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The Glorious Acceptance of Nicolas Chauvin

Le discours d'acceptation glorieux de Nicolas Chauvin

Directed by Benjamin Crotty
France, 2018
Short, Comedy
  • French
  • English

Synopsis

During his acceptance speech for a lifetime achievement award, Nicolas Chauvin—a farmer-soldier, a veteran of the Revolutionary Army and the Napoleonic Wars, “father” of the chauvinism that bears his name—embarks on a monologue and recounts his life story.

Our take

From maverick American artist Benjamin Crotty comes this utterly original short, gorgeously shot by 16mm extraordinaire Sean Price Williams (Good Time, Listen Up Philip). At only 26 minutes, this film is clever, silly, hilarious, bizarre… and politically on point.

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Critics reviews

It garnered inevitable comparisons to Monty Python, but expatriate Yank Crotty’s comic stylings are more rooted in the humor of his native USA, with Chauvin’s mixture of bitterness and self-aggrandizement coming off as something in the spirit of a Borscht Belt lifer.
August 15, 2018
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While the film’s desire, originating in Cohen’s text, to satirize contemporary right-wing nationalism, xenophobia, fake news, conspiracy theories and other cultural conservatism in France (as well as America, Crotty’s country of birth) is very obvious, this screwy political lark is never less than enjoyable for it.
August 06, 2018
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