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A fans- and detractors-only affair. At its worst, it feels like a highbrow transgressive-celebrity-cameo skit.
Hilarious, full of humor that is understated, wry and dependent on familiarity with interests as wide as Houellebecq's own.
This is pretty much the opposite of a contemporary American comedy: rather than broad, "The Kidnapping of Michel Houllebecq" is an exemplary example of narrow.
The Houellebecq we see on screen is obviously rooted as much in fiction as in fact, yet what makes his performance so fascinating is the mischievous glee he takes in sending up his own persona.
A divertingly eccentric, often comically absurd movie about a novelist ... who finds something like happiness after being abducted.
A playful blurring of fact and fiction.
... moves between fiction and documentary; between the density of drama and the lightness of comedy... [Full review in Spanish]
This is a very French film
The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq is on one hand a rather ingenious take on the artist documentary, on the other, a tabletop comedy of manners, closer to something by Gianni Di Gregorio or Hong Sang-soo than to Houellebecq's own work.
There's something undeniably comic about this combination of the cultivated and the infantile.
A most curious film. What follows is something like an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm with the volume turned down.
Extremely droll comedy about France's (if not the world's) most controversial novelist, who turns in a great job playing himself.
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