Throughout this film we get to follow two characters. Firstly, we are introduced to Suze Trappet (Virginie Efira), who discovers she is quite ill with a disease. Based on the recent discovery about the disease and her remaining time left, Suze decides to find her child whom she adopted out when she was young. As she begins attempting to find her child, she discovers it is a lot more challenging than she ever expected.
The second character is JB (Albert Dupontel), who works in a tech department. While he is incredibly talented at his job, he is saddened when given the news that the promotion he had hoped for is going to another co-worker. Out of frustration and anger, he then decides to purchase a large shotgun, having decided to kill himself in his work office. But as he pulls the trigger, the shotgun misfires and shoots a wall in his office, revealing Suze outside making enquiries about her child. With the clock ticking rapidly for Suze, she approaches JB while he is at his worst moment and seeks his help, promising in return to testify regarding the shotgun incident. Soon this mismatched pair will work together while being hunted down by the police.
Bye Bye Morons is a solid combination of comedy and drama. I was surprised by the number of themes this movie introduces. This film delivered heartfelt moments one second and then I was shocked and laughing at the next scene. It is a risky mix for a movie, but this film pulls the two genres off wonderfully. Visually, this film is also pleasing and delivers several creative choices to the screen, mostly to showcase light-hearted humour during a sad situation. The film’s creativity and the main performances are what keeps the film exciting and entertaining.
I was heavily invested in the film’s story thanks to our leading characters, who both received a fantastic introduction. The film also provides lots of details for our leads, making it easy to invest in them as they progress through the many challenges. As the two encounter roadblocks, I generally wanted to know if they would be successful in the end.
The pacing of this film is relatively quick and snappy. There’s never really a dull moment on screen. The film itself is also quite unpredictable, especially during the third and final act, which surprised me at every moment. As the credits rolled, I felt significantly rewarded for my time watching the movie.
Overall, this is a surprising combination of comedy mixed with drama. The film has a fun plot which had my attention quite quickly. Both leading actors work well on screen, and the situation our characters find themselves in is believable. Many moments in the film are unpredictable, especially during the film’s third and final act. In the end, I was pleased and I honestly had a blast watching it. Naturally, this film comes highly recommended.
Bye Bye Morons (2020) is Available At The Alliance Française French Film Festival 2021!