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JANIS AND JOHN

Director : SAMUEL BENCHETRIT

Status: Completed

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Synopsis
Short synopsis

Things look bad for Pablo. He’s got two weeks to come up with 100,000 Euros. If he fails, he loses everything: family, job, reputation, freedom. Pushed to the limits, Pablo finds a desperate solution, his cousin Léon – 70s casualty, obsessive fan of John Lennon and Janis Joplin, and hugely wealthy. If only Pablo can convince him that his idols have returned from the dead and need money…

A bold, vibrant, riotously funny comedy, evoking the suburban kitsch visuals of American Beauty and the surreal universe of Being John Malkovitch.

Long synopsis

Things are looking bad for Pablo Sterni (Sergi Lopez), insurance company employee, respectable father and

husband, and small-time embezzler. For months he’sbeen conning his client Mr. Cannon (Jean-Louis Trintignant), ˜handling™ a non-existent policy on Cannon’svirtually undriven Aston Martin and pocketing the payments. Now the car has been wrecked, and Pablo owes 100,000 Euros. He’s got two weeks to come up with the cash: a lot of money for a guy with nothing but debts to his name. If he fails, he’ll lose everything: his family, his job, his reputation, his freedom.

Pushed to the limits, Pablo finds a desperate solution: the fortune recently left to his cousin Léon (Christophe Lambert), seventies casualty and obsessive fan of John Lennon and Janis Joplin. If only Pablo can convince Léon that his idols have returned from the dead and need money – his money – to record a new song that will bring about World Peace…

He recruits Walter (Fran§ois Cluzet), a neurotic failed actor, and his own wife, Brigitte (Marie Trintignant), for whom the role of Janis provides an escape from the deadly monotony of her daily existence.

The first meeting with Léon goes well. He falls entirely for the return of his heroes and is honoured that they have chosen him to help them. But before Pablo can profit from the situation, he begins to lose control of his ‘creations’…

Celebrated theatre director Samuel Benchetrit, aided by a stellar European cast and a fantastic 70s soundtrack, has concocted a bold, vibrant and riotously funny comedy, evoking both the suburban kitsch visuals of American Beauty and the surreal universe of Being John Malkovitch.