Blockbuster: Netflix’s first French film to debut this January
James R | On 13, Jan 2018
Blockbuster, Netflix’s first original French film, will debut this January – and the indie comedy is determined not to live up to its name.
The movie follows Jeremy and Lola, who decide to film their everyday life in the style of a diary. The reason behind it is that Jeremy’s father has a cancer, and is bed ridden at the hospital. Through his son’s videos, he can witness first hand the young couple’s happiness, his own private favourite TV show.
But when Lola discovers that she has been a bet in a stupid game initiated by Jeremy, she leaves him, putting an end to the show. Jeremy will do everything it takes to win her back, going as far as forming a fake gang of superheroes kidnapping stars. The only ransom they’re asking for: Lola.
“If you like laughters, if like a good cry, if you like life, if you like Paris, if you like romantic comedies, if you like big blockbusters, if you like small blockbusters: you are going to like our Blockbuster,” says Netflix.
Following the production of Marseille, The Eddy, Osmosis, Fary’s Special and Gad Elmaleh’s stand-up comedies and upcoming series, the movie marks Netflix’s continuing investment in French productions. Commendably, its first French feature is the debut of an independent filmmaker, July Hygreck, with Virginie Films and Rosebud Entertainment Pictures producing and world sales handled by Other Angle Pictures. The cast includes Charlotte Gabris, Syrus Shahidi, Sylvain Quimene, Tom Hygreck, Foëd Amara, Laura Boujenah, Amaury de Crayencour and Lionel Abelanski, with the participation of Michel Gondry, Manu Katché and Youssoupha.
The film will premiere on Netflix on 24th January. Here’s a short teaser to give you a flavour of the offbeat, indie vibe: