CRITICISM – After the militant melodrama El Estudiante and the psycho-political thriller The President, Argentinian Santiago Miter returns with a gritty black comedy in French. Melvil Poupaud is irresistible as a neighbor as funny as it is irritating.
He’s the most troublesome neighbor you can imagine. Melvil Poupaud must have had a lot of fun portraying this undrinkable character… as funny as it is unbearable. A lover of jazz, good wines, giver of lessons on all occasions, this Jean-Claude is also the major asset of Little Flowera black comedy, gritty at will, which hides its game well.
Santiago Miter’s film begins piano piano, recounting in the most realistic way possible, the odyssey of José (Daniel Hendler, whose impassiveness will be praised). This young Argentinian cartoonist has fallen in love with a French girl (lively Vimala Pons). The couple moved to Clermont-Ferrand, where the happy father of a baby named Antoinette landed a well-paid job. This happiness will be short-lived. The designer is fired illico. His wife saves the situation by getting a job in a regional daily. As for the hero, he discovers the joys of neighborhood life. Having become a housewife, he walks his daughter in a stroller…