Mandibles: The BRWC Review

Mandibles: The BRWC Review

“Mandibles” is a film by Quentin Dupieux that had its world premiere at the 77th Venice International Film Festival, and was released in French theaters on May 19, 2021. 

Quentin Dupieux also known as Mr.Oizo for his musical career is a French director, screenwriter and musician. He is known for his particular universe and the omnipresence of the absurd in his films, to get an idea, we find as main character a serial killer tire in “Rubber” (2010) one of his first films. He is also known for his attachment to take care of the various aspects of his films, direction, writing, photography, music and editing. 

This use of the absurd has earned him the appearance of fervent admirers who totally adhere to his universe, but also of people who are less receptive to his universe and who feel a certain rejection for his work. After a man possessed by his coat in “Deerskin” (2019) and the resolution of a police investigation in “Keep An Eye out” (2018) Quentin Dupieux returns for a third film in three years with “Mandibles”.

“Two simple-minded friends discover a giant fly in the trunk of a car and decided to earn money with it.  

The role of these two simple-minded friends is played by the comedy duo Gregoire Ludig and David Marsais, who have made themselves known on Youtube a few years ago with the Palmashow. The duo then burst onto the silver screen in several French comedy films including a few headliners like in “The Crazy Story of Max and Leon”, (2016). Recently, they made a really quick appearance in Albert Dupontel’s “Bye Bye Morons”.

Manu (Grégoire Ludig) and Jean-Gab (David Marsais) will face a fantastic event, the appearance of a giant fly. This strange event, coupled with their “light” vision of life and their desire to make money will lead them to make various meetings. Their ultimate goal is to train the fly so that it can bring them money. The main interest of the film is the confrontation between the simple minds of Manu and Jean-Gab and the reality through a well-paced road movie.

The bond of friendship that unites the actors of the two main characters in real life can be felt, we witness a real complicity that works very well on screen and allows us to fully enter in the story of these two simple guys.

“Mandibles” remains one of the most accessible films of Quentin Dupieux, without moving away from his offbeat universe. We find a linear story, rather coherent despite the appearance of the giant fly and the writing of some characters that may confuse some. In particular the character of Agnès, played by Adèle Exarchopoulos. The humor, coming mainly from hazardous situations and surprising reactions from the characters, works very well.

Quentin Dupieux will return soon with a new film “Strange but True” in which we will find French actors such as Alain Chabat, Léa Drucker and the very promising Anais Demoutiser. 

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