Barbecue (2014)


Fifty year old Lambert Wilson is a typically bourgeois Frenchman, running the family firm, living it large, if healthily, with younger women on the side, when he hits a wall and has a heart attack out running with his doctor wife. He decides to reinvent the wheel and uses the warning to start smoking and generally going crazy, having a mid-life crisis which causes a chain of re-evaluation of his circle of friends. They all get together at various dinners which invariably provide opportunities for embarrassment – but happily they then decamp to a villa in Provence, which is where you want to reinvent your life, isn’t it. A nice summer evening’s entertainment from writer/director Eric Lavaine and Wilson, well, he’s wonderful. As ever.