Playing Dead

Sunday, March 9

Director Jean-Paul Salomé in person! North American premiere

(Je fais le mort) In Jean-Paul Salomé’s seventh feature, the hilarious François Damiens plays Jean, a down-and-out and underemployed actor (not to mention a former César winner!) who, after years of playing tiny roles on canceled TV shows and starring in embarrassing commercials, takes a gig as a performer in a homicide reenactment “produced” by the police at a ski resort in the French Alps. Being an expert at unnecessarily complicating or otherwise ruining any situation in which he finds himself, Jean quickly gets in the way of the case’s chief investigator (Géraldine Nakache), sparking an antagonism-turned-romance as well as a suspenseful whodunit rich with twists, turns and amusing instances of Jean taking himself much too seriously. Filming the reenactment as though it were a movie shoot, Salomé slyly juxtaposes the worlds of forensics and filmmaking, and the result is a rare, uproarious murder mystery.

Additional screening Mar 14 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Part of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2014

  • Country France/Belgium
  • Rating NR
  • Running Time 104 minutes
  • Director Jean-Paul Salomé