Chicago premiere! Film Series : Young French Cinema 2017

Struggle for Life

La loi de la jungle

2016, Antonin Peretjatko, France, 104 min. With Vincent Macaigne, Vimala Pons.

Show Times

  • Sun, May 21st 3:00pm
  • Thu, May 25th 8:15pm

Director Peretjatko, whose THE RENDEZ-VOUS OF DÉJÀ-VU (shown here in the 2015 edition of Young French Cinema) was a standard-bearer for the new generation of French filmmakers, returns for another freewheeling mixture of slapstick comedy, sexy shenanigans, and political satire, with bureaucratic ineptitude, persistent post-colonialism, and Francocentrism as its primary targets. Marc (Macaigne), a hapless intern at the Ministry of Standards, is sent to Guyana as part of a cockeyed scheme to build a ski resort in the middle of the tropical jungle. Fortunately for him, the clueless Marc is assigned a driver/bodyguard named Tarzan (Vimala Pons), who not only looks great in shorts but can also wield a knife like Crocodile Dundee. Thanks to Marc’s misplaced faith in GPS, the two are soon hopelessly lost deep in the rain forest, as the film becomes a Zucker-style parody of jungle-adventure films. Special mention should be made of the fanciful assortment of CGI insects encountered by our heroes in their travels. In French with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)

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