Return of the Hero (Le retour du héros) 15


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DIRECTOR Laurent Tirard
CAST Jean Dujardin, Mélanie Laurent, Noémie Merlant, Christophe Montenez

Jean Dujardin (The Artist) and Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) star in this madcap comedy romp set in early-19th-century France.

In this glorious comic romp set in early-19th-century France, the ever-amusing Jean Dujardin (The Artist) plays swashbuckling swindler Captain Neuville, engaged to aristocratic Pauline. Called to fight in Napoleon’s wars, he promises to write to his beloved every day, but months go by without a word and Pauline falls into despair. Her resourceful sister Elisabeth (Mélanie Laurent) starts forging letters from Neuville to Pauline, which works well until the so-called hero returns and the pair are caught up in their respective lies.
(2018 France / Belgium 87 mins Subtitled)

Full to the brim with Gallic charm, it’s an engaging and likeable farce that has unexpected emotional depth … With a perpetual twinkle in his eye and that dazzling smile, Dujardin turns the charm up to eleven as Neuville, generating strong, sparky chemistry with Laurent in the process and effortlessly winning over the audience … Tirard’s control of the material is assured throughout as he delivers a series of very funny visual and verbal gags with impressive comic timing, knowing just when to pull back if things are heading over the top.  Allan Hunter, The List

Language: French

BBFC advice: Contains moderate sex and sex references
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