La Grande Bouffe (Blow-Out) (Blow Out) (1973)

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While aficianados of black Gallic humor willl find this film a feast, those unused to the earthiness of some French comedy will find this chronicle of the decadent suicides of four successful middle-aged men utterly tasteless. Bored with their routine lives, the quartet decide to lock themselves in a Parisian village and end their lives with an orgy of gluttony, wanton sex and general hedonism not seen since the fall of Rome.
Rating:
NC17
Genre:
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Mara Films

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Cast

Philippe Noiret
as Philippe
Monique Chaumette
as Madeleine
Solange Blondeau
as Danielle
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Critic Reviews for La Grande Bouffe (Blow-Out) (Blow Out)

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

As La Grande Bouffe trudges between scenes of culinary and sexual excess with grim determination, it becomes impossible to care who's stuffing what in where.

Full Review… | June 29, 2015
Time Out
Top Critic

Sade's 120 Days of Sodom reworked, with few of the resonances and none of the rigour of Pasolini's Saló.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

La Grande Bouffe didn't leave me so much excited as exhausted.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The corrosive, nihilistic ugliness of excessive wealth and consumer culture has never been quite so damningly exposed.

Full Review… | September 1, 2015
The Skinny

Another benchmark of quasi-satirical "endurance" cinema has been re-restored for home video, presumably for a new generation of thrill-seeking cinephiles. Let the debate and revulsion begin anew.

Full Review… | August 20, 2015
Slant Magazine

This is not a picture for bulimics or the obese; nor is it as subversively funny as it might have been. Nevertheless, there are some great scenes ...

Full Review… | July 2, 2015
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for La Grande Bouffe (Blow-Out) (Blow Out)

½

"La Grande Bouffe" ("The Big Feast") is grandly overlong, considering it devotes 130 minutes to what amounts to a one-line plot (four men set out to eat themselves to death). This strange Marco Ferreri project gets labeled a black comedy, but where are the laughs? Beyond some spectacular fart jokes (the sound effects are strikingly realistic), this is a film centered on discomfort rather than humor. Certainly, the cast isn't the problem. The esteemed Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret and Ugo Tognazzi play, respectively, a pilot, a TV host, a judge and a chef who meet one weekend at a country estate. But their cheerful getaway seems more and more peculiar, once time passes and we realize that the gang just never stops eating. Endless consumption of presented gourmet dishes accounts for most of the movie. So, unless you're keen to spend two hours watching some fine actors gnaw on every sort of greasy, gloppy, sticky food imaginable (do bread or vegetables appear onscreen at all?), expect to become reacquainted with your gag reflex. Even the sex scenes (naturally, the guys hire some female companions) are mechanical and unappealing. The film's repulsion factor would be more forgivable if the characterizations were solid. But these also disappoint. Little explanation is offered for the suicidal bent of these otherwise successful men. Their interest in prostitutes and free love suggests a parallel between their sexual and gastronomic appetites, but the script doesn't dig beyond this idea's surface. Luis Bunuel could have done better.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

Dark and grotesque, just like Ferreri.

Stefanie C
Stefanie C

Super Reviewer

½

Four men, one of whom is a master chef, check into a villa and resolve to eat themselves to death. It's THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL meets LEAVING LAS VEGAS. Grotesque but oddly compelling, thanks to a dream cast including Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Picolli and Philippe Noiret.

Greg S
Greg S

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