a forced cohabitation neither of right nor of left


The new “Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern” arrived four days before the first round of the presidential election (April 10). And we laughed, with that ferocious laughter that cartoons in the satirical press sometimes trigger. Directors, who have never ceased to “crunch” French society on the side of its margins and its losers (Louise Michel, mammoth, I feel good), go to the other side of the mirror, this time chronicling political life in the Macronian era. So here is burlesque and schoolboy in the aptly named At the same timefrom the name of the expression widely used by Emmanuel Macron since 2017, aimed at reconciling opposing arguments (left and right), for a policy that “walks on two legs”.

Chick! Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern go further by imagining a duo that advances on… four legs. Two mayors from opposite sides, one from the environmentalist left, Pascal Molitor (Vincent Macaigne), the other from the uninhibited right, Didier Béquet (Jonathan Cohen), find themselves glued (one behind the other) to the outcome of a feminist action – led by a night bar hostess (diabolical India Hair), a “glue-girl” armed with her ultra-strong glue gun. The filmmakers give substance to a new political animal, a quadruped who must coordinate each of his steps to avoid falling: left, right, left, right!

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It all starts pretty much normally. One evening, on the eve of a crucial vote on a leisure park project, Didier Béquet makes an appointment with Pascal Molitor: the right-wing mayor wants to convince the bearded ecologist to support this job-creating initiative. But he refuses, the construction of the place requiring the felling of century-old trees. One thing leading to another, Didier takes Pascal to a hostess bar. Pascal is indignant, but Didier finds the argument that hits the mark: these poor girls need money, he says. A charming young woman, Sandra, welcomes them warmly… Let’s say no more, but such is taken who thought he was taken.

Absurdity of the times

Here is Didier Béquet, notorious homophobe, glued at the level of the belt to his political opponent! ” It’s shame “, laments Pascal Molitor. The two men (Didier behind Pascal) are forced to move forward together. The same time. Until dawn, they will desperately try to get off the ground. But by whom? Everyone has their contacts and the night out takes on the appearance of a meal tour. The big joke is sometimes heavy but is reinvigorated with a thousand little inventions of political fiction, Delépine and Kervern introducing spaces of utopia into their road movie. A very successful scene is played out in the offices of the municipal police, with its leftist, hilarious officers lecturing the right-handed mayor.

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