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Mandibles(Mandibules)

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France
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2020

1h 17m

Director Quentin Dupieux
Starring Grégoire Ludig, David Marsais, Adèle Exarchopoulos, India Hair
Genre Comedy, Fantasy
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Two simple-minded friends discover a giant fly in the trunk of a car and come up with a plan to earn money with it. A surreal, laugh-out-loud comedy that rises above the buddy-film genre because of its unabashed cheeriness and riotously funny leads.

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The Film Stage by

Perhaps we’re comedy-starved in today’s cinematic landscape, but Dupieux’s rollicking adventure generates rare laugh-out-loud moments and even a few applause-worthy bits.
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The Film Stage by David Katz

Perhaps we’re comedy-starved in today’s cinematic landscape, but Dupieux’s rollicking adventure generates rare laugh-out-loud moments and even a few applause-worthy bits.
80

Variety by Guy Lodge

Mandibles is as brazenly and riotously stupid as it sounds, but with a chill, dopey sweetness that makes it stick.
83

The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

The really new news of Mandibles however, is, where in the past Dupieux’s surrealism always had a cynical, sinister, even murderous undercurrent, here, he lets himself be cheerful, as though infected by the sweet-natured bromance between his appealing, appalling idiot leads.
80

Screen Daily by Lee Marshall

Mandibles is far from derivative, and Dupieux goes beyond the usual “Love you bro!” buddy-film clichés to draw something genuine, even heartwarming, out of the friendship between these two idiots.
75

IndieWire by Nicholas Barber

What makes Mandibules so refreshing is that, just as its anti-heroes don’t care about how they are supposed to behave, Dupieux has an airy disregard for how a chase thriller or a horror movie is supposed to proceed.

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