The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq Reviews

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August 19, 2020
A true delicacy for cinephiles and intellectuals.
December 12, 2017
... moves between fiction and documentary; between the density of drama and the lightness of comedy... [Full review in Spanish]
August 21, 2017
This is a very French film
December 7, 2015
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.
June 5, 2015
There's something undeniably comic about this combination of the cultivated and the infantile.
April 1, 2015
A most curious film. What follows is something like an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm with the volume turned down.
March 27, 2015
Extremely droll comedy about France's (if not the world's) most controversial novelist, who turns in a great job playing himself.
March 26, 2015
A fans- and detractors-only affair. At its worst, it feels like a highbrow transgressive-celebrity-cameo skit.
March 25, 2015
Hilarious, full of humor that is understated, wry and dependent on familiarity with interests as wide as Houellebecq's own.
March 25, 2015
At first, the movie is offbeat enough to be entertaining anyway; but like the title character, it quickly outstays its welcome.
March 25, 2015
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.
March 24, 2015
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.
March 24, 2015
A divertingly eccentric, often comically absurd movie about a novelist ... who finds something like happiness after being abducted.
March 23, 2015
A playful blurring of fact and fiction.
March 23, 2015
A slight, slyly amusing farce that could be described as a French intellectual's equivalent of Michael Winterbottom's Trip movies, by way of Michael Bay's Pain & Gain.
March 23, 2015
Even though the film takes on a more overtly fictive aesthetic after he's kidnapped, Michel Houellebecq's understated presence lends the proceedings a factual quality throughout.
March 23, 2015
A self-portrait in marginalia as well as a purposeful goof on the vigorous, menacing, mucky stuff of life outside the pristine precincts of art.
March 6, 2015
Guillaume Nicloux's hostage comedy features a prime slice of stunt casting that works like a charm
September 19, 2014
One of France's most famous novelists sportingly sends himself up in this comedy drama inspired by real-life events.
September 18, 2014
I hesitate to say it, but ... a star is born.
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