Incredible But True

Incredible But True ★★★

NZIFF #1

Like all of Quentin Dupieux's films, Incredible But True is a short dose of high concept absurdism delivered as deadpan as possible.

A middle-aged middle-class couple (Alain Chabat and Léa Drucker) buy their first ever house, a nice two storey place in the suburbs with a secret in the basement: A hatch in the floor with a ladder leading straight down into darkness and which ends up in the master bedroom on the top floor. The real estate agent tells them that going down this ladder will advance time by 12 hours, and also make them 3 days younger.

Practically as soon as they've moved in, Marie (Drucker) begins to spend most of her time repeatedly climbing through the hatch. It starts as a novelty, but soon becomes an obsession. Alain (Chabat) is similarly dealing with middle-aged body image issues and a crisis of masculinity. His boss has just had a robot penis installed to help please his younger girlfriend, and is very open about how great this change has been for his sex life and sense of masculinity.

In pretty typical Dupieux fashion, Incredible But True is consistently amusing, but never quite lives up to the Twilight Zone-esque premise. Its commentary on our attempts to transcend aging are sharp about as often as they are obvious. Luckily, Dupieux's films are short enough that even a less inspired effort doesn't feel like a waste of time.

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