Fiction

Downsizing

Alexander Payne
USA 2017
135min
V'17

DOWNSIZING unveils a new side of director Alexander Payne that’s at once playful, spectacular, mischievous and audacious. The movie, a comedy about groups of miniaturized humans who live in tiny villages, all to save an overpopulated planet, is an outrageously matter-of-fact science-fiction fairy tale – a kind of live-action pixar movie on acid. It’s “Honey, I Shrunk the Adults” made by a deadpan social satirist. Soon we see how downsizing gets turned into a marketing bonanza. To become small is to become rich. The idea starts to look more and more appealing to Paul Safranek, a mild-mannered therapist and his wife, Audrey, who yearns to move into a bigger home, which they can’t afford, thanks to the bank’s income-to-mortgage-payment ratios. Payne touches the double nerve of our current economic jitters – the combination of shrinking paychecks and raw envy. But the audience knows that downsizing has to be a Faustian bargain. (Owen Gleiberman)

In the presence of Christoph Waltz.

Credits
  • Matt Damon - Paul
  • Kristen Wiig - Audrey
  • Christoph Waltz - Dusan Mirkovic
  • Hong Chau - Ngoc Lan Tran
  • Udo Kier - Konrad
  • Alexander Payne
  • Jim Taylor
  • Phedon Papamichael
  • Kevin Tent
  • Rolfe Kent
  • Stefania Cella
  • Wendy Chuck
Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures

Constantin Film
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