L'Invité (image 1)

Screened as part of NZIFF 2008

L'Invité 

Directed by Laurent Bouhnik

It's business as usual in the polished world of French farce, where it's open season on the tasteless and the clueless; and heartless cads have the best lines. Starring Daniel Auteuil.

France In French with English subtitles
90 minutes 35mm

Director

Screenplay

David Pharao

Photography

Jean-Paul Agostini

Editors

Hervé de Luze
,
Frédéric Thoraval

With

Daniel Auteuil
,
Valérie Lemercier
,
Thierry Lhermitte
,
Hippolyte Girardot
,
Artus de Penguern
,
Pascale Denizane
,
Mar Sodupe

Elsewhere

It‘s business as usual in the polished world of French farce, where it‘s always open season on the tasteless and clueless; and heartless cads have the best lines. L‘Invité takes a brisk spin through some well-tried scenarios, and though it can‘t touch the wicked brilliance of the film it most resembles, Francis Veber‘s Dinner Game, there‘s amusement to be had in watching four consummate farceurs acting as if it does. Unemployed for three years, Gérard (Daniel Auteuil) is getting desperate when he is offered a job in Indonesia. Determined to make a good impression on his new boss (Hippolyte Girardot), Gérard invites him to dinner. Which is odd, considering that his wife Colette (Valérie Lemercier), sweet dope though she may be, is a terrible cook and a gormless host. Help is on hand in the form of suave Alexandre (Thierry Lhermitte), their PR guru neighbour. Needless to say, Gérard and Colette are not the only ones in line for a make-over. — BG