Perdrix – Strange birds
The actors Swann Arlaud and Maud Wyler tell us more about
Erwan Leduc’s first film, a comedy between absurd and emotions
presented this year for Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight.
By Jacques Braunstein
Pictures by Thierry Lebraly
Reading time 2 min.
A woman, driving an orange BMW (Maud Wyler), stops in the middle of a forest to write and draw on her notebook. Another woman, naked, steals her car. She goes to the police station to report it, where a police officer (Swann Arlaud, 2018 César for Bloody Milk) explains to her, a little bit overwhelmed, that it’s common in the area, where a small group of revolutionnary nudists strikes. Curious about this weird cop, the young woman who has always wanted to live without strings attached, rings at his door and discovers the Perdrix family, a zany clan. A mother (Fanny Ardant) who does a phone-in talk show about true love for an associative radio. A brother (Nicolas Maury seen in Dix Pour Cent) who studies worms, and his teenage girl who would like to leave this crazy house. Can love appear between two human beings who are nothing like each other? Between emotions and crazy humour, Erwan Leduc follows the line given by Justine Triet with Victoria (presented in the Critics week two years ago) or by Pierre Salvadori with En Liberté ! (rewarded last year in Cannes at the Director’s Fortnight). One of fun and challenging art house cinema. You cannot help but smile !