Genre: Drama, Comedy
               Retired butcher, motorcycle, Berlinale 2010, slaughterhouse

The Unruhestand of Pilardosse Serge

  At least the hair it produces Gérard Depardieu in mammoth may well take up with Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler. Hardly touches on the brawny butcher Serge Pilardosse its cover, long blonde hair falling to his shoulders, which seem to come as the whole man from another time. Just as his heavy machine, now seeming exotic motorcycle, a Münch Mammut 4 TTS 1200, in a genuine car engine was installed. Also similar to Serge’s cinematic kin, the wrestler from Darren Aronsofskys film of the same – both are relentlessly retro and caught in a time from which there is no escape. And both are actually reached the end of their “career”. While Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler but do not know when it is time to stop the work, Serge’s career is at the beginning of mammoth visible at the end. With sixty years now for him, concluded with a rather unkind farewell party, he is transported from the slaughterhouse and in addition (of course, deserved or not) into it. As the wife of the giant of not just enthusiasm – provides the prospect of their rumlungern Serge from now on every day at his home to have her is obviously less pleasant.

What a blessing that the ex- butcher for his pension still some missing certificates from previous employers. And so Serge swings on his machine and do go on the hunt for the missing papers. What at first sounds is brittle, in the course of the journey as enjoyable as a bizarre odyssey through the past gigs and experienced traumas that meet the Knight of the massive figure unexpectedly again.

Ironically, the last film of this year rather mediocre Berlinale competition but then compensated for some of disappointed hopes, and many films with which one would not be quite warm. Right at the beginning of the new film by Benoît and Gustave de Delépine Kervern (Louise hires a Contract Killer) is clear that this traditional narrative forms are neatly brushed against the grain. Added to grobkrönigen and shaky 16mm footage of a motorcycle ride to come to the title giver machine that materialize only in the course of the sequence by their texture and the vibrations from the abstract into concrete forms and contexts – an aesthetic trick that quite well in the narrative style of the film finds its equivalent.

You never know exactly what is next. Even if one sees through this principle of permanent surprise once, has succeeded Delépine Benoît and Gustave de Kervern yet to kreiern from one scene to the next well-remember-how memorable phrases that amaze and astound. , Which led, for example, like meeting with an old friend does not invest in a neat chat or a beer at the old times, but in a bizarre sex scene in which to try the two old men, each with the other hand – which of course fails. Also funny how irritating is another remarkable scene that takes place during a dinner in a restaurant with typical representatives and other commercial travelers: Despite the impact on the world and the many eavesdroppers sobs here a man constantly in his mobile phone and assures his beloved daughter, as much he missed. It soon becomes clear that this man as the father of a complete zero and failed educationally at a young age his child’s hopeless.

With episodes like these oddball characters and gorgeous mammoth holds a remarkable balance between melancholy, absurdity and grim humor, is fun and you have in such a brilliant combinations not seen in a long time. A small pearl, which some dare and yet almost all wins. So much courage, originality and style will look at this year’s Berlinale had to at least rare. Not only because we must hope that a German distributor of this film takes. Although likely to be full because of its mammoth dirty looks and his story is not a too obstinate audience in Germany – a dedicated fan community is likely that this wonderfully quirky film earn quite respectable.

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: mammoth Country of production: France Production year: 2010 Length: 90 (Min.)

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