Self-discovery is a relatively common theme in cinema. There are several films in which the main characters embark on a journey that will reveal great truths about their lives. The interesting thing lies in how to approach the subject; there are tapes that become instant classics and others that are difficult to connect with for many reasons. Unfortunately, The world according to Pierre belongs to the second classification.
Pierre is a forty-year-old man who has always lived far from the reality of the world. When his parents disappear, his entire universe collapses: he discovers that he was adopted and must learn to survive in a modern society he never knew. Determined to unravel the mystery of his origins, he meets Anna, who, moved by this man’s kindness, agrees to help him. With her he will cross a whole gallery of characters as funny as they are cute. However, as he further investigates him, Pierre discolors as if by magic.
Interestingly, the synopsis of The world according to Pierre It clearly shows the main problem of the film: the mishmash of genres. The film begins as an interesting comedy in which an innocent Pierre decides to discover all the mysteries that surround his life. And until the first act, everything looks great. The performance of Clovis Cornillac (also director of the film) as Pierre is very attractive, we quickly trust his innocence and even empathize with him. The chemistry that she has with alice pol (Anna) is palpable and together they star in some hilarious sequences.
However, once we get into the second act, the film goes downhill in an incredible way. What started as a naive comedy ends up bordering on drama, fantasy and even melodrama, although not in a very satisfactory way. The intentions of the director and the screenwriters are understood, but they fail to translate into film language in a credible way. The second half is full of situations that bet on metaphors and emotions, but feel out of place and don’t quite fit the initial tone.
For better or worse, The world according to Pierre It complies with giving the desired message: that we all have a place in the world even when it doesn’t seem like it. Ironically, the film finds no place as a comedy or as a romance (both elements are diluted as the minutes go by). And when it brushes against fantasy, it leaves more questions than answers.
The world according to Pierre It has good moments and a leading duo that tries to rescue the show thanks to their good performances and great chemistry. Unfortunately, these elements are not enough to compensate for a hodgepodge of genres and ideas that little by little lose their meaning.
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John Joseph Cruz I am one of those who always defended Robert Pattinson as Batman and can see the same movie in the cinema up to 7 times. My guilty pleasure? Low budget horror movies.