Fantasia 2017 : Ron Goossens, Low Budget Stuntman (Netherlands)

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for Cinetalk.net

The humor is straight forward and pretty vulgar in Ron Goossens, Low Budget Stuntman. It works several times and fails at others. This silly comedy is directed by Dutch duet Steffen Haars & Flip Van der Kuil.

After a video of a failed stunt (he was dead drunk) becomes viral, Ron uses his new found celebrity to become a canon fodder on film sets, while trying to seduce a movie celebrity to win a bet he made with his girlfriend.

Ron Goossens, Low Budget Stuntman is a no-brainer deprived of any political correctness (there is some amusing drunk driving and failed stunts) on a very thin story (at times it just runs out of gaz) that mocks Dutch industry  with cameos from local directors and stars. Tim Haars (a regular with the directors) gives an enjoyable performance as Goossens. There is some sparks of Claude Zidi’s L’animal (1977), a French comedy in which Jean-Paul Belmondo played a Stuntman, in this without (screenwriter) Audiard’s dialogues of course…

Fun to watch with an audience.

Festival screenings:
July 22 • 9:30 PM Auditorium des diplômés de la SGWU (Théâtre Hall)-Concordia University

 

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