Review of “Daaaaaali!”: A crazy film for an artist who was just as crazy

Review of “Daaaaaali!”: A crazy film for an artist who was just as crazy
Review of “Daaaaaali!”: A crazy film for an artist who was just as crazy

Quentin Dupieux has fun pastiching Salvator Dali and Luis Buñuel in this surrealist comedy carried by Anaïs Demoustier, Édouard Baer and Romain Duris.

Judith (Anaïs Demoustier) is a young novice journalist, hesitant and intrepid since she wants to interview Salvator Dali (Édouard Baer then, in turn Pio Marmaï, Jonathan Cohen, Gilles Lellouche, Didier Flamand and Boris Gillot), a sacred monster if he is one.

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Jonathan Cohen in “Daaaaaali!”

The tall man speaks of himself in the third person, complains that Judith did not have a camera ready to immortalize the interview and leaves the room. After she had convinced Jérôme (Romain Duris), a producer, of the relevance of making a documentary on the Master, and thus obtained the much-desired camera, Dali arrives on the beach in a Rolls without answering any of her questions. There is also a priest (Eric Naggar) who dreams of Dali, who wakes up realizing that he is still dreaming… and so on.

Unbridled, this Daaaaaali! gives the impression of going in all directions, an almost deceptive appearance since the filmmaker quickly gives us the sensation of apprehending reality like the painter. Without in any way claiming to be a biographical film, or even an incursion into the creative process of Salvator Dali, this amusing, sparkling and always intelligent feature film can be devoured in 77 minutes and will delight lovers of surrealist delirium and amusing innuendoes.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

The film opens on May 24.

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