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News from Planet Mars (2016)

Des nouvelles de la planète Mars (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 9 March 2016 (France)
Philippe Mars is a pleasant 40-something whose meeting with a psychotic college friend who is in search of love profoundly changes his life.


Dominik Moll


Dominik Moll (scenario), Gilles Marchand (scenario)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
François Damiens ... Philippe Mars
Vincent Macaigne ... Jérôme
Veerle Baetens ... Chloé
Jeanne Guittet Jeanne Guittet ... Sarah Mars
Tom Rivoire Tom Rivoire ... Grégoire Mars
Michel Aumont ... Le père
Catherine Samie ... La mère
Philippe Laudenbach ... Le vieux voisin
Olivia Côte Olivia Côte ... Fabienne Mars, alias Xanaé
Léa Drucker ... Myriam
Julien Sibre Julien Sibre ... Gordon
Olivier Faliez Olivier Faliez ... L'homme au chien
Eric Bougnon Eric Bougnon ... Le père de Roxane
Gaspard Meier-Chaurand ... Clément
Olivier Galzi Olivier Galzi ... Le présentateur TV


Philippe Mars is a pleasant 40-something whose meeting with a psychotic college friend who is in search of love profoundly changes his life.

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Quirky French comedy about family bonds and self respect. Slowburning, gentle and occasionally incredibly funny.
25 January 2019 | by imseegSee all my reviews

The French are quite good at these subtle melancholic comedies, which are mostly funny because of the bizarre conflicts people get themselves into. This picture is about a nice and very kind man, who gets suckered into giving shelter to a mentally disturbed collegue who had accidentally attacked him with an axe at work. Yes, you read it correctly. Sounds bizarre, yet despite the (accidental) axe attack this kind and gentle father of two kids, decides to take the mentally disturbed collegue into his house anyway. Then (hilarious) troubling events start occuring when this mental patient starts taking over the household. The household disasters are building up in ever more hilarious severity.

The core of this story has a true to life ring to it, basically portraying (with witty detail) a divorced father, who is trying to raise his two teenage kids as good as he can. Things get really complicated though when the mentally disturbed collegue is overstaying his welcome in his house. Just a lovely quirky French melancholic comedy, best suited for an arthouse audience or for those who love this typical French kind of understated humor.

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