Mon Idole

Institute History

  • 2004 Sundance Film Festival


From the age of reality humiliation and extreme television comes a French black comedy of equally hyperkinetic energy in Mon Idole, a sardonic tale of power and manipulation in a world of high-stakes media.

The fun begins when Bastien, an ambitious, hero-worshiping production assistant, catches the eye of flamboyant and powerful producer Jean-Louis, who quickly sees potential in the young man and endeavors to give him the chance of a lifetime—hosting and producing his own show. But first there is a weekend in the country to polish the pitch; unfortunately, minor interruptions like costume parties, having sex with the boss's wife, Clara, and feeding vultures constantly come up. Maybe it's the champagne, but Bastien can't believe his luck, feeling like the big shot he's always imagined himself to be. Too soon the jig is up when the couple proposes a curious contract: Bastien will live with them as a personal court jester to amuse, relax, and entertain the powerful hosts.

There is a hilarious regal influence at work here by actor/director Guillaume Canet: The rich are buffoons, the middle-class delusional, and the masses eat it all up in a style and grace that would make even Molière proud.

— Joseph Beyer

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