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.
Animation , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts
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Bernard Alane
as Mishima
Isabelle Spade
as Lucrèce
Isabelle Giami
as Marilyn
Eric Metayer
as Le Psy / Le SDF
Jacque Mathou
as Monsieur Calmel/Monsieur Dead for Two, Monsieur Dead for Two
Urbain Cancelier
as Le gynécologue
Pascal Parmentier
as Le prof de gym
Edouard Prétet
as Le désespéré
Jean-Paul Comart
as Le suicidaire du pont
Annick Alane
as La petite dame âgée
Nathalie Perrot
as Little Woman
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Critic Reviews for Le magasin des suicides (The Suicide Shop)

All Critics (7) | 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 29, 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 9, 2012
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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.

Alice Persson
Alice Persson

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
Carlos Magalhães

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