The Players (Les infidèles) (2012)
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At once moving and mortifying, it carries the distinctly un-Gallic scent of the best episodes of 'The Office'.
Never much more than an extended sketch comedy whose longer segments tend to wear out their welcome.
The shallowness of people who live this way is as dispiriting as the action is meant to be titillating.
While there's undeniably a streak of misogyny at its center by virtue of its flippantly unfaithful characters, there's also a healthy dose of equal contempt for them...
While not quite funny enough to cut it as pure comedy, nor emotionally probing enough to be a great drama, The Players is still a pleasingly frank and, at times, guiltily daft take on a very sticky subject.
I was forced to wonder: were the talkies really invented so we could listen to Dujardin beating off in a lonely motel room?
A largely unfunny, deeply misogynistic and occasionally embarrassingly poor taste comedy.
Stick out the glaringly unfunny prologue and you'll see the former George Valentin come good, with Dujardin and co-star Gilles Lellouche assuming a series of roles that see past the sex and explore men's impulse to cheat.
If The Players achieves little else, it proves that Dujardin can extend his range well beyond the boulevard smirk and the Brylcreemed charm.
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