Un petit boulot (Odd job)

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You can call me a cynic. Go ahead , I don’t care. So you can believe me when I tell you that I have fun watching black comedies like Un petit boulot. Jacques (Romain Duris) finds himself unemployed when the factory where he was working closes. Such is the reality in many small cities around the world. As a result, Jacques is crippled with debts and his wife leaves him, and there is no jobs in sight. That’s when local bookie Gardot (Michel Blanc) comes in. Gardot proposes that Jacques kill his wife. In return Gardot will clear the gambling debt Jacques has amassed. Jacques agrees to kill Gardot’s wife, but when the job is done, Jacques finds another person to eliminate. Or Gardot comes with more hit jobs for Jacques. Michel Blanc co-authored the screenplay, and gave himself a good portion of the funny lines. Blanc and Duris are very good, but Alex Lutz is better in a small part. He plays a store manager from hell. Lutz is so good being an a-hole that we feel like kicking him in the crotch. The cynic in me could have enjoyed it all if they did not mess it up with a thing called romanticism. But I still had a good time.

You should know… Director Pascal Chaumeil (1961 – 2015) died from cancer while in post-production. Un petit boulot was his fourth film.

Rémi-Serge Gratton

 

Un petit boulot (Odd job)

 

Directed by:

Pascal Chaumeil

 

Screenplay by:

Franz Bartelt

Michel Blanc

Based on the novel Since the layoffs by Iain Levison

 

Starring:

Romain Duris

Michel Blanc

Alice Belaïdi

Gustave Kerven

Alex Lutz

 

100 min.

Rated 14A

In French with English subtitles.

 

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