Fantasia Review: Incredible but True

Alain and Marie

Let’s be honest, there are very few of us who don’t have a midlife crisis in one way or another. For most people it might entail buying a completely new wardrobe or a sudden interest in grime music, but others take it to the nth degree. Almost having the equivalent of a nervous breakdown, leaving their old life behind or completely trying to makeover their whole life. In Incredible but True, the very boundaries of scientific understanding are tested.

Alain (Alain Chabat) and Marie (Léa Drucker) are moving into a new house in a quiet suburb. At first glance, this property doesn’t look too appealing, but it has a unique feature. There’s a duct in the basement which defies the rules of time and space. While she decides that this is a perfect opportunity to regain her youth and have the modelling career she always wanted, he’s too busy working long days for his boss (Benoît Magimel) to spare it a thought. Now there’s a man with a few technological issues of his own.  

By now, we know what to expect from a Quentin Dupieux film and Incredible but True does not disappoint. He takes a completely ludicrous premise and has a lot of fun with it. Making serious points while, at the same time, having a whale of a time. The cast is great and really play along with the madness, but it’s the clever writing which makes it work. Creating something which is Incredible but True and firmly grounded within a relationship drama.

Incredible but True screened at Fantasia Film Festival.

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