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232 Ratings

Tip Top

Directed by Serge Bozon
France, Belgium, 2013
Comedy, Thriller
  • French
  • English


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.

Our take

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.

Tip Top Directed by Serge Bozon

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2013 | Special Mention: SACD Prize (Directors' Fortnight)



Ending scenes with the abruptness of a judge bringing down his gavel and cutting from barely decipherable night shots to blinding white walls, Bozon keeps us in a state of anxious receptivity, a degree of attention amply rewarded by Tip Top’s complex layers of meaning and risqué pleasures.
January 06, 2015
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Tip Top, Bozon’s latest, upends categories: This sui generis policier audaciously balances slapstick with a fiercely intelligent probing of the still-knotty legacy of France’s colonialist past.
December 12, 2014
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Bozon delivers fast and whimsical wordplay (in French and Arabic), erotic misunderstandings, and pinball-sharp comic choreography, even while setting the action at France’s most conflict-riddled crossroads—the country’s transformation into a multicultural society.
December 08, 2014
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