Bêtes Blondes / Blonde Animals (FR 2018, Maxime Matray, Alexia Walther)

FR 2018, R: Maxime Matray, Alexia Walther, A: Thomas Scimeca, Basile Meilleurat, Agathe Bonitzer, 101′, OV/English subtitles, DCP

As unknowingly as we are thrown into BLONDE ANIMALS, as confused protagonist Fabien stumbles through the story and his life. Abruptly, he wakes up in a forest. Picnickers return a borrowed screwdriver to him and invite him to a grill party. He accepts, steals their meticulously marinated salmon and flees into the thick woods, where the fish ends up in a hound’s belly. This charmingly odd opening sequence develops into an eccentric road movie, which is as unpredictable as the actions of protagonist Fabien. Fabien is a former sit com star whose short term memory only operates on alcohol. The film hardly cares about the question of what defines human existence if you subtract its memory. It takes Fabien’s restrictions – additionally to the weakness of memory comes a loss of gustatory taste – as a comical engine to push the plot forward. The storyline consists of sensual and absurdly witty episodes which are occasionally set on the boundaries of good taste. Fabien meets his steady companion Yoni who he often fails to remember. Yoni is said to have indirectly caused his boyfriends death. At least the family of the decapitated suggests that while his funeral is being prepared. Together, Fabien and Yoni try to reach the laid-out one…

20 April, 10pm – UT Connewitz – € 6,5 (5,5 red.)