“The Green Perfume”, Tintin and infox

The Green Perfume **

by Nicolas Pariser

French film, 1 h 40

We did not expect Nicolas Pariser, director of very political films (The Big Game, Alice and the Mayor), in the field of comedy. And yet, he tries his hand at it, not without a certain talent in this pastiche of a spy comedy, where the universe of Tintin intersects with that of Hitchcock, against a backdrop of contemporary anxieties around the rise of populism in Europe. But if the filmmaker cannot prevent himself from summoning current events as the backdrop of his film, he does so with humor and by multiplying winks and references.

The first scene immediately sets the tone. We follow a blonde woman filmed from behind with a bun tied in a spiral like that of Kim Novak in Vertigo. She enters the backstage of the Comédie-Française, where a few hours later an actor dies mysteriously on stage. Martin (Vincent Lacoste), the actor who gave him the reply, quickly becomes the main suspect and decides to carry out his own investigation in order to prove his innocence. And as in the best films of the master of suspense, he will enlist the help of a designer, Claire (Sandrine Kiberlain), whom she meets by chance in a bookstore where she is taking part in a signing session.

A 1930s aesthetic

The duo then embarks on a hunt that takes them to the four corners of Europe, from Brussels to Budapest, with a view to thwarting the schemes of a mysterious organization, the Green Perfume, financed by Russia to disseminate infox to large scale and led by a fearsome billionaire with a mysterious identity. Their only clue to unmasking him is that he is a collector of original comic strips… The world of comics is the film’s other great inspiration. He borrows from Hergé his aesthetics of the 1930s, his bright colors, the looks of Vincent Lacoste’s Tintin reporter, and even the Dupond

Source : BBN NEWS

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