“La Grande Bouffe” Review

13 February, 2017

Year of Release: 1973
Director: 
Marco Ferreri
Screenwriters: 
Marco Ferreri, Rafael Azcona
Director of Photography: 
Mario Vulpiani
Cast: 
Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret

Synopsis: A group of wealthy men reaping the benefits of a comfortable middle class existence agree to take a trip to the countryside where they proceed to eat themselves to death while in the company of a three prostitutes.

La Grande Bouffe Review:

A barefaced take on the dysfunctionality of comfortable living, “La Grande Bouffe” is a wasteful film about wasteful people whose self-made malady is their refusal to see outside the scope of their privileged existence. Dissatisfied and ready to die, the film’s protagonists splash out on the finest wine, meat, and prostitutes, treating their various indulgences as interchangeable items within a miserable turntable of death.

Although the specifics of the film’s anti-bourgeois standpoint are somewhat lost on the consumers of today, “La Grande Bouffe” is so thoroughly disdainful in its depiction of the egotism, boredom, and middle class misery that comes with wealth that its message only grows stronger in times of prosperity. Like a satirical comic strip mocking the very essence of the post-war First World, the movie showcases the darker side of affluence as the most seemingly content in society wallow in misery and depression, relocating to an unused vacation spot and putting their money into a luxury feast with the sole intention of binge-eating their way to death.

Filled with filth and flatulence, “La Grande Bouffe” is the very definition of debauchery and it bathes in self-pity as its characters find ways to mark their final moments with indigestion and dissipation, stuffing their gastritis-ridden stomachs while seeking out their final fleeting pleasures. Like a sickening alternative to Buñuel’s “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie,” the movie is entirely sardonic in its intentions, becoming a vivid metaphor for the ungratefulness that consumes the life of the everyday narcissist.

 

   

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