MISE À DAY
Even if he has been more talked about for his many escapades in recent years, Gérard Depardieu rarely disappoints when he defends a new role on the big screen. In Robuste, the first feature film by filmmaker Constance Meyer, the sacred monster of French cinema delivers a moving performance in the shoes of an actor aging.
Presented at the Critics' Week of the Cannes Film Festival, in May 2021, Robusterecounts the daily life of Georges (Depardieu), a disillusioned movie star who no longer has a taste for anything. Anxious and tired, he must continually rely on Lalou (Steve Tientcheu), his faithful driver and bodyguard, to help him overcome his loneliness and put his life in order.
Gérard Depardieu and Déborah Lukumuena in the film Robuste.
The day Lalou is forced to leave for a few weeks for family reasons, he will be replaced by Aïssa (Déborah Lukumuena), a young security guard from a modest background. Coming from two totally different worlds, the two new accomplices will have to learn to live alongside each other on a daily basis.
It will come as no surprise to learn that French filmmaker Constance Meyer wrote the two main roles of her film especially for Gérard Depardieu and Déborah Lukumuena.
As its title suggests, Robuste lingers to depict the vulnerability that hides behind these two beings with imposing builds. The director managed to film with great tenderness the immense fragility that emerges from this character of an actor at the end of his career, portrayed with accuracy and self-mockery by a Depardieu in great shape. A nice surprise.
► Robust: ★★★☆☆
► A film by Constance Meyer
► With Gérard Depardieu, Déborah Lukumuena and Steve Tientcheu. Featured.