Bright interior, dark outside. Two women, struggling against external hostility and internal demons. Playing with the mood of Alfred Hitchcock’s Trouble With Harry, Serge Bozon invites us in an exhilarating and recreational English crime comedy style.
After a 6-year wait for his follow-up to the wonderfully eccentric, tender WWI musical La France, director Serge Bozon returns in fine form with this burlesque detective film comedy starring oddball duo Isabelle Huppert and Sandrine Kiberlain, investigating racial tensions in a small French town.
The opening moments of TIP TOP constitute one of the most destabilizing interactions I have had w/ cinema in a very long time. Viewers of the film will appreciate the metaphor of the sledgehammer. Bozon isn't a wild anarchist who acknowledges no rules. He is rather a thoughtful anarchist who has devised a new set of rules. It's remarkable. He has as much of a personal system as does Ozu. TIP TOP is radically New.
I've written the script, but I can't decide what perversions to give you two. Let's spin the wheel and see what you get? First up, Sandrine. You're a voyeur! So French! Congratulations! Next up, Isabelle. Alors! Your perversion is violence. Yay! More violence against women! Best to approach it nonchalantly. By the way, did I mention that I don't have an ending?
At first, I’d like to express my great respect for a courageous challenge of Isabelle Huppert. This experimental slapstick-comedy seems to be unstable and wearying, but that expresses precisely true human feelings, I guess.
I remember watching a Chinese comedy at TIFF in a room mostly filled with Chinese. They were literally rolling on the floor with laughter. My companions and myself were completely clueless. This reminded me a lot of that time.