Le magasin des suicides (The Suicide Shop) Reviews
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.
Possibly set in Paris (as Eiffel Tower is referred in the song). The city is plagued with gloominess and murkiness - there is feel of an apocalyptic surroundings - it seems some of these people find 'smile' or 'laughter' a cardinal sin. City government has imposed fine on committing suicide in public (if the suicide goes successful the victim's family has to pay fine, if any). In all this turmoil 'Le Magasin des Suicide' run by Tuvache family since 1854 - their mottos are "You failed in your life - succeed in your death" or "Killing is our pride and joy". Tuvache family who consists of husband, pregnant-wife and their teenage kids (daughter and son). They do not greet you by saying 'good-morning' instead they stress upon 'bad-morning', or instead of 'see you', 'goodbye'. Wishing. They are keenly trading in tight ropes - poison that instantly kills you and sharp swords for hara-kiri (Seppuku) for gym-masters and more. ....BUT something miraculous happens they did not expect. A newly born baby son to them seems to defy their rules and challenge their business.
Patrice Leconte has touched on sensitive and delicate subject, a subject that is part of our society where we seem to notice too many untimely deaths around us. Victims who are depressed due to domestic-issues, failure in life - or in case like that in Pakistan, most suicides occur among the youths who have been without the jobs. There is no pre-consultancy for this type of disease, most of the times we see it written on the faces of people around us. There are plenty of jokes and hilarious scenes - brief nudity and death scenes too.