Pitchipoï
France (FR), 2015, 100 minutes
Pitchipoï Synopsis

Julien Schulmann is a comedian. He has just lost his father, a Polish Jew and extermination camp survivor. Before he died, his father left a "will" in which he requested that his other son, Pierre, who hasn't been heard from for two years, spread his ashes in Poland. His father's preference comes as a rude shock for Julien, and it opens a chasm inside him, slowly bringing to light an unspeakable secret.

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Reviewed by jeteli
An ardent reflection of being Jewish in modern day France, this film speaks volumes about Jews and in the way that Polish Jew families interact with each other.  The lead... more
An ardent reflection of being Jewish in modern day France, this film speaks volumes about Jews and in the way that Polish Jew families interact with each other.  The lead character Julien is having inner conflicts and it started when the family learned that their deceased father intends to have his ashes scattered in Poland by the other son Pierre,who sadly has been missing for two years already.  Some comedic relief is evident, like that scene where someone suddenly sings during the funeral or that intimate scene of Julien and girlfriend (played by Sabrina Seyvecou) where the latter is seen singing a quite absurd song while atop Julien. Gallais was commendable as Julien and Seyvecou was also noticeable for her absurd style of humor and facial expressions.  This is an interesting piece of work by Director Charles Najman whose debut feature Royal Bonbon received the Prix Jean Vigo and selected for prestigious filmfests like the Locarno and Toronto International Film Festivals. 
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
A mix of drama and absurd humor! This movie that revolves around Julien and his family tackles anti-Semitism and family conflicts but also gives viewers a peek into Jewish humor... more
A mix of drama and absurd humor! This movie that revolves around Julien and his family tackles anti-Semitism and family conflicts but also gives viewers a peek into Jewish humor and issues concerning Jews. The performances are commendable with Xavier Gallais as Julien seen as a focal figure in this film. Gallais is known as a theater play and stage director and this has been given emphasis especially during that scene where he was having a stand-up show with a gleaming bulb in tow. The actuations are typically theatrical, and he suits the role of Julien quite nicely. 
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