A besuited stranger (Albert Dupontel) pitches up at the remote country villa of alcoholic novelist Charles Faulque (Jean Dujardin) and announces himself as the writer’s cancer, adding that his victim only has a few months to live.
However, the interloper can only be seen by Charles and those who truly love him, including his faithful, sexually frustrated housekeeper Louisa (Anne Alvaro).
Written and directed by veteran French provocateur Bertrand Blier (Trop Belle Pour Toi), this self-referential black comedy about terminal illness doesn’t always blend its farcical and tender elements with success.
Yet despite the theatrical execution, it’s winningly acted, while Blier provides a typically defiant resolution for his transgressive lovers.
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