The author Michel Houellebecq (playing himself) is abducted by three amateur kidnappers who bungle their efforts from start to finish. Inspired by the rumours that circulated on the internet when the writer gave no signs of life during a promotional tour in 2011.
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The synopsis is inadequate: the film is not about bunglers, it's about authenticity of purpose. Pure candid nihilistic revelations. More true than any fiction, or glossy violent parody, this film represents a space where loss converges to recreate innocence.
There were quite a few low-star reviews when it was first added, so I didn't have much hope for it. I was taken back with how fresh it was. The "friendly kidnapper" trope can be tired, but Houellebecq pulled it off. I'll definitely be checking out some of his books.
What a wonderfully funny little film. Completely unexpected. I want to watch it again. Throughout I kept thinking, "My Dinner with Andre" only Andre has been kidnapped by a family that's only a few evolutionary steps up from John Water's cast from "Pink Flamingos".
Subtly at its best. A whole movie that runs one joke and never lets it get boring. I’m still wrapping my head around the fantastic realism of this film. The film is as engaging and intriguing as its protagonist Michel Houellebecq (who plays himself) this film is a reminder for where creativity alone can get you.