For this month’s final review for Genre Grandeur – Dark Comedies, here’s a review of The Suicide Shop (2012) by Reut of Sweet Archive
Thanks again to Reut of Sweet Archive. for choosing this month’s genre.
If you missed any of them, here’s a recap:
This month we had 7 reviews for GG:
1. Bad Santa (2003) – Tom
2. Beetlejuice (1988) – SG
3. Pine Barrens (Sopranos episode) – Sherise
4. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) – Kim
5. Fargo (1996) – MovieRob
6. Cut Bank (2014) – MovieRob
7. The Suicide Shop (2012) – Reut
Thanks to everyone who participated this month!
In addition, I watched and reviewed 4 additional movies from this genre for my Genre Guesstimation series. 1 of them will be now included in my own favorites of the genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Steven of Past Present Future TV and Film We will be reviewing our favorite B&W films prior to 1990. Please get me your submissions by the 25th of August by sending them to email@example.com Try to think out of the box! Great choice Steven!
Let’s see what Reut thought of this movie:
The Suicide Shop (Le Magasin des Suicides, 2012)
A French dark musical animation.
In a small French city, where everyone is sad, killing yourself in a public place is not an option for you’ll be fined. The Tuvache family happily caters those who wish to take their own lives by offering them an array of products fitting for an appropriate private suicide. From hanging ropes and deadly knives to colorful bottled poisons, this corner shop has everything. When their new born baby is exceptionally smiley, this undepressed family of four is extremely confused about the future of their business.
The Suicide Shop steps on society’s weak spots of the utmost depressing times of deficit. One family thrives from the hopelessness of others, maintaining the long existing family business successfully. The Tuvache family truly believes this is that this is the right way to be, grim and gloomy. For instance, when the happy boy, Alan, presents a colorful and optimistic drawing to his mother, she freaks out explaining real beauty lies within the hands of melancholy and morbidity. Pretty great, eh? Also very noticeable is the color contradiction between the polychromatic shop owners to their monochromatic customers which one cannot ignore. Although, true believers of their macabre life style, The Tuvasches ooze liveliness and dedicated customer service. The shop itself is quite lively and colorful as opposed to its offered merchandise of deadly liquids and high quality coffins. It’s like heaven to its suicidal clientele.
With all this optimism, there are a few down points to the film, starting with the musical bits. I really lack patience for those. Moreover, it seems as if this film has its fair share of weird moments, and I’m not talking about the deadly aspect of it. There seems to be a somewhat naughty relationship between that little happy boy and his sister… hmm… which leaves me quite confused and reassured this animation is definitely not for kids nor their educating parents.
I love animation films, especially French ones. They really do it for me. The idea behind The Suicide Shop is fantastic and innovative, especially if you’re a dark comedy fanatic like me. It was directed by Patrice Leconte, a French director with many masterpieces under his name, including one of my favorites, The Girl on the Bridge. The film is a semi-successfully adaptation of a French novel of the same name written by Jean Teulé. Unlike the novel, I imagine, the film tends to get your hopes up by its awesome caricaturist cover only and slightly fails to deliver when you keep watching it all the way through. Hard to believe, but there are a few dull moments there. I’m not entirely sure I wouldn’t recommend it to animation lovers, but after watching a reputable list of animated films, I allow myself to bash it a little. All in all, it does manage to deliver a well thought of dark comedy.