Larrieu brothers’ (Arnard and Jean-Marie) most recent film, “Les Derniers Jours du Monde” [Eng. title: The Last Days of the World, Festival Title: Happy End] is a typically French take on the apocalypse theme – generally the preserve of Hollywood blockbusters. While the latter rely heavily on grand special effects to propel the story, ‘Dernier Jours’ uses it sparingly and to good effect, instead devoting considerable attention to the people’s mindset as the calamity unfolds.
It is essentially a road movie, where the protagonist – aptly named Robinson, wanders through France and Spain searching for the woman he wants to spend his last few days with, Laetitia, while people keep dropping like flies all around him. We get to know about Laetitia through a jigsaw of flashbacks. He holds faith that she is still alive, somewhere, as those who abducted her surely needed her to be. The film doesn’t delve into the happening cataclysm, merely depicting things happening within Robinson’s vicinity, and that too in the background. The film audience go through a surreal experience, just as anyone living the apocalypse would undergo. Surprisingly for a bleak film, it also has its lighter moments, when we are shown examples of absurdity only capable by humans. I think this film’s a unique cinematic experience, and definitely Recommended Viewing.
Compilation 1: Omahyra Mota
We are shown through flashbacks, the purpose behind Robinson’s quest – to find the woman he loves, former barmaid Laetitia, played by Latin American born model, Omahyra Mota.
Compilation 2: Catherine Frot, Karin Viard, and Clotilde Hesme
All these scenes happen in the film’s present time. Robinson has lost one of his hands, and these are his experiences as the world is coming to a violent end.