A triumph: a film as endearing as it is moving [critique]

Kad Merad at his best and in tune with a bunch of amazing actors. Great popular cinema

We discovered Emmanuel Courcol director in 2016 with Cease fire. But before going behind the camera, he was an actor. And this is undoubtedly what prompted him to bring to the screen this story inspired by a true story lived by a Swede. That of a struggling actor who agrees to lead a theater workshop in a prison. Initially to make ends meet. But very quickly, he will have a double revelation: the talent – of which they are not aware – of those he directs and his pleasure in directing for the first time. And he decides to go up Waiting for Godot outside the walls by making sure to convince a reluctant prison hierarchy.

In particular co-produced by Dany Boon and Robert Guédiguian, A triumph manages to play with the story sewn with white thread that he falsely lets glimpse. And, in the central role, Kad Merad delivers a remarkable composition from start to finish, intense, precise, subtle. He does not miss his meeting with one of his most beautiful roles with the Paul Tellier of I’m fine don’t worry and Philippe Rickwaert from Black baron. He marries perfectly every contradiction of his character who, after having mourned his dreams of glory, uses this theatrical adventure as much as he serves those he directs. Kad Merad is in perfect harmony with the tone of the story and surrounded by a group of actors all more amazing than the others, starting with Sofian Khammes (The Cloud) whose rise to power is tremendous news for French cinema and Pierre Lottin, revealed by The Tuche.

Of Emmanuel Courcol. With Kad Merad, Sofian Khammes, Pierre Lottin… Duration: 1h46. Release September 1, 2021

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