CRITICISM – François Desagnat adapts with finesse the comic book author’s absurd graphic novel. Jean-Paul Rouve is perfect.
It took seven years of reflection before a director dared to tackle the adaptation of Fabcaro’s cult graphic novel, Zai zai zai zai.
This comic strip, which happily digs the furrow of “non-sensical” Monty Python-style humor, had the tenacious reputation of being unsuitable. And then here is François Desagnat (La Beuze, The 11 Commandments) takes over the project. At first glance, we fear the worst. We are wrong. With Jean-Paul Rouve, Julie Depardieu, Ramzy Bedia or Yolande Moreau, Desagnat sets off on an adventure “whistling up there on the hill”, as in the song by Joe Dassin, which gives its title to the work. The result is quite amazing. Funny, caustic, poetic, at times even surreal, Desagnat’s film surprises while remaining very faithful to the spirit of the original work.
For Fabrice, a married comedy actor and father of two, it all starts at the supermarket. During his checkout, the forty-something without any problem realizes that he has inadvertently left…