It's totally nuts, I dunno what a subtitled or dubbed version in english would be like, but if you do speak french, just get this movie.
An abandonned child grows up in an orphanage, and becomes a complete nutcase who goes on a journey to find his parents... and Albert Dupontel (love him, can't help it ^^) plays the part perfectly, with Claude Perron giving a beautiful performance as the drug addicted slag.
Just get it, take the broomstick out of your *** for 90 minutes, and enjoy the ride :)
The most dangerous threat you would face on this planet is Bernie believing that you had something to do with it, and if you meet him, he eventually will convince himself it's the case. He will accuse anything and anyone, and he destroys all that he considers to be one of 'the others'. We also learn from him that a neurotic paranoid maniac who applies a systematic pre-defensive strike is even more dangerous when he's driven by a self-legitimate quest. The violence he endured growing up in the orphanage only added aggressiveness to his already disturbed mind making him destruction incarnated, but yet, this troubled man shows absolutely no mean intentions.
He has the conscience of an innocent and joyful child when he's reunited with his parents. Unfortunately and in order to be, a lot of sacrifices must be made... by absolutely everybody.
He's actually quite a nice guy, but he eventually comes up with some extreme methods. Thus, he will apologise before and after beating you up with his shovel and might just eat your pet to make you talk, but he'll feel bad for you and will replace it with an even better one.
(INITIATING SPOILER The most memorable scene would be when he finally discovers where his mother is 'being held hostage' (she is actually remarried): with the help of his even more neurotic father, they will storm the family's residence to 'rescue' her from these inhuman gangsters. SPOILER COMPLETE)
Albert Dupontel who writes and directs also offers an impressive performance that gives life to one of the most original and complex madman ever seen on screen, and Bernie dealing with the situation can become surprisingly laughable. He almost made it a Film Noir, but with a witty comedy material that makes of Bernie the undisputed king of dark humour.
If you are able to consider that such content can be turned into a comedy, well you're one of the lucky Bernie-compatible who can't afford to miss an original, unbelievable, must-see, comedy. Some will get bored and turn it off, some will be shocked, but others will experience authentic honest laughs.
French with subtitles... 16+ Contains strong adult material...18 Strongly advised
First viewing: 02.08.1999
Comédie noir. On adore Bernie ou on déteste. J'ai écoute ce film un vendredi soir à une présentation spécial de Artv. Je m'attendais absolument à rien. J'ai jamais rit autant. Les larmes au yeux. Bernie est un orphelin dans la vingtaine qui décide de quitter son orphelina pour retrouver ses parents. Il est completement fou, riche et innocent. Un film violent, pathétique et hors du commun.
laughed my brains out