Cinema: Life Is a Hospital

There is no one more serious than a character in a farce. The mirth belongs solely to the audience; if a performer cracks a smile, he crumbles the whole absurd structure. No one knows the rules better than Philippe de Broca (The Love Game, That Man from Rio). In The

Devil by the Tail, as in his previous films, the French director bends the truth but never quite breaks it, and makes sure that even during its wildest moments his comedy keeps a straight face.

In a ruined chateau, a family of French aristocrats are slowly...

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