Leroux. The film was a huge critical and public success in France. The Perfume of the Lady in Black, the sequel of Joseph Rouletabille’s adventures, has the occasionally frightening depth of Jacques Demy’s tales. It can also be associated to the witty cinema of Sacha Guitry, both jolly and cruel, and cheerful Tex Avery. Thanks to the same team of playful and extraordinary actors (with, in addition, a very energetic Zabou Breitman), this film is a true opera of colours and light, seductive dances and impenetrable nights. It pays homage to the wonders of pretence, the pleasure of fiction and the desire to believe in it. Granny's Funeral is his latest film.