News From Planet Mars

Directed by: Dominik Moll
France | 101 minutes
Screenings
Programmes
Sunday 2nd Oct 18:30
VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 4
It's hard not to laugh when mild-mannered IT worker Philippe Mars, in a wonderfully restrained performance by François Damiens, tells the apparition of his dead parents that he's "just a bit overwhelmed". Stifled by his droll existence and swamped by the curious cast of difficult characters that populate the world around him - be it his prickly overachiever daughter, newly vegetarian son, self-involved artist sister, TV presenter ex-wife, or neighbour who is mentally stuck in the 1970s - Phillipe's life is thrown from its steady, stale orbit when it's gatecrashed by a Manic Pixie Nightmare Houseguest in the form of unhinged colleague Jérôme. Director Dominik Moll and long-term co-writer Gilles Marchand prove they have a knack for dark comedy with a sharp-as-a-tack script oozing with deadpan humour, charm and surrealist imagery. An offbeat mid-life crisis comedy with a manic-bromance twist, News From Planet Mars owes much of its success to its stellar cast, who deliver faultless performances from a bizarre and eccentric script that in the hands of other actors might easily slip into the realm of farce.
Runtime
101
Cast
François Damiens
Vincent Macaigne
Country
France
Director(s)
Dominik Moll
Writer(s)
Dominik Moll
Gilles Marchand
Producer(s)
Michel Saint-Jean
Screening Status
UK Premiere
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