Dépression et des potes (2012)



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Franck has everything he could want to be happy - a pretty Brazilian girlfriend, an interesting job... And yet, whilst holidaying in Mauritius, he becomes depressed. On his return to Paris, he consults a doctor and discovers he is suffering from depression. When they learn of this, Franck's friends rally round to try to help him, but they soon discover that they too are all depressed...
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Film Review

There was an irresistible ebullient charm to Arnaud Lemort's first film L'Amour, c'est mieux à deux (2010) (co-directed with Dominique Farrugia) which is singularly lacking in his second. Dépression et des potes is a lazy attempt at an American-style comedy that looks suspiciously like a half-hearted attempt to clamber aboard the 'buddy movie' bandwagon that has taken off in France in the wake of Marc Esposito's Le Coeur des hommes (2003). Lemort's debut feature may have been impaired by some misfired gags and an obvious lack of directorial competence but at least it was enthusiastically performed by a likeable cast and had a ring of truth about it. Its successor is little more than a low grade television movie that looks as if it was cobbled together in someone's lunchbreak.

Given the pedigree of the cast it's surprising how flat and unfunny the film is. Fred Testot, a talented, very amiable stand-up comedian and comic actor, ought to be in his element, but he is as ill-served by the trite script as his three on-screen buddies, Jonathan Lambert, Arié Elmaleh and Ary Abittan. All of the characters are dull, overly familiar archetypes, and it's hard to miss the malodorous whiff of misogynism that hangs over the proceedings. Admittedly, the few worthwhile gags that punctuate this lame commentary on modern living are well fielded but these are just too few and far between to make the film worth watching. If you weren't depressed before you started watching this derivative, trashy plod-a-thon you will be by the time the end credits roll.
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Film Credits

  • Director: Arnaud Lemort
  • Script: Arnaud Lemort
  • Cinematographer: Eric Guichard
  • Cast: Fred Testot (Franck), Jonathan Lambert (William), Arié Elmaleh (Benoît), Ary Abittan (Romain), Laurence Arné (Laura), Gyselle Soares (Talia), Charlie Bruneau (Isabelle), Anne Depétrini (Julie), Emmanuel Reichenbach (Marc), Ginnie Watson (Ruth), Jonathan Cohen (Professeur de yoga), Philippe Lelièvre (Médecin du travail), Chantal Neuwirth (Mme Vauthier), Joseph Malerba (Serge), Eric Godon (Le père de Romain), Attica Guedj (La mère de Romain), Stella Rocha (L'amie travesti), Salvatore Ingoglia (Le comédien de doublage), Michael Gregorio (Un comédien de doublage), Gauthier de la Touche (Un comédien de doublage), Cédric Lepers (Un comédien de doublage), Laurent Le Doyen (Un comédien de doublage), Tin-Tin (Le tatoueur), Pierre Lemort (Flic 1), Emmanuel Becour (Flic 2)
  • Editor: Nicolas Trembasiewicz
  • Producer: Dominique Brunner, Dominique Farrugia
  • Production company: Few, StudioCanal, France 2 Cinéma, Canal+, Ciné+, France Télévision, A Plus Image 3
  • Country: France
  • Language: French / Portuguese / English
  • Support: Color
  • Runtime: 95 min

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