Wonderful acting, sympathetic characterisation, well paced. Not a villain or an antagonist, he's still a hardly redeemable character, and all the laughs are mixed with the satisfaction to see him get through this pain. Ironically, it is Brochant who ends up looking the fool, morally if not intellectually. He arrives in time to find his host bent-double from a sore back and abandoned by his wife. I was laughing the entire time.
Good movie which lets you think twice before judging others. Now, I'm gonna find me an idiot. Above all, the film is worth watching for its incredible main actors: Lhermitte who is the perfect hypocrite and Villeret who is full of goodwill and kindness in spite of its idiocy and its naivety in 1999, he won the Oscar for the best actor in France and he deserved it. All in all, the extras are fairly disappointing for such a great film. The acting and comedy is faultless bringing me to tears of laughter on several occasions. The humour is very much situation based and relies on plot devices to move it on, but it's quite fresh and amusing and makes for an enjoyable 90 minutes.
The winner is the one who will bring the biggest idiot, and Pierre Lhermitte thinks he was found the world champion in the face of Francois Pignon Villeret. Thus it is that they never quite make their dinner - or do they? This play was performed on stage in 1993 and had a huge success. The idea is simple: each person has to bring along an idiot. He's just a sweet, naive man looking for some acceptance. If you like those, you will no doubt have a good time watching this comic farce.
Surprisingly, the film is mostly set in Brochant's luxurious apartment, conveying a sort of trapped sensation. In my opinion it was a boring French single-apartment farce with a predictable plot. The similarities are clear: exaggerated but essentially believable characters pushed into absurd situations by malign circumstances; great writing; and impeccable performances, which in 'Le Diner du Cons' come from the perfectly balanced double act of Thierry Lhermitte and Jaques Villeret. Because Pignon is such a nice little man it is hard to see him so openly reviled and mocked by Brochant, I know the plot requires it but it was done with more than a little malice and at times left a bitter taste in the mouth. Yup, the trailer I saw the other week left me unamused, despite some actors that I really like having been cast in the film and you can watch it and waste 2:27 minutes. Have to say that it is one of the best films I have seen for a very long time. I've no idea what the correct Yiddish term should be but make it one without the hint of nastiness.
And is played in a great way by Jacques Villeret. The casting, while minimalist, is enough to conduct the movie with laughs and laughs, creating one of the greatest and most unanimously praised French comedies and Veber's true masterpiece. Indeed, Veber's comedies often relied on the simple but efficient buddy duo, with the white-faced clown and the Auguste, when the laughs mostly came from the reactions of the straight guy rather than the actions of the funny one, but this time, there's also a cynical yet delightful pleasure from seeing the Lhermitte character so tormented. You know that character is very funny and at times i could feel the same emotion Mr Pierre Brochant was experiencing. At all times, in both English and French, the dialogue is clear.
I highly recommend it to anyone 14-and-up seeking a true comedy. Join us as we continue to revolutionize language learning! The dialogs and situations are very intelligent and hilarious. The humor comes from situations the misunderstandings. In the progress, other characters make their entrance, Brochant's ex-friend played by a brilliant Francis Huster, Just Leblanc whose name will create one of the most hilarious cases of misunderstanding in French cinema not to mention the scene-stealing performance of Daniel Prevost as François's friend, a hard-nosed tax inspector. The acting was good and the directing average.
Villeret makes the film and perfectly makes Pignon a likeable and warm little fellow but still undeniably makes him the type of person who you would cross the road to avoid. The work of Jacques Villeret as an authentic jackass, with a stupid grin and trying to help Pierre, is amazing. However, things do not go as planned, as during Pignot's stay in Pierre's house unbelievable things begin to happen. There were a few major scenes, each of which delivered, on average 1 to 2 2 is generous good laughs. Our blog continues with a multicultural and multilingual look at cinema around the world. Refreshing comedy replete with subtlety, punning and panache, this film evidently derives from a stage play confirmed by a French contributor in his commentary. The movie is set almost entirely in the living room of an apartment with a spectacular view of Paris, and involves dupes, mistaken identities, pratfalls and misdirection.
Villeret is simply amazing in his role as Pignon, standing above everyone else in this film. The story is refreshingly simple, the script is perfect, and the acting is superb. Jacques Villeret is magnificent as a steadfast modeller with match-sticks - the invited idiot. Comment with your answers below! Before this film was released in 1998, it was, originally, a play. Very motivated fella who feels he can be more helpful. Brochant at the end is the one judged as 'con', even if he thought he was intellectually above Francois Pignon.