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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 depressive wife give birth to a baby boy named Alan, they're overjoyed at the thought that he will be just as miserable as his somber siblings. But Alan isn't like the others; bright-eyed and energetic, he's a ghastly ray of sunshine in their cherished world of grey skies. Not even the carcinogenic cigarettes enthusiastically bestowed to Alan by his concerned father are enough to snap the cheerful child out of his optimistic slump. Realizing that the very future of their enduring family business may be threatened by the beaming boy, the Tuvache's soon resort to desperate measures in their efforts to keep the misery alive.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Animation, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
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Written By: Jean Teulé, Patrice Leconte
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Pierre-François Mart...
as Le Joli Garçon
Eric Metayer
as Le Psy / Le SDF
Jacque Mathou
as Monsieur Calmel/Mons...
Urbain Cancelier
as Gynecologist/Neurast...
Pascal Parmentier
as Uncle Dom, Uncle Dom...
Edouard Prétet
as Desperate Man
Jean-Paul Comart
as Rescuer/Suicide on B...
Annick Alane
as Little Old Woman/Lit...
Juliette Poissonnier
as The Wife, The Wife/M...
Philippe Du Janerand
as Febrile Typle/Husban...
Nathalie Perrot
as Little Woman
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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

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.

Full Review… | November 30, 2012
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The animation is great, in its stark, mostly monochromatic way, but the music merely serviceable.

Full Review… | November 29, 2012
Toronto Star
Top Critic

The ever-diverse Patrice Leconte has made an original, darkly humorous animation about a store assisting suicidals.

Full Review… | March 12, 2013

After the success of the irreverent The Book of Mormon, this would be a natural for the stage-Broadway would be so lucky.

Full Review… | March 7, 2013

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.

Full Review… | November 22, 2012
Eye for Film

An exceedingly off-the-wall animated endeavor...

Full Review… | September 10, 2012
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Leconte seems unsure about the tone of the story, mixing playful musical numbers with a morbid, gloomy subject that is definitely not for children. At the end, what we are left with is a disappointing animation that is too dark for kids and too silly and optimistic for adults.

Carlos Magalhães

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