Adieu les cons

Albert Dupontel, France, 2021o


When Suze, a hairdresser in her mid-forties, learns that her life could soon end, she sets out to find the child she gave birth to at the age of 15 and had to give up for adoption. In the process, she meets the brilliant programmer JB, who, at fifty, was supposed to have been disposed of and who, in his indignation, has so unsuccessfully killed himself that his suicide attempt is interpreted as a rampage. The strange team is completed by the blind archivist Monsieur Blin, who contributes a mixture of genuine flashes of genius and abstruse inspirations to the research.

Winner of all the major Césars in France, this burlesque bursts with ideas and yet, went virtually unnoticed by critics and audiences in German-speaking Switzerland. A case of Allemanic arrogance? Maybe just caution: If the title of a French comedy already tells about "morons" , its comedic level will not be any better ... Far from it! In his seventh screenplay and directorial work, actor Albert Dupontel shows that French humorists can take different directions when they take greats like the Python legends Terry Giliams and Terry Jones, the subtly surreal décor and colors of a Trauner or Tati, the intellectual slapstick from Keaton to Beckett or the tricks of Peter Sellers as their model. That such disparate influences come together to form a cohesive and very funny universe has to do with the perfect teamwork of Dupontel, his crew, and his cast, all of whom must have had the twisted logic of an insane asylum under good direction in mind. What's it all about? Oh yes, about a terminally ill hairdresser who had to give away a baby when she was a teenager and wants to find the offspring three decades later, with the help of a world-weary programmer and a blind archivist who helf her with a mixture of flashes of inspiration and crackpot ideas. In other words, never mind, just sit down and surrender to this comic, sentimental, candy-colored endgame.

Andreas Furler

Dans le paysage bien balisé des comédies françaises, Dupontel détonne car son rythme trépidant emprunte au "slapstick" du cinéma muet et ses enchaînements de situation lorgnent plus vers le nonsense des Monty Python que vers les quiproquos vaudevillesques des films comiques franchouillards. On ne va pas s’en plaindre. Virginie Efira semble parfaitement à l’aise dans son univers, et le duo Suze/JB fonctionne bien à l’écran. Cette "tragédie burlesque" (comme la définit le cinéaste), menée tambour battant, n’ennuie jamais et surprend souvent. Deux qualités précieuses.

Hugues Dayez

Film le plus émouvant de son auteur, où le punk cartoon se marie étonnamment bien avec des émotions aiguës, dont la justesse impressionne, Adieu les cons ne laisse pas indemne.

Simon Riaux


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Interview de Albert Dupontel
/ France Inter
fr / 5/18/2021 / 09‘42‘‘

Les secrets du tournage
/ Gaumont
fr / 9/27/2020 / 02‘25‘‘

Souvenirs de tournage cinéma par Virginie Efira
/ Cinéma Canal+
fr / 10/29/2020 / 03‘43‘‘

Ciel Albert Dupontel !
From Augustin Trapenard / France Inter - Boomerang
fr / 33‘00‘‘

Movie Datao

Other titles
Was dein Herz dir sagt DE
Bye Bye Morons EN
Comedy, Drama
Running time
87 Min.
Original language
Important Awards
Césars 2022: Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Camerawork, Best Set Desing, Best Supporting Actor (Nicolas Marié)
ØYour rating6.7/10
IMDB user:
6.7 (6739)
6.5 (11)
< 3 votes q

Cast & Crewo

Virginie EfiraSuze Trappet
Albert DupontelJB
Nicolas MariéM. Blin


Interview de Albert Dupontel
France Inter, fr , 09‘42‘‘
Les secrets du tournage
Gaumont, fr , 02‘25‘‘
Souvenirs de tournage cinéma par Virginie Efira
Cinéma Canal+, fr , 03‘43‘‘
Review Variety
Mark Keizer
Review epd Film
Birgit Roschy
Chris Schelb
Guillaume Gas
Review Bande à Part
Isabelle Danel
Carine Trenteun
Ciel Albert Dupontel !
France Inter - Boomerang / fr / 33‘00‘‘
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