35-year-old Adrien has always had communication issues. But tonight, it's a total disaster. His ex, to whom he sent a text message to try and reconnect, is not answering him. The family meal he is stuck at is a deadly trap, plagued by years of unspoken grudges. And now, his future brother-in-law asks him to prepare a “little” speech for the wedding day. In short, it’s hell. And it’s only going to get worse...
In tackling Fabrice Caro’s novel, Laurent Tirard was faced with the daunting challenge of adapting a story that takes place entirely in the head of its main character. This constraint forced the director to be especially creative in order to convey the protagonist’s metaphors, fantasies, flashbacks and other intimate thoughts. The result is an unusual style of directing that keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat throughout this film that takes place at a family dinner, almost behind closed doors.
Around the table we watch Benjamin Lavernhe, Julia Piaton, Sara Giraudeau, Kyan Khojandi, Guilaine Londez and François Morel, who are all convincing in their portrayal of this family that could be our own, with their subtle neuroses and inability to communicate.
This popular comedy and unique film d’auteur allows us to examine romantic disillusionment from a man’s point of view and reminds us that it’s never too late to tell each other the truth.