Little Nothings

1992

Comedy

99
IMDb Rating 6.4 10 636

Synopsis


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Cast

Olivier Rabourdin as Chanteur métro
Simon Abkarian as Danseur grec
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890.98 MB
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French 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
95 min
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French 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
95 min
P/S N/A / N/A

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by dbdumonteil 8 / 10 / 10

the department store around the corner

Prior to treasures like "un Air De Famille" (1996) or "l'Auberge Espagnole" (2002) and for his very debut movie, Cédric Klapisch chose to plump for the world of work and to illustrate this statement: how to put forward the human dignity of workers in an economical world driven by the laws of supply and demand? The "little nothings" in question represent all the employees in the department store and in spite of its demeaning character, the title of the film has nothing of a downer. Nor its contents. On the contrary, Klapisch will take a basket of employees to describe them in a colorful manner. However, they are likely to be redundant for the department store "les Grandes Galeries" is going to close down if it doesn't deliver profitable results. So, the new manager Mr. Lepetit (Fabrice Luchini) decides to boost business again by highlighting human and social values revolving around communication, friendliness and good mood among the employees and towards the customers. All this to generate a more playful, more laid-back vibe and this manager isn't afraid to go further by inciting his staff to take part collectively in intense psychoanalytic sessions, lessons to properly smile or individual sports like bungee jumping... It's only his first movie but the Klapisch touch is already palpable on the screen. To film these "little nothings" who are individual members of a group, the filmmaker developed a great proximity with them, making himself almost their accomplice. He also handles his camera in a subtle way like this traveling going from Vanessa and then moving high to give a general view of the big, versatile shop. To write his film with Jackie Berroyer, the filmmaker spent days in the same department store to capture a day work of an employee. It's evident on the screen. Nothing is false and a good proportion of the scenes ring true. Klapisch's own approach of the comedy is already there: his film is filled with gags, droll cues which could be models of the art of absurd and nonsense such as: "I don't like relaxing music, it irritates me" and quirky scenes. I relish the one in which a vigilante arrests a young thief and takes him in a room in which another one of his partners is already there and eventually, the two vigilantes bicker themselves instead of punishing the young boy! And some characters have special name. The name of the manager Lepetit means "little" in French. It's a sharp contrast for a man who is broad-minded and vivacious! And Jean-Pierre Darroussin's name is "Domrémy": the link of three musical notes. An adequate name for a seller in a musical instruments shop. If this Klapisch film is of the right bottle, it's because it shelters a formidable weapon: honesty. So, why not testing it? And just like the grand Hitchcockian tradition or like a painter signs his or her work in a corner of the painting, the filmmaker has a cameo to earmark his work. Guess without looking at the cast of this film on this site when Klapisch appears...

Reviewed by jotix100 / 10

Team work

An enterprising young man, Lepetit, is asked to try to fix a big Parisian department store and make it productive. He has a revolutionary idea, engage the staff into working with one another as a team. He feels that is what is lacking to revive a store that has been around for quite some time. The corporation that owns the property want immediate results; their alternative is to sell the site to a Japanese company that wants to build a hotel on the site. Lepetit's methods are put into practice, although at first, the older employees feel nothing will work. As old habits begin to change, more and more of the staff begin feeling better about their work and about themselves. The only problem Lepetit has not figured out is in the greed of the board of directors who see a way to make a quick profit by abandoning the project, which was not seriously considered from the start. Cedric Klapish, the director, made two other films prior to this one. He shows an uncanny talent for getting right the diverse group of individuals that populate this movie. "Riens du tout" is entertaining and light, as comedies of this sort should be. He does a good job moving the large cast into funny situations and getting them to be at their best. Fabrice Luchini, who is seen as Lepetit, is a great comedian, who shows why he is one of the best actors in France at the moment. It is difficult to single out anyone in particular because this is an ensemble production.

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