A meta-filmic rom-com suspended between reality and fiction.
An American actor with a questionable french accent, set to play a frenchman in a city that should be Paris, but it’s actually London. Fiction and reality mix in this “metalinguistic love story” where nothing we see is real… or is it? Director Danny Sagra works with the double nature of things: our protagonist is American, but he’s going to play Serge Gainsbourg, and he’s encountering some trouble managing his accent. The fact that the actor has followed in his father’s footsteps (and that the resemblance to Dustin Hoffman is uncanny) is yet another piece of this play on double-identity. It’s also not surprising that the waitress whom our protagonist falls for looks so much alike Jane Birkin (this feature will come in handy to the plot). Shot in black and white, with a pace and editing reminiscent of the 60s French cinema, this short film can be seen as an ironic tribute to the filmic institution as a whole. The director tells us: ‘Suspend your belief’, he wants to trigger the opposite process to that which is at the basis of the cinematic identification. Stop believing in what you see. Nothing is real, and here’s a clumsy American guy asked to impersonate one of the greatest womanizers ever. Except that, unlike Gainsbourg, our protagonist is totally lacking in charm, he doesn’t know how to approach women ( and his ears are too small! – as pointed out in a grotesque and funny costume – rehearsal). The only common feature they seem to share is their last name, as Faberge was Gainsbourg’s character in 1969’s Slogan. A sweet reflection on cinema, well acted and masterfully directed, that manages to be funny and smart all at once.
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