REVIEW / FILM REVIEW – Dany Boon, actor and filmmaker, is back with his new production: “8 Rue de l’Humanité”. His seventh feature film, which addresses the Covid-19 pandemic, lands directly on Netflix.
8 Rue de l’Humanité : leave the Covid subject in the boxes
After Connected last year on Amazon Prime Video, it’s Netflix’s turn to ride the Covid-19 wave. Indeed, for his new film entitled 8 Rue de l’Humanité, Dany Boon decides to broach the subject of the pandemic. For the occasion, he proposes to recreate the atmosphere of a Parisian building and the daily life of its few inhabitants during confinement. Seven families are then stuck in the same place and will get to know each other.
Casting side, Dany Boon can count on the presence of Laurence Arné, who plays his companion in the film. This is also the third time that the two actors play together after Stingy! and The Ch’tite Family. The rest of the cast consists in particular of François Damiens as an impossible neighbor, Alison Wheeler plays a young pregnant singer, Liliane Rovère has left Ten percent and Family Business to disembark in 8 Rue de l’Humanité, and Yvan Attal plays a totally crazy doctor.
Dany Boon therefore decides to tackle the breakout subject of confinement. Romuald Boulanger tried with Connected and Adam Mason with Songbird, and the two broke their teeth on it. Dany Boon is not doing much better. Already, the actor / director chooses to serve a film of more than two hours. Too much time for such a subject in a camera that lacks flavor. 8 Rue de l’Humanité sometimes even gives the impression of being a feature-length version of the series Domestic scenes and Little secrets between neighbors. And two hours of Little secrets between neighbors, it’s long…
A cruel lack of inspiration
Globally, Dany Boon lacks inventiveness in his film. The filmmaker ticks all the expected boxes, and is inspired by the daily life of confined people to take up little stories heard here and there. From its opening sequence, which takes up the speech of Emmanuel Macron ” we are at war “. And all of this is a bad omen. Because Dany Boon puts both feet in the dish to replay all the common places related to the Covid and accumulate clichés.
Thus, he can not help but take out the card of the videoconference that goes wrong, ridiculous sports lives, the PCR test, untimely police checks, people who want to go on vacation, the nurse stigmatized by his neighbors, the mad doctor who knows nothing about anything and of course, the little finishing touch, to offer a hypochondriac protagonist. All the clichés are taken to their climax.
Thank you Yvan Attal for being there
8 Rue de l’Humanité, is therefore a bit of a luxurious sitcom. We are gently bored in front of an uninteresting plot, sewn with white thread, whose dramatic springs remain extremely poor: will Jorge Calvo’s wife be released from the hospital? Will François Damiens get his wife back? Is Yvan Attal going to invent the vaccine? Here, more or less, what are the intrigues of 8 Rue de l’Humanité.
For the few positive points of the work, it is necessary to underline a second part of film better rhythmic, and more human, where the characters assert themselves and become more endearing. We must especially mark the performance of Yvan Attal, who is obviously the only one to have fun in this comedy in the role of a totally crazy doctor. The actor finds himself in the shoes of a new pastiche of Doc from Back to the future, and thus offers some tasty sequences, like a rather funny dance scene.
8 Rue de l’Humanité by Dany Boon, on Netflix on 20 October 2021. Above the trailer. Find all our trailers here.