Problemos: the pandemic Eric Judor version

An absurd unfinished green fable, but which nevertheless exudes a pleasant scent of anarchy, to (re) see this evening on C8.

Update of June 14, 2022: Rather shunned by the public when it was released in theaters in 2017, Problems has since (almost) earned its cult comedy stripes. Five years later, this Zadist story caught in the middle of a global pandemic, rebroadcast this evening on television, has taken on new meaning following the global Covid-19 epidemic and has notably experienced renewed interest during its broadcast on Netflix.

Eric Judor: “Our job is to give people humorous punches”

Article of May 9, 2017: There is in this title, Problems, like a kind of I don’t care, of cobbled together side which defines rather well the film, portrait of a community zadist established in open country and fighting against the construction of a water park. Like its protagonists, dressed like bags and with greasy hair, the staging does not show any particular effort: the photo and the cutting are nicely lazy. Yes, but there is Judor. Judor, the brat in an adult body. Capable, like Jerry Lewis, of twisting reality, twisting it with its regressive humor and occasionally masking the culpable weaknesses of the artistic direction.

Without too many problems

Judor, therefore. Both conductor and soloist, surrounded by strangers and complementary actors, who does not give himself the good role of a father obsessed with routine (irony) and with young girls. Who struggles, for an hour and a half, against his scattering and libidinous impulses, giving Problems looks like great pinched comedy, quite far from the expected burlesque and trashy fireworks, despite some formidable projections – the teenager who confuses “sandwich bread” and “pandemic” in his virtual news feed, the kid nicknamed “ the child” so as not to stigmatize him. Doesn’t the incredible last shot, which comes like a hair in the soup, testify to an extinguished will to go towards something much more radical? This Problems hidden, however, remains to be fantasized.

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