Semi-autobiographical canine comedy by late Gallic helmer-producer Claude Berri.

“Tresor,” the final film by late Gallic helmer-producer Claude Berri (“Germinal”), is, alas, neither a treasure to watch nor one to remember him by. Semi-autobiographical canine comedy — completed by Francois Dupeyron (“Monsieur Ibrahim”) when Berri died during shooting — depicts a Parisian couple overcome by their English bulldog’s peeing, pooping, wheezing and flagellating, all of which amount to few laughs and plenty of foulness. Poorly received both publicly and critically, the pic will be quickly buried beneath Berri’s otherwise impressive oeuvre.

For their fifth-year wedding anniversary, architect Jean-Pierre (Alain Chabat, providing a few rare laughs) offers his wife, Nathalie (Mathilde Seigner), an adorable puppy that quickly grows into a Cujo of incontinence. Fearful that the ironically named “Tresor” (treasure) is slowly tearing them apart, they seek the guidance of an animal therapist (Fanny Ardant), who helps Nathalie realize the mutt is actually helping her to “discover a man she never knew.” Script clearly seems to prefer the psychology of a household pet to that of human beings, while gags play out before a drab backdrop of bodily fluids and designer bedrooms.

Tresor

France

Production

A Pathe release of a Hirsch Berel Films, TF1 Films Prod. production, with participation of Canal Plus, TPS Star, CNC, La Petite Reine. (International sales: Pathe Intl., Paris.) Produced by Claude Berri, Nathalie Rheims. Executive producer, Nicole Firn. Directed by Claude Berri, Francois Dupeyron. Screenplay, Berri, Eric Assous.

Crew

Camera (color), Agnes Godard; editors, Francois Gedigier, Sylvie Lager; production designer, Laurent Ott; costume designer, Jacqueline Bouchard. Reviewed at Gaumont Champs-Elysees Marignan 1, Paris, Nov. 16, 2009. Running time: 84 MIN.

With

Alain Chabat, Mathilde Seigner, Fanny Ardant, Isabelle Nanty, Helene Vincent.
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