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Attila Marcel

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • 2013
  • Sylvain Chomet
  • 106 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Paul is 33 and has never spoken, spending his days practising the piano in the hope of fulfilling his aunts' ambitions that he become a great musician. But everything changes when he meets Madame Proust, an eccentric neighbour who helps him unlock the secrets of his past. Comedy drama, starring Guillaume Gouix and Anne Le Ny. In French.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

In the first live-action feature from noted French animator Sylvain Chomet (Belleville Rendez-vous), a meek pianist, rendered mute by losing his parents as a toddler, delves within his childhood memories to seek the truth about the past. It's typical of the film's blend of the serious and the playful that the story's catalyst should be the lady downstairs from his snooty aunts' Parisian apartment, a splendid Anne Le Ny as a certain Madame Proust, who feeds Guillaume Gouix's taciturn protagonist magic-mushroom soup and madeleines. His subsequent reveries are played out in delightful candy-coloured musical numbers, but an abiding melancholy sense of loss and Chomet's sluggish pacing keep the fun in check. If it's not quite another Delicatessen or Amélie, the imaginative visuals are still a whimsical treat, thanks to Chomet's eye for witty detail (watch out for the running taxidermy gag). Yes, it takes far too long to get to the punchline, but there's genuine emotion in the story's life-affirming take on the mental shackles we create for ourselves.

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Credits

Cast

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Paul / Attila MarcelGuillaume Gouix
Mme ProustAnne Le Ny
Tante AnnieBernadette Lafont
Tante AnnaHélène Vincent
M CoelhoLuis Rego
AnitaFanny Touron
MichelleKea Kaing
M KruzinskyJean-Claude Dreyfus
GégéVincent Deniard
DoctorCyril Couton

Crew

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DirectorSylvain Chomet

Details

Theatrical distributor
Metrodome
Released on
2014-09-05
Language
French
Guidance
Swearing.
Formats
Colour
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