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Galas | Contemporary World Cinema | Panorama

Something is rotten in a sleepy French suburb, with the insidious internet solely to blame for the comic travails of three sad sack residents. Marie (Blanche Gardin) fears for her reputation when a one-night stand threatens to leak a sex tape of their humiliatingly kinky tryst. Meanwhile, milquetoast Bertrand (Denis Podalydès) must step up to some mean girls when his daughter is bullied online. Finally, Christine (Corinne Masiero) grows despondent as her ratings as an rideshare driver continue to plummet. Pushed to their respective limits and instilled with a collective Network-worthy rage, these "mad as hell" underdogs band together and conspire to bring their tech tormentors to their knees.

VIFF closes our first online festival with this uproarious satire from Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern that takes our reliance/resentment relationship with technology to absurd extremes. And yet, as wonderfully ridiculous as this quest becomes, it never escapes the bounds of relatability. Delépine and Kervern have captured a riotous, revealing selfie of the dysfunctional digital age we’re living in.

Silver Bear, Berlin 20

North American premiere
Director Icon Director
Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern

Blanche Gardin, Denis Podalydès, Corinne Masiero, Vincent Lacoste, Benoît Poelvoorde
Executive Producer Andreas Haberbeyer
Producer Sylvie Pialat, Benoît Quainon, Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern
Cinematographer Hugues Poulain
Editor Stéphane Elmadjian
Production Design Madphil
Production Company Les films du Worso, No Money Productions, France 3 Cinéma, Pictanovo, Scope Pictures
Source Mongrel Media Inc.
France/Belgium 2020 106 min. French with English subtitles Review | Review
  Please note that this is VIFF's Closing Gala film and will therefore only be available for streaming on October 7.



Please note that VIFF 2020 online films can be viewed in British Columbia only.

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