Me Two (La personne aux deux personnes) is my second French movie for the 2009 festival. The omnipresent and very likeable Daniel Auteuil is the star of this movie, as a hapless, daggy and boring accountant who is brought to life by a stray spirit.
Jean-Christian Ranu (Daniel Auteuil) is hit by a car driven by a has-been popstar from the 1980’s Gilles Gabriel (Alain Chabat). Somehow Gilles’ spirit also enters Jean-Christian’s head, so he has to deal with having two persons in his head. Conflicts emerge because the mundane life of an accountant doesn’t fit well with hedonistic Gilles. While Jean-Christian is all stressed out because of a major presentation that he needs to do, Gilles is more interested in making a comeback using Jean-Christian’s body. Of course such situations provide a lot of laughters for this movie. Like, how will Gilles deal with Jean-Christian going to the loo? Or his early bedtime at 8.30pm? Will Jean-Christian also help Gilles check on his wife?
The movie has a lot of funny moments, and no doubt the cinema will also play this after the festival is over. Auteuil is really a chameleon as he can inhabit whatever character that is thrown at him. Some of the scenes are too OTT (over the top) for my liking and made me cringe – I won’t spoil the surprise by revealing which ones, in case you’re going to see it. If you feel like being entertained by some light french humour, Me Two may be a good option for you. If you want a smart, witty comedy, this won’t please you as much.