FIVE, a generational feel-good movie – Review

FIVE is a film whose good atmosphere is contagious. This is the story of a group of friends who have known each other since first grade and whose dream is to be able to live together in a shared apartment one day. One of them, maintained by a wealthy father, will allow them to realize it. This is Samuel, the big-hearted optimist, played by Pierre Niney (still perfect in this role which suits him like a glove). And as long as Sam “treats”, everyone answers the call. Will it be the same when he only has his friendship to offer? It’s a situation he dreads to face, which will lead him to many adventures…

This feel-good movie also reveals four other young actors who compete in freshness and naturalness: Francois Civil (absolutely brilliant as Timothée), Margot Bancilhon, Idrissa Hanrot and Igor Gotesman, also director and screenwriter of the film! For his first feature film, Igor Gotesman has therefore set the bar high, and it is a success. Handily assuming his three hats with the same talent, he totally embarks us on an adventure from which we come out with a smile. The involvement and the pleasure taken in his work are felt. Nothing seems to have been left to chance, nor to ease, and it is certainly all this that makes FIVE a really good comedy.

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Indeed, from the script that is both funny and rhythmic, to the choice of this electrifying music, everything is thought out and mastered. The film thrills us from start to finish. And unlike many French films which tend to lack dynamism, and in which you always end up getting bored at one time or another, FIVE overflowing with twists and positive energy. It must be said thatIgor Gotesman had time to work on his copy since he had started this project by making a short film of the same name in 2011. To write the long version, he then collaborated with Mathieu Oullionscreenwriter of many comedies – such as the sympathetic Radiostars. It is therefore not surprising that humor is one of the great strengths of the film: we laugh, we smile, the valves fuse, but avoid the heaviness. Admittedly, the dialogues are often raw (even trashy) but there is finesse and intelligence in the writing. If we take the character of Timothy for example, the comic spring is in full swing because not only are his lines funny in themselves, but also because the boy contrasts with the others, resulting in equally hilarious reactions from them.

What is interesting is the singular and endearing side of each, the synergy formed by all, their complementarity, the identity of the group thus created. The result is a fairly believable group of “pals”, which could even be ours. That said, if identification is possible, it is also because the failings of reality have not been concealed and are an integral part of the film: jealousy, the inevitable conflicts linked to the presence of a girl in the middle of four boys, the fear of disappointing, the lack of self-confidence, but above all the individualism that can upset the balance of the group. The whole issue of the film is to know how far we can go out of friendship, knowing that no contract or blood tie prevents us from taking the tangent in case of difficulty. How far can the sentimental attachment, even the moral conscience of his friends, guarantee their presence when things go wrong? Do we have the right to make mistakes? Are we loved for what we are, with our qualities and our faults? It is through trials that we find the answers to these questions. With FIVE, Igor Gotesman give us theirs. He offers us an optimistic and comforting vision of friendship that makes you want to believe in it and that does good.

From the script, both funny and rhythmic, to the choice of this electrifying music, everything is thought out and mastered. FIVE delights us from start to finish.

Finally, how can we not also talk about these images that seduce us, shot mainly in a chic and sunny Paris, as well as on a paradise island. The other more “offbeat” places amuse us, always by contrast. We also let ourselves be carried away by an original soundtrack – composed by Gush, a French group halfway between rock, funk and electro – and end credits – by rapper Nekfeu – which support the positive mood and the pace of the movie.
Let’s not forget the supporting roles, which, like the first, punctuate the film with humour, audacity and modernity. the excellent Pascal Demolon is also a perfect illustration of this in a role that is, to say the least, crazy…

You would have understood it, FIVE is a film that has what it takes to arouse enthusiasm and it’s a safe bet that comedy lovers will be won over. However, if the film is aimed at a fairly large audience, not sure that the older ones will be passionate about the peregrinations and many salacious (but so realistic) replicas of this happy group of friends. As for the youngest (-12 years old), for similar reasons relating to the “immodesty” of certain words or scenes, as well as a form of complacency linked to the consumption of illicit substances, it would perhaps be more appropriate to take them to see something else…

Stephanie Ayache


• Exit : March 30, 2016

• Achievement : Igor Gotesman

• Main actors :Pierre Niney, Francois Civil, Margot Bancilhon, Idrissa Hanrot

• Duration : 1h42min

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