Rated: R for language and nudity. Reviewed by: Linda Release date: July 12, 1995 Released by: Miramax
Grosse Fatigue, which stars and is directed by Michel Blanc (Monsieu Hire), is a funny look at the price of fame. With the excessive gaze of the public and Unending media attention, stardom often results in the loss of self-possession. With their right of privacy constantly invaded, stars often question who is in control of their lives.
With Gross Fatigue, Blanc has created a suburb way to explore such questions. In the film, he is met with his double, a man who shares his exact physical attributes without the full benefits of stardom. Posing as the famed actor, the double supports himself with paid appearances at seedy nightclubs and mini-mall openings. On his off time, the double earns a bad reputation for Blanc by committing minor faux pas and ultimately a major crime.
Carole Bouquet plays Blanc's good friend and good intentioned helper. Counseling Blanc top surrender to his misfortunes with a Zen-like attitude of acceptance, she drives him to her country home for peace and tranquility. When that doesn't appear to work, the two set out to trap the impostor and man eventually confronts clone and strikes an ill-fated deal.
By letting famous actors and actresses play themselves, Blanc has created a film that, although comical, seriously questions the fate of today's superstars. I enjoyed the film and felt that Blanc and Bouquet were really good together, with the idealistic upbeat Bouquet creating an amusing contrast to the cynical, withdrawn Blanc.
The French film buffs, the film will be particularly entertaining as it features many well-know stars, including Philippe Noiret, Josiane Balasko, Christian Clavier, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Thierry Lhermitte.