My Dog Stupid is a new-made comedy about awesomely honest relations between grown-up children and their parents. In a film by Yvan Attal about a cynic writer and his family, you can find not only an eccentric Mastiff, but also jokes about baby boomers and millennials, responsibility and search for self-identity. A dark French comedy based on the bestseller West of Rome by John Fante will be screened only at Falcon Club Cinema Boutique from February 27 to March 11.
Henri, a writer, is experiencing almost all possible crises at the same time: no inspiration to work, bad relations with wife and misunderstandings with grown-up children. However, the moment he starts a lilting friendship with an arrogant homeless dog, there appears a chance to start all over again.
For Yvan Attal My Dog Stupid has become the culminating picture in his trilogy about family relations. In 2001, he shot My Wife Is an Actress, and in 2004 Happily Ever After was released.
I am still interested in topics devoted to married couples, complexities of life together and the risk of setback in relations,” Yvan Attal tells. “When you have children, you have a right to love them, and sometimes even the right to hate them! I think, it’s a good incentive for a black comedy. The feeling they are stealing your life is shameful, but very humane. I’m really interested in these unusual, inappropriate, but soul-stirring emotions.
Yvan Attal (Rapt, Love Without Pity), the director of the movie, also played the leading role in the film. “I wondered whether I want to give the role of Henri to some other actor, but later I clearly realized that I really want to play it myself, together with Charlotte Gainsbourg. While playing this couple, we deal with our past in cinema, with all this stuff people read about celebrities in glossy magazines, with facts people think they know.” Cecile – a woman, tired from marriage with lazy and selfish writer – is played by Charlotte Gainsbourg (Antichrist, Nymphomaniac, Season’s Beatings). Gainsbourg is the winner of Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award (Antichrist), the César Award, and a nominee for the Saturn Award.
“Attal devotes all his passion to every scene of the film that makes it a bit embarrassing to look at this stripping. Other people’s misery can inspire only in the beginning, losers always die when the hall is empty. But their lyrical heroes die amid standing ovation, and the hard-won movie by Attal definitely devotes it,” the film critic Zinaida Pronchenko writes from “KinoTV”. “A comedy by Yvan Attal is an accurate and bright work made with soul and with understanding of the main hero,” CoolConnections underlines.