France 2 offers this Monday evening from 9:05 pm “Like a thunderclap”, a fiction with Grégory Montel and Patrick Chesnais which addresses the delicate theme of depression in men.
What is it about ?
Paul Vidal is a country doctor in a small town. Married and the father of a family, he apparently has everything to be happy. But he suffered from a serious nervous breakdown, which soon made him unable to practice his profession. Hospitalized in a clinic, his family will mobilize to give him back a taste for life, but this will not go without some conflicts and questioning, whether with his family, but also with his patients.
Comme un coup de tonnerre is broadcast on Monday, November 1 at 9:05 p.m. on France 2.
Who is it with?
Grégory Montel, who notably distinguished himself in Ten percent in the role of Gabriel Sarda, plays here Paul Vidal, the main character of this fiction written and directed by Catherine Klein. Here he gives the reply to Elodie Navarre (Le Bureau des Légendes) and Patrick Chesnais, who play the doctor’s wife and father respectively. Léo Dussollier (Luther) and Sarah Suco (Les invisibles) complete the cast.
Well worth a look ?
Male depression is a theme that is often too little covered in fiction, whether on television or in the movies. This is why Catherine Klein chose to write about this disease in Comme un coup de tonnerre.
In this moving drama, we follow a country doctor who, faced with the mental load induced by his demanding work, but also with his family life in full metamorphosis, sinks into a depression from which he is struggling to get out.
If he manages to hide his condition from his family and patients for a while, this silent crisis gradually eats him up, and, after many mistakes that could have been fatal, he decides to act on his own. get out.
The research and writing work of the director and screenwriter allows Comme un coup de tonnerre to avoid falling into sentimentality while offering us a fair view on an evil that affects many people.
If the story takes a little time to start and take shape, it allows viewers to soak up the feelings and realize the distress of this doctor who only wants one thing: to satisfy his patients. and his family.
This touching fiction, somewhat classic in its form, works mainly thanks to the very apt interpretation of Grégory Montel who manages, thanks to his looks, to make us feel the despair of his character.
In short, Comme un coup de tonnerre tackles a delicate subject with simplicity and sincerity, and manages, thanks to its intelligent writing, to avoid falling into pathos.