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Mods

Best viewed as a dance movie with long spells of mannered dialogue, short feature "Mods" is a whimsical oddity, surreal but often amusing. Imitating French New Wave cinematic tics, film has a weird beat that only fests and upscale Euro broadcasters are likely to dance to.

Best viewed as a dance movie with long spells of mannered dialogue, short feature “Mods” is a whimsical oddity, surreal but often amusing. Imitating French New Wave cinematic tics, film has a weird beat that only fests and upscale Euro broadcasters are likely to dance to.

Pic brings military brothers Francois and Paul (Guillaume Verdier, helmer Serge Bozon) to bizarre Parisian halls of residence where they endeavor to wake up their catatonic brother Edouard (Laurent Lacotte). Full of gnomic dialogue flatly declaimed in the manner of early Jean-Luc Godard, “Mods” often feels like a joke without the punch line. The peculiar, stiff-limbed dance sequences (choreographed by Julie Desprairies) — in the style of Blighty’s DV8 or Canuck group La-La-La Human Steps — are pic’s highlights, actually set to obscure U.S. “garage” tunes rather than the kind of typical Mod music (the Kinks, the Who, etc.) the pic’s title would suggest. At least there’s a quartet of mop-topped lads (Benjamin, Johan, Astro, Martial) on hand, always posed as if about to be snapped for an album cover. Lensing is sunny, while retro costumes offer amusement.

Mods

France

  • Production: An Elena Films production, with participation of CNC, Thecif -- Region Ile de France. (International sales: Elena, Paris.) Produced by David Thion. Directed by Serge Bozon. Screenplay, Axelle Ropert.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Celine Bozon; editor, Cyril Leuthy. Reviewed at Locarno Film Festival (Filmmakers of the Present), Aug. 10, 2003. Running time: 60 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Guillaume Verdier, Laurent Lacotte, Serge Bozon, Vladimir Leon, Axelle Ropert, Patrica Barzyk, Chloe Esdraffo, Laurent Talon, Raphaele Godin, Benjamin, Johan, Astro, Martial.
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