Une idee de grandeur (Review)

Well, I didn’t think Travelling would try to make an artistic film out of politics the same way Philippe Falardeau had made a comedy film out of politics, but I guess it’s because French Canadians have an interesting perspective. Louis Belisle (Luc Guerin) is dealing with the biggest struggle of being a mayor, which is being replaced by someone in the latest election. This means he has to go around and take down all the signs that promote him. After having a simple tomato sandwich and taking down a sign near an obsolete field, he starts to make out with his wife (Amelie Bernard). Okay, he’s taking this somewhat well. Even more, the new Mayor Richard Lemaire (Jean-Philippe Durand) is kind enough to Louis, even letting him take his old desk and chair home with him. Now that Louis has moved on, the first thing he does is meet up with his neighbours who specialize in adult activities and are planning to move away. What does he do before they move out of the town? I’m not going to elaborate. Let’s just say it sort of changes the mood even more than when we’re introduced to the neighbour’s erotic farewell party.

Well, I can’t say I expected much of a drama that dealt (not so much) with politics. The plot is minimal and barely much goes on, but the message is still clear. The characters, are, well, generic and barely have much personality. The scenery is also pretty generic and barely imaginative at all. There’s not much to say about this film except for the fact that it’s bland. It’s like they were trying to make a drama out of something basic, and failed. Feels like this was pointless and unnecessary for a film plot. I’ve seen weird and artistic from Travelling, but never bored-out-of-my-mind-bland content from them before.


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