Le magasin des suicides (The Suicide Shop) (2012)
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Patrice Leconte adapts Jean Teulé's darkly comic 2007 novel into a animated musical concerning a young child with a sunny disposition born into a family that thrives on the misery of others. Since 1854, the Tuvache family has owned a small shop catering to the suicidal impulses of its depressed clientele. A walk down the shadowy isles of this morbid boutique reveals a dazzling variety of instruments with which weary shoppers can end their suffering. When pessimistic proprietor Mishima and his
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Too grisly for kids, or at least their ticket-buying parents. At the same time, the bouncy musical numbers with their contorted rhymes are unlikely to be embraced by any self-respecting Goth teen.
The animation is great, in its stark, mostly monochromatic way, but the music merely serviceable.
The ever-diverse Patrice Leconte has made an original, darkly humorous animation about a store assisting suicidals.
After the success of the irreverent The Book of Mormon, this would be a natural for the stage-Broadway would be so lucky.
This is a film of two halves, with the half involving sweetness and light muddled and limp in comparison to its tougher, more sinister flipside, while the ending is almost unforgivably trite.
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