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22nd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

Rock 'N Roll

2017, Guillaume Canet, France, 123 min.
Guillaume Canet, Marion Cotillard

Show Times

  • Sun, Mar 10th 3:00pm
  • Thu, Mar 14th 6:00pm

"An endearingly bizarre showbiz satire...fascinating to behold."--David Ehrlich, Indiewire

Like a farcical French twist on A STAR IS BORN, this movieland meta-comedy combines show-biz satire with a hilarious yet harrowing take on the extremes to which male insecurity can go. Director-star Canet (TELL NO ONE, JOYEUX NOEL, CEZANNE ET MOI), playing a presumably more neurotic version of himself, suffers a midlife crisis when he is cast as the father of an up-and-coming young hottie who tells him that her generation no longer finds him "rock 'n roll." It doesn't help that his real-life partner Marion Cotillard (also playing herself) is eclipsing him in popularity. Canet takes to hanging out with a younger crowd and trying to bad-boy up his mild-mannered image ("I'm the world's ideal son-in-law," he complains), then goes off the deep end with a drastic Botox-and-steroids makeover. Filled with insider jokes and cameos (Johnny Hallyday, Yves Attal, Ben Foster), ROCK 'N ROLL is bracingly and gleefully cynical--there is no moral, nobody learns any lessons, and the only cure for excess seems to be more excess. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital. Courtesy of The Festival Agency. (MR)

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