"A thrilling, yet comedic mystery that doubles as a smart exposé of everyday people and their celebrity crushes"
"Gripping and ingenious.... An elegant, disturbing movie"
"Between its playful manipulation of audience expectations and the almost insouciant way it toys with the notion of guilt, Number One Fan would have tickled the likes of Alfred Hitchcock to no end"
"[Sandrine] Kiberlain offers yet another winning performance that mixes deadpan hijinks with something darker"
" This drily comic French thriller marks the feature debut of writer-director Jeanne Herry, whose deceptively calm surfaces and psychologically nuanced characterizations prove her a worthy student of Claude Chabrol"
Muriel (Sandrine Kiberlain, Alias Betty, Violette) , is a beautician and divorced mother, who has been pop singer Vincent Lacroix's (Laurent Lafitte, Bright Days Ahead) number one fan for the past two decades. Night after night, she repeatedly rushes to the front row of the singer's concert, lingering backstage for hours afterward hoping to catch a glimpse from her idol. She spends most of her free time keeping up with his new songs, attending his shows, reading gossip magazines about his private life, sending him fan mail, and even tracking him down to his house.
When Vincent shows up at her door one night, she finds herself dragged into the French pop star's suspicious case that involves her girlfriend, discovered dead under mysterious circumstances. He knows there is only one person he can trust and she cannot refuse. Unfortunately, Muriel is also a compulsive liar who loves making up fantastic stories all the time. As the groupie and her idol try to stay ahead of a pair of bickering detectives, the suspense builds as the plot twists in a film that is part comedy, part thriller and part exquisite study in manners.
Actress-turned-director Jeanne Herry has crafted a very amusing and original film that is a comic odyssey, full of surprises and insights into the price of fame, the cost of "fandom" and unlikely alliances.
Directed by Jeanne Herry, 2014, France, 105 mins. In French with English subtitles.
- MonThurs., Nov. 25 at 6:30 & 8:30 pm
$10 general admission
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