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Review of "The simple things": my soul for an omelet ★1/2

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Review of "The simple things": my soul for an omelet ★1/2

Direction and script: Éric Besnard. Interpreters: Lambert Wilson, Grégory Gadebois, Marie Gillain, Betty Pierucci Bertaud. France, 2023, 95 min. Gender: Comedy.

Anyone who hasn’t eaten a French omelet filling their lungs with rural air doesn’t know what they’re missing. And so it all goes: a nap in a hammock in a meadow advertising lactose-free milk, the smell of freshly cut wood, etc…. These are the simple pleasures of life that Éric Besnard’s infamous film seems to vindicate, so the A collision between two opposite characters – a CEO in the middle of an anxiety crisis and a marine biologist on grumpy leave – is programmed so that the urbanite learns from the anchorite who has understood that with an ax and a flint stone you can be happy. We think of “The Odd Couple” by Neil Simon or the boulevard comedies of Francis Veber, now transferred to the high mountains, although Besnard has an ace up his sleeve to tell us that not everything is as it seems, and the CEO, which Lambert Wilson plays with his irritating charms as a pre-retired seducer, also has many things to teach his surly omelet companion (Grégory Gadebois). This double-direction learning, crossed by the refreshing appearance of Marie Gillain (the protagonist of “La caraza”), includes a burned house, the appearance of a voracious bear and the incursion of a helicopter pilot, so that the viewer has the impression that there will be new obstacles in a conflict that seems resolved after fifteen minutes of footage. As the film moves inexorably toward its decline, one can make a list of the simple things that really matter, which may not be a tortilla or cutting down a tree.

The best: I would like Marie Gillain’s character to be less functional, because she is the only one who behaves like someone made of flesh and blood.

Worst: the long, unbearable seduction class taught by Lambert Wilson to the poor devil played by Gadebois.

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