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|Originaltitel:||Une heure de tranquillité|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 79 min.|
|FSK:||From 0 years|
Michel Leproux (Christian Clavier), successful dentist and passionate jazz lover, can hardly believe his eyes when he finds a rare record at the flea market that he has been looking for for so long. A day can't begin any better than this. Michel now has only one wish: he wants to retire to the salon of his apartment and relax and listen to the great sounds of Neil Youart. Too bad that the young moonlighter Léo (Arnaud Henriet) wants to start rebuilding Michael's study today and has to tear down the partitions loudly. Moreover, Michael's wife Carole Bouquet seems to be completely off the reservation, his lover Elsa (Valérie Bonneton) tries to call him all the time, his obtrusive neighbour Pavel (Stéphane de Groodt) wants to get him excited about today's neighbourhood party and his son Sébastien (Sébastien Castro) is also snowing by now to make himself comfortable in the salon. The whole world seems to have conspired against Michel - but he only wants one hour of rest!
Based on the play of the same name by Florian Zeller, "Nur ein Stunde Ruhe!" offers French comedy food of the very conventional kind. Director Patrice Leconte, who has worked with Christian Clavier on several occasions in the past, knows very well how to put the comedic talents of his leading actor in the right light. With a pinch of slapstick and many witty battles, Leconte gradually deconstructs the seemingly perfect image of the wealthy dentist who can be regarded as the embodiment of the French bourgeoisie. But even if Leconte spices up his comedy with some social criticism and touches on the problems of migrants and refugees, every depth of content is covered by wild gestures and hectic chatter.
No question as to how Michel is driven ever closer to the brink of a nervous breakdown makes Christian Clavier with his constantly derailing facial expressions an enjoyable joke. However, for some viewers this could be clouded by the fact that the characters are actually all not very likeable and that the chaos in Michael's apartment seems to be constructed in a bad way. The comedy lacks the charm that made Clavier's last movie "Monsieur Claude und seine Töchter" so successful despite similarly turbulent conditions. "Only one hour of silence" has some really funny moments, but at the same time you wish after 40 minutes at the latest that the movie title will finally become reality.
Who likes French comedy food of a particularly turbulent kind will be entertained here for sure. But for those for whom chaos, hectic pace and slapstick are not the only good comedy, hearty laughter could often be replaced by annoyed twisting of the eyes. And that's why there are only a few restrictions: Worth seeing!
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