Bloody Oranges is a very dark comedy that is both hilarious and shockingly subversive. It follows an old couple that struggles with debts, a young woman who wants to have sex for the first time, a corrupt politician and an ambitious lawyer whose lives get intertwined for better or for worse.
A retired couple decides to take part in a rock'n'roll dance contest to try to get out of debt, without having to ask for help from their grown-up children. Meanwhile, their lawyer son is all caught up in his career, and gets involved with the finance minister, who the press is accusing of money laundering. And a young woman is looking forward to her first sexual experience. Add a psychopath with a pet pig to the mix, and you have the explosive ingredients to Jean-Christophe Meurisse's eccentric, sarcastic - and cathartic - comedy.
Beyond the fun and gore, Bloody Oranges is at its core a sharp social commentary that reveals the cracks of the French society, the hypocrisy of the political class and the difficulties that can befall older people. It is sometimes extreme and contains unpleasant scenes that are not for the faint-hearted. Both funny and outrageous in turn, it is that kind of film that won't leave you indifferent. It is sometimes extreme and contains several unpleasant and violent scenes that are not for everyone.
Jean-Christophe Meurisse is a French stage and film director born in 1975. He started his career as a theater actor, before moving to directing plays. His first venture into cinema making was with the short film Il est des nôtres (2013). In 2016, his feature film Apnée was presented at the Cannes festival during the Critics' Week.
2013 Il est des nôtres (Short)
|Programme:||Overdrive, TIFF Digital|
|Original title:||Oranges Sanguines|
|Run time:||1h 40m|
|Screenplay:||Yohann Gloaguen, Amélie Philippe, Jean-Christophe Meurisse|
|Photo:||Javier Ruiz Gomez|
|Cast:||Christophe Paou, Lilith Grasmug, Lorella Cravotta, Olivier Saladin, Alexandre Steiger|
|Producer:||Marine Bergere, Romain Daubeach, Alice Girard|