Des nouvelles de la planète Mars

News from planet Mars
Philippe Mars wants to please everyone. He wants to be a good father, a friendly ex-husband, a helpful colleague and an understanding brother. Unfortunately, his little world goes out of its planned orbit. His son becomes a hardcore vegetarian, his daughter a compulsive swot, whilst his sister exhibits giant paintings of their naked parents. At the office he must face the rampages of his mentally unstable colleague Jerôme who one night turns up at his door with a young woman in tow who has just been released from a clinic.
Director Dominik Moll (Harry, He’s Here to Help, 2000; Lemmings, 2005) demonstrates a meticulous talent for black humour which spares nothing and no one and brings to light, sometimes violently, the surreal aspects of our existence. The target of his anarchistic attack is a world which appears to be intact but in fact never was. A somewhat different family film in which a father finds himself suddenly confronted with a challenging set of realities which he at first faces reluctantly but then with increasing willingness and, in doing so, rediscovers his family.
by Dominik Moll
with François Damiens, Vincent Macaigne, Veerle Baetens, Jeanne Guittet
France / Belgium 2016 101’

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