TRÈS BIEN, MERCI

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TRÈS BIEN, MERCI

Emanuelle Cuau
F, 2007
Fiction, 100min, OmdU

TRÈS BIEN, MERCI

Emanuelle Cuau
F, 2007
Fiction, 100min, OmdU

Cast: 
Gilbert Melki
Alex
Sandrine Kiberlain
Béatrice
Olivier Cruveiller
Landier
Christophe Odent
Alex' Vorgesetzter
Nathalie Akoun-Cruveiller
Ärztin
Frederic Pierrot
Assistenzarzt
Screenplay: 
Emanuelle Cuau
Agnès Caffin
Sound: 
Emanuel Soland
Camera: 
Bruno de Keyzer
Editor: 
Jackie Bastide
Decoration: 
Véronique Barneoud
Costume: 
Dorothée Lissac

Production: 
Gemini Films 34 blvd de Sébastopol 75004 Paris, Frankreich T 1 44 54 17 17 accueil@gemini-films.com
World Sales: 
Gemini Films 34 blvd de Sébastopol 75004 Paris, Frankreich T 1 44 54 17 17 accueil@gemini-films.com
Distribution in Austria: 
Stadtkino Filmverleih Spittelberggasse 3/3, 1070 Wien T 1 522 48 14, office@stadtkinowien.at
Format: 
35 mm
Color

When Parisian accountant Alex stumbles upon a routine identity check, he stops to watch. The police tell him to move along, but he insists on his right to do what he likes in public, a point of view that earns him a night in the cells. Still outraged in the morning, he is committed to a psychiatric clinic. Once in the system, how is he meant to get out? Très bien, merci is a portrait of the abuses of power in France. It is comic and horrifying by turns, as the drama contrasts Alex's experience with «normal» life as seen by his partner, Béatrice. A subtle, unsentimental political drama.
In its attention to pragmatic detail anchored in social realities, Très bien, merci could be read as a comic update of Hitchcock's The Wrong Man. Emanuelle Cuau deftly conveys the stigma of being considered guilty until proven innocent. What might qualify as «proof» is always a micron out of reach. (Lisa Nesselson)