Beineix's film ('5' because it's his fifth, 'IP' for Isle aux Pachydermes) is another idiosyncratic slice of hard-edged romantic whimsy, which sees a pair of Paris delinquents - a graffiti artist and his very young black pal - head south in search of escape and/or love. Down in Toulouse, they come across Montand's asylum-escapee shaman, a man who talks to the trees and walks on water, but carries a gun. It looks great - urban reds, moon blues and forest greens - and is replete with the usual chic irony and cinematic pyrotechnics. Well acted, too, especially by the two juve leads, Martinez and Sall. It was Montand's last film, and he is visibly - and movingly - dying. A likeable film, but whether it adds up to much is up to you.
Cast and crew
|Screenwriter:||Jean-Jacques Beineix, Jacques Forgeas|