Franck Dubosc is this Monday evening with the poster of “The last part”, a fiction inspired by his own history in which he explores with emotion the difficult question of the end of life.
What is it about ?
Christophe Maquet will receive the Legion of Honor. But he learns that his father, seriously ill and extremely diminished, with whom he has been angry for years, has decided to organize “his departure” on the very day of his ceremony. Upset by the news but suspecting his father of knowingly stealing his day of glory, Christophe decides to spend 3 days with him to attempt a final reconciliation.
Monday November 8 at 9:05 p.m. on TF1, and already available on Salto.
Who is it with?
Franck Dubosc plays the main character of this fiction under the direction of Ludovic Colbeau-Justin with whom he had already worked on Everyone Standing in 2018. His parents, with whom he has a difficult relationship, are camped by Guy Marchand and Macha Méril.
Julie Gayet plays Christophe Maquet’s ex-wife, while Héléna Noguerra slips into the skin of the lawyer’s youthful love, which will make him want to reconnect with his past. Finally, Bruno Solo also makes a remarkable appearance by playing his childhood friend.
For the writing of the screenplay, Franck Dubosc to collaborate with Jean-André Yerlès, who notably worked on Fais pas ci, faire pas ça or Julie Lescaut.
WELL WORTH A LOOK ?
Telling the end of life is not easy… Franck Dubosc has nevertheless decided to tackle it with The Last Part, a fiction inspired by his own story. He tells the story of Christophe Maquet, a brilliant lawyer to whom everything seems to succeed despite his working-class origins.
While he is delighted to receive the ultimate consecration, a Legion of Honor, his mother tells him that his father, suffering from an incurable disease, has decided to organize his departure on the day of the ceremony. He will then give up his Parisian life to go to her bedside to try one last time to save their relationship.
If the message of The Last Part is sometimes simplistic, the moments of intimacy between Franck Dubosc and Guy Marchand are extremely touching and make us forget the often misplaced attempts at humor.
The games of Scrabble played between the father and his son (which also give their name to this fiction) can perhaps make you shed a little tear. It must be said that seeing his parents die, and having to say goodbye to them, is a theme that leaves no one indifferent.
The actor of Camping, who had especially accustomed us to the comedy, changes register here with more or less brilliantly. His very close link with history (his father, affected as his fictional counterpart of Charcot’s disease, also had recourse to euthanasia in 2002) surely explains his ability to touch us, particularly in the scenes that he shares with his father.
But the rest of the scenario leaves a lot to be desired. All the intrigue around the separation of Christophe and his ex-wife, camped by Julie Gayet, is of no use. The relationship between the lawyer and his son, also complicated at times, is resolved as if by magic upon the death of the young man’s grandfather. And the secondary characters are sorely lacking in depth, when they are not overplaying.
In short, The Last Part is a touching fiction, which allows Franck Dubosc to show a new facet of his talent as an actor, but it still suffers from a sometimes a little weak scenario, which is not helped by the touches of humor that hardly make us laugh.