With “Barbaque”, Fabrice Éboué is part of a different genre than the one in which we could see him at work with, for example, “Case Départ” and “Coexister”. A successful and promising development that we were able to discuss with him, a “King of Comedy” on the way to becoming a unique filmmaker in the French landscape. Meet.
Fabrice Éboué, an important figure in humor
At 44 years old and with more than 20 years in the entertainment and film industry, Fabrice Éboué is anything but a newcomer. On TV, on the radio, on the boards with his one-man-shows, in the cinema obviously, his radical humor brought him fame, praise and also his share of reproaches. With him, everyone takes for his rank, and no trend in society escapes him. Especially if these trends border on caricature. Ten years after its first production, Starting point, he is currently in the news with his new and very good film Barbaque (our review here). A film that is as much a charge against certain extremes of veganism as, above all, an excellent comedy from which emanate a love of cinema and a real author’s touch. A beautiful evolution that he detailed for us (video at the top of the article).
Barbaque, the film that most closely resembles him
If he is associated with members of his “family”, made up of talents such as Blanche Gardin, Thomas Ngijol or even Jean-Pascal Zadi, Fabrice Éboué is now breaking away from it to present a film that he made alone, his second “solo” after Coexist. And he reveals himself in this process as an author with his own identity, his dark humor and his views as radical as ever, but all enshrined in a true genre film, sublimated by pretty interpretations like those of Marina Foïs.
In the interview he gave us, he speaks of a “logical progression”. Of a film Barbaque less “sharer” but which, consequently, resembles him more. He also evokes radicalism, that of militant causes such as that of the cinema. And regrets that faced with the dazzling development of platforms, French cinema is not more daring in its proposals.