Louise-Michel

  • 94'
  • France
  • 2008
Louise-Michel is the third feature film by Gustave Kervern and Benoît Delépine. They have had 15 years' experience with French television in music, comedy and satirical programmes, of which Groland is still running. Their début Aaltra (2004) was a road movie about two handicapped people who give the word 'handicapped' a bad name. 'Shameless' and 'politically incorrect' are also two terms that could be applied to this film. Someone who works for a crematorium and asks the relatives for a light to ignite the oven. A woman who catches pigeons on her balcony and eats them. The satirical background of the two makers ensures an unexpected turn in the bizarre story, which even has a dash of social criticism.
Louise, a coarsely built and illiterate woman with a criminal record, works in a textile factory. After a company party, her boss gives her a new apron with the name Jean-Pierre on it. The next morning, the company turns out to have moved to a low-income country; the union pays out paltry severance pay. When Louise proposes pooling their resources and hiring a hitman to kill the boss, her colleagues are enthusiastic. The hitman they hire, Michel, turns out to have unorthodox methods. Before the task has been completed, a series of crazy events takes place. After which it becomes clear why Jean-Pierre was on that apron.

Directors
Gustave Kervern, Benoît Delépine
Country of production
France
Production Year
2008
Festival Edition
IFFR 2009
Length
94'
Medium
35mm
Language
French
Producers
Mathieu Kassovitz, Benoït Jaubert
Production Companies
MNP Entreprise, No Money Productions, ARTE France Cinéma
Sales
Funny Balloons
Screenplay
Gustave Kervern, Benoît Delépine
Cinematography
Hugues Poulain
Editor
Stéphane Elmadjian
Production Design
Paul Chapelle
Sound Design
Grégoire Kouzinier
Music
Gaëtan Roussel
Cast
Yolande Moreau, Bouli Lanners
Website
http://funny-balloons.com/images_dl/louise