News item is still a big success in cinema. It is the turn of the writer Benoît Délépine to use it to play with the theme of organ thefts, a kidney here, in the movie Ablations by the director Arnold Parscau.
Pastor Cartalas (Denis Ménochet) wakes up in a wasteland, with no memory of the night before, a scar on his backside. A former mistress, Anna (Florence Thomassin), surgeon, tells him that someone has stolen his kidney…
An interesting starting point
So rather it is an interesting starting point, especially coming from an author, Benoît Délépine (Mammuth, Grand soir), who has accustomed us with his accomplice Gustave Kervern to embark us in a really unconventional world.
In addition, it is the first feature film of director Arnold Parscau, winner of the competition launched by David Lynch which offered users to direct the official videoclip of his song Good Day Today.
All these reasons make Ablations interessant to dissect more closely 🙂
The solid rock Denis Ménochet
Wonderful idea to take this solid rock that is Denis Ménochet (Inglourious Basterds, The Adopted) to describe this man who gradually can’t take anymore. For, a stolen kidney, you can not see it from the outside (a slight scar if the operation was a success) but inside, by contrast, it boils.
So when this big guy that is Pastor wakes up near a river the day after a night of drinking without remembering anything, we can imagine the worst.
A story that goes in circles
The story works really well when we stay in the footsteps of Pastor in search of those who did this to him. The interest decreases when with an alternating editing, we follow the couple formed by the former surgeon Wortz (Philippe Nahon) and his weird assistant (Yolande Moreau) who we’re guessing are the cause of what happened to Pastor.
Instead of becoming a sort of quest bringing the character to ask questions about himself, the film slows gradually down to pay more attention to the growing madness of the main character.
The story begins to go in circles and eventually lead to a resolution where the protagonist plays not really a part in it anymore.
A good little B-movie
But there still remains strange and funny situations as the encounter between Pastor and an ambiguous zoo vet (Philippe Rebbot) and successful unreal shots as this sequence of duplication at the edge of a swimming pool. The influence of Lynch is not very far.
Ablation is a good little B-movie to see for its uncanny.
To learn more:
- French release: 2014/07/16
- French distributor: Ad Vitam
Top 3 Cinema: "Blade Runner" (1982), "Breathless" (1960), "Casablanca" (1942)
Top 3 TV: "Spiral" (2005 -...), "The Wire" (2002-2008), "Twin Peaks" (1990-1991)