Monthly Film – March

The Conquerors (Les Conquérants) 2013
by Xabi Molia

POSTER FOR MAILWednesday 16th March 2016 – 6.00pm
at
National Film Corporation Theater
303, Bauddhaloka Mawatha,
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The Conquerors (Les Conquérants)
The Conquerors (French: Les conquérants) is a 2013 French adventure comedy film directed by Xabi Molia, with stars Mathieu Demy, Denis Podalydès and Christian Crahay, with the director playing a seventh-billed supporting role.
The film was exhibited in southwest France on 21 June 2013 at the Contis Film Festival (premiere) and, two months later (24 August) at another film festival, in Gindou. The full release in France was on 25 September, but it continued to be seen at festivals (Belgium’s Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur on 1 October and Canada’s Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival on 15 September 2014.

Synopsis

Half-brothers Noah and Gilead attend their archeologist father’s funeral and, after recounting and comparing each other’s misfortunes, become convinced that their misery is caused by a curse upon their father and his descendants resulting from the father’s theft of the Holy Grail. Their solution is to embark on a quest for the Grail and return it to the location from which it was disturbed and removed by their father.

Galaad et Noé rejoignent en stop le cimetière où une foule nombreuse enterre leur père, avant un dernier hommage en musique à cette sorte d’ogre, qui fut aventurier et découvreur de trésor. Galaad et Noé, issus de deux lits différents, se connaissent peu mais partagent la même déveine. Comédien de second plan, quitté par la femme qu’il aime et victime d’une récidive de son lymphome, Galaad ne va pas fort. Il cherche à convaincre Noé, entraîneur sententieux d’une équipe de football poursuivie par la défaite, qu’ils doivent leur malchance au vol du Graal par leur père, jadis, dans une grotte pyrénéenne. Qu’ils volent à nouveau Graal à l’infâme Del Sarto et le replace sur son autel souterrain, et la vie leur sourira à nouveau…

Reviews of the film

Armed with this philosophy for times of crisis, writer Xabi Molia made his first feature film, 8 times standing (2009), a joyous hymn to the strength of two precarious gifted for fantasy. He drives the nail with this comedy that mixes lightness to the gravity of life, in a subtly poetic atmosphere.

These conquerors, Gilead and Noah, are two half-brothers to failed dreams: one, stage actor, anesthesia the public and the other, football coach, leaden the morale of his team. Convinced to have the evil eye, they decide to break this curse. Just why to steal in a Castle a sacred Cup that their father, an adventurer, had himself stolen in a cave. And return it to its place, this sacred Cup. Sacrilege cleared, everything will be okay.

Is it serious? The question arises. Burlesque is indeed hilarious in the sequence of the expedition at the Castle. And when the wind of trouble turns, they are squarely the effects of magic potion. But Xabi Mellish managed mainly to talk about us. This desire to believe in our dreams, our Holy Grail. Of this attraction to the impossible, makes us bet, in full despair, hope. Audacity is salvation, says this movie, which is not missing. By opening a gap between realism and fairy tale, he failed: he invites to get lost to find themselves. As the very endearing Noah-Mathieu Demy and Gilead-Denis Podalydès, which will at the end of their wandering in a disenchanted world, and we delight.
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~ Frédéric Strauss, Télérama.fr (Translated from the french review)

Quand on se rend à un enterrement en autostop, il y a évidemment un risque d’arriver en retard, ce qui est problématique lorsque le défunt est son propre père. « Les Conquérants » repose sur le couple d’acteurs Denis Podalydès et Mathieu Demy, tous deux formidables en faux frères, bien obligés de se découvrir, au beau milieu de la glue de la vie. Rien ne marche. Le film s’enlise dès que les situations sont trop lourdement explicatives. Mais il réjouit chaque fois qu’il ose l’extravagance, ce qui est fréquent, si bien que le spectateur circule dans des montagnes russes, ou plutôt, les Pyrénées, où les deux frères doivent remettre un Graal dérobé par le père dans une mystérieuse grotte basque. Joie devant Mathieu Demy qui dompte un énorme ours. Plaisir de voir Podalydès devant une « vraie » chimère. Bonheur que le cambriolage du Graal réussisse en dépit des obstacles les plus dingues. Il y a un côté Tintin dans « L’Etoile mystérieuse » qui réveille d’excellents souvenirs. On rit beaucoup et souvent.

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~ Anne Diatkine – ELLE