Alain (Alain Chabat) and Marie (Léa Drucker) are a married couple looking to buy a new home. The two find a house that seems perfect in every way possible. However, the real estate agent reveals a deep secret in the home’s basement during the inspection. This secret is unexplainable and bizarre, and its origins are unknown. After some thinking and discussion, the two decide to purchase the house, even with its unusual secret. As they move in, the two attempt to go about their lives as usual. However, the basement’s secrets cause temptations to arise, and Alain’s and Marie’s lives begin to change dramatically.
Incredible But True contains a mixture of comedy and drama with a fun touch of added fantasy introduced early in the film. Director and writer Quentin Dupieux is known for delivering many creative yet quirky films throughout his career, and once again, he successfully brings another fresh concept to life. This story is filled with creativity, random comedy, and touching themes with unpredictable outcomes in the finale.
The dialogue here is excellent. It’s snappy and realistic throughout, and while the cast is small, there’s also plenty of variety between each character, making the film exciting and humorous. Like the story, the soundtrack is quirky and reminds me of old-school computer games. The comedy style will be received differently by viewers. I found myself chuckling throughout the duration, even when something seemed quite silly, including Alain’s boss, who continually makes poor and ridiculous life choices. The pacing was a delight, and I found myself excited, wanting to know how this story would end and what the outcomes for our leading couple would be.
Overall, once again, Director and Writer Quentin Dupieux doesn’t disappoint. He delivers another creative film filled with random gags, unpredictable outcomes, touching themes, and positive messages. It’s a story that successfully hooks its audiences quickly as it introduces an exciting tale with a slice of mystery. Incredible But True’s small cast thankfully all differ from each other, bringing plenty of variety. The quirky soundtrack reminded me of old-school video games, which, again, matched the storyline and its touch of fantasy. It’s another excellent addition to a stunning line-up of well-made films from Quentin Dupieux, and this is truly an “incredible” time- it’s true! Incredible But True (2022) is available at Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2023. For more information, check out the link here: https://www.affrenchfilmfestival.org/