RWMFF 2013 Review: Nuts (2012)
The French title of Nuts, the debut feature from Yann Coridian, is Ouf – both the sound you make when punched in the gut and the French slang for fou, meaning, well, nuts. That clever little bit of word play pretty much says it all about this movie. Nuts is a wry, dry, humorous look at reactions of friends and loved ones to their mentally ill family members.
At the opening of Nuts we find Francois (Eric Elmosnino) hiding in a cardboard box in the apartment of his girlfriend Anna;s (Sophie Quinton) apartment as she readies their children for a trick or treating expedition. Francois has just been sprung from a mental institution after treatment for depression, but Anna wants nothing to do with him. The film follows his attempts to win her back.
Francois is not alone in this world. He has a psychiatrist mother, a gad-about father, a wealthy heiress as a best friend, and a brother. As much as they ostensibly care about Francois, they’re pretty wrapped up in themselves and their own lives. The attitude Francois encounters daily is mostly patronizing and condescending. (There’s also a slight implication that they’re kinda fed up with Francois and his antics, but that’s off-screen speculation). But Nuts begs the question – who’s really crazy here, the perhaps justifiable depressive or the self-absorbed people around him.
Ultimately, Nuts is a little light. The plot strays a bit and lacks focus, but at only 82 minutes it doesn’t grate. The wry and charming performance from Elmosnino is worth the price of admission, and Nuts will offer a nice respite from some of the heavier fare in the RWMFF.
Nuts screens as part of the 2013 Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the festival website.