Imagine a shop that for generations has sold all the accoutrements for the perfect suicide. This family business prospers in all its bleak misery, until the day it encounters joie de vivre in the shape of younger son, Alan. What will become of The Suicide Shop in the face of Alan’s relentless good cheer, optimism and determination to make the customers smile? –TIFF
French filmmaker Patrice Leconte is as notable for his refusal to be easily categorized as he is for his long and productive career. Since making his major directorial debut in 1975 with Les Vécés Étaient Fermés de L’Intérieur, Leconte has established himself as one of France’s most respected directors, at ease tackling subjects ranging from mental illness to sexuality to canny deconstructions of wit and society. He received particular acclaim for his 1996 film Ridicule, winning the admiration of an international audience while furthering his reputation as one of the French cinema’s most treasured figures.
A native Parisian, Leconte was born on November 12, 1947. He decided to be a filmmaker at a very young age, and went on to attend France’s most prestigious film school, I.D.H.E.C. During his education, constant visits to the Paris Cinémathèque aided in his understanding of cinematography culture. After graduating from I.D.H.E.C. in 1969, Leconte went against the cinematic grain… read more
Uber-black comedy from Leconte that takes him into the world of animation ala Burton or Selick. Starts off very strong with a Charles Addams or Tim Burton style aesthitic but slowly deflates during its short enough runtime. Songs lack power and for that fact subtlety. Voice casting is fine and animation top notch; it just fails to strike hard enough to register past an entertainment level. Frankly expected more.
I'd prefer to give it 3.5 stars. Gorgeous animation and perfect colours, lovely songs and a curious idea presented in a very Burtonesque style. In my opinion, the film is greatly underrated. The one only flaw is the ending, which seems weak and not as well-developed. Everything becomes a little unclear and the expected climax is ruined completely. Still a really fun, beautiful animated movie - a pleasure to watch.