Le magasin des suicides (The Suicide Shop) (2012)
Le magasin des suicides (The Suicide Shop) Photos
as Le Joli Garçon
as Le Psy / Le SDF
as Monsieur Calmel/Monsieur Dead for Two, Monsieur Dead for Two
as Le gynécologue
as Le prof de gym
as Le désespéré
as Le suicidaire du pont
as La petite dame âgée
as La femme
as Le mari
as Little Woman
Critic Reviews for Le magasin des suicides (The Suicide Shop)
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.
Audience Reviews for Le magasin des suicides (The Suicide Shop)
A wonderful animated film that dares to thread into that middle-ground where it's too dark for kids, and "too light for adults". In other words it's a great flick if you're bored but don't want to watch something heavy, or if you're an adult who's fan of regular cartoon shows. The art is beautiful, rich with details and character which greatly lend to the atmosphere. The soundtrack is equally good, and the songs, while not the most memorable, are still a cut above most movies. The plot is entertaining enough to keep you interested throughout the movie, and it got me both sad and outright laughing. However, the mood of the story has a tendency to jump around, one minute a character can be the embodiment of evil, the other you're supposed to feel sorry for them. Sometimes you're supposed to read the characters deeply like real people, the next you're back to cartoon antics. It's a bit jarring, and will definitely deter some people. Personally I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, I love movies which thread the tone between dark and comedy. The story has a good moral, and because it doesn't shy away from showing death (and nudity) the moral actually comes across strongly instead of being hammered down like in most shows. The visuals are absolutely gorgeous and huge inspiration or an artist like me.
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.
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