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|Originaltitel:||La chute de l'empire américain|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 128 Min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
The shy courier driver Pierre-Paul (Alexandre Landry) decides mainly with his head. That stands in the way of his personal happiness more than once. But one day that could bring him unexpected wealth. Because the inveterate opponent of capitalism witnesses a big robbery and accidentally comes into possession of the millionaire loot. But where to put all that money. While police and gangsters alike search for the money, Pierre-Paul tries to get the millions to safety with the help of financial genius Sylvain (Rémy Girard), who has just been released from prison. Also on board is the luxury call girl Aspasie alias Camille (Maripier Morin), with whom Pierre-Paul falls head over heels in love. But that's exactly what the police are bringing on his trail…
Oscar-winner Deny Arcand ("The Invasion of the Barbarians") once again presents "The Unexpected Charm of Money", a very multi-layered work that skilfully combines biting social criticism with subtle humour. The story, which is cleverly constructed at times, is supported by very interesting characters, whose development you like to watch. Especially that of Pierre-Paul, who can formulate his views - especially in relation to capitalism - very pompously. But in the face of sacks full of money or the beautiful Camille, his convictions collapse like a house of cards
He simply can't resist these temptations and could thus make blatant mistakes - if there weren't people who master the not exactly legal transfer of money to secure offshore accounts just as well as Pierre-Paul did the theory of his criticism of capitalism. The nervousness of the courier driver in his first encounter with the call girl creates very amusing moments through very direct humour, Arcand reveals in a later scene how masterly he can also deal with satire. If he reveals how easy it is - provided the necessary ruthless audacity is shown - to bring millions into "security", then you simply cannot resist a gloating grin.
With a running time of over two hours, "The unexpected charm of money" is a little too long. Also missing is the emotionality that had distinguished "The Invasion of the Barbarians". Nevertheless, Arcand's new film is also a great entertainment cinema, in which the intellect doesn't miss out either. A cleverly constructed crook comedy that looks at the dark sides of the financial world with humour, but also with dramaturgical depth. Very clear: Absolutely worth seeing!
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