Light hearted and yet gripping, Poupoupidou puts a refreshing and darkly humorous spin on the classic ‘crime genre’. Not to be missed if you’re looking for an easy and enjoyable watch that will leave you with a smile on your face.
Set in the coldest town in France, Mouthe, writer David Rousseau (Jean-Paul Rouve) has hit a dead end with inspiration. Struggling to come up with new ideas, he stumbles upon the story of the ‘suicide’ of glamorous cheese-model Candice Lecoeur (Sophie Quinton) who believed that she was a reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe.
After inquiring about her death numerous times, David Rousseau decides to take matters into his own hands accompanied by brigadier Bruno Leloup (Guillame Gouix), and after interviewing her various ex-lovers, her therapist, her hairdresser and her self-confessed stalker, he is brimming with enthusiasm for his next novel.
Of course, this storyline seems bland and run of the mill without the fantastic acting from Quinton throughout the film, who portrays a reincarnated Marilyn Monroe, hard-hitting scenes of domestic violence within Lecoeur’s family home where she wants to help her abusive ex-partner, her battle with her addiction to sleeping pills, her ghostlike appearances alongside David Rousseau where the boundaries between fiction and reality become blurred.
Although at some points it feels as if the script becomes a bit lazy, with Candice Lecoeur singing the president a very happy birthday à la Marilyn, 9/10 it dishes up some references that will make you smile to yourself as you get sucked into the American Nostalgia in the French town.
The performance from David Rousseau is worth making a point as well. Not your ‘traditional’ hero, he manages to portray the quirky ‘intellectual’ type well, keeping up his sly humour throughout and his irresistible charm that seems to be so alluring to the women he meets.
Poupoupidou has a certain tongue in cheek element to it, how this small-town woman embodies the spirit of Marilyn Monroe and the classic crime novel is brought to film, with ghostly references to Candice Lecoeur’s past life. However, Poupoupidou is not one to stick around in your mind long after you have watched it and is mostly a good film if you want to relax and watch something easy going.
le deuil- mourning
la présentatrice météo – weather-lady
un poignard – dagger
une tentative suicide – a suicide attempt
plaquer qqn – to dump somebody