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Mammuth

Mammuth 15 rating

Legendary actor Gérard Depardieu is at his most uninhibited as an abattoir worker who hits the road with wild abandon.

Comedy 2010 91 mins

Director: Benoît Delépine

Overview

The story of a man, a mission and a motorbike. Serge (Depardieu) is an abbattoir worker who retires, only to find that he doesn't have a pension and needs to track down paperwork from his employers. Hitting the road, he has a series of variously humiliating encounters. Isabelle Adjani makes an eerie appearance as a woman from the past, while outsider artist Miss Ming makes her distinctly oddball mark.

Above all, the screen is filled - and then some - by Depardieu, casting vanity, long hair and often clothes to the winds. Reconnecting with the spirit of Bertrand Blier's Les Valseuses (1974), Depardieu clearly hits it off a treat with his directors - subversive farceurs Delépine and de Kervern (Louise-Michel) - whose anarchic cheek and up-yours radicalism are here in full force.