French with English Subtitles
Director: Alain Attal
Starring: Guillaume Canet (Love Me Of You
Dare), Benoit Poelvoorde, Francois Berleand, Zabou Breitman
RunTime: 1 hr 50 mins
Released By: Cathay-Keris Films
Rating: M18 (Some Sexual Scenes)
Date: 6 April 2006
Klopp is a sleepyhead. He has narcolepsy and nods off at times
of stress and emotion. To his wife Pam - the get-ahead manicurist
and best buddy Lenny the Van Damme-wannabe, be's a good-natured
dope. To his shrink Samuel Pupkin and retro stand-up Guy Bennet,
he's a potential goldmine. For Gus has a hidden talent and
an alter ego whose adventures he relates in sensational comic-books.
When Gus saws logs, in his dreams, he becomes Gustave Klopp,
in 1999, in the movie, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, one of
the clients that Deuce Bigalow (Rob Schneider) was serving,
often fell asleep at inappropriate times and places, mostly
occurring without any warnings. That female client was diagnosed
with Narcolepsy: a neurological condition that can be easily
diagnosed but medical treatments for the underlying cause
is rarely possible.
imagine a movie that focuses solely on one such person who
has narcolepsy and you have "Narco: The Secret Adventures
of Gustuv Klopp". A movie that is about the daily narcolepsy
episodes that Gus (Guillaume Canet) has to go through and
how it affects the people around him.
the "blackout" moments that Gus experiences are
very often what we, the movie viewers, day dream about, being
the leader of an all out military war in the desert, dodging
laser beams in a intergalactic space dogfights and even a
ballistic shootout with the authorities. During the dream
sessions that Gus goes through in his narcolepsy episodes,
he is invincible and in short, having the time of his life.
in reality, all is not that swell. A quick run through in
his life reveals pretty much how his disability disconnects
him from the real world. His disability renders him with much
difficulty in finding and particularly holding on to a job.
private life is equally bad as he keeps blacking out during
all those emotional and intimate moments. Money is running
low and a wife that is not emotionally fulfilled, Gus' household
is in dire straits.
out of the blue, one of Gus' dreams inspires him to explore
a talent that he has had all along since young: the ability
to draw. Combing his skills and the imaginative dreams that
he has, he is able to weave it into spectacular comic books.
It is the answer to all the problems that Gus and his family
his wife doesn't share the foresight of his gift and instead,
in a bid to cure him, sends him to a psychology help group.
The psychiatrist-in-charge who happens to be a rejected artist
however recognizes Gus’ talent and chooses to exploit
it in the most unexpected manner. And thus Gus' real life
adventures begin. As farfetched as his dreams are, his real
life encounters becomes just as unusual as his dreams.
Canet who was last seen in Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas) and
Jeux d'enfants (Love Me If You Dare) delivered a creditable
performance here. In one moment, he is the clean-shave hero
saving the world and in the next, he is a sloppy slacker that
is in desperate need of a good slap to wake him up.
The other highlight of this movie belongs to the very unique
individuals surrounding the main protagonist. His dad is a
loafer whose wife left him, as she couldn't stand him doing
nothing the whole day. His best friend, Lanny (Benoit Poelvoorde)
is a Jean Claude Van Damme fanatic who lives with the delusion
that he will be the next action star. His wife, Paméla
(Zabou Breitman) is a nail expert who could tell so much about
one person just by looking at the way their nails are painted.
those that are close to Gus, this movie is also littered with
other distinctive hilarious characters that light up this
movie. Characters beside the envious psychiatrist, a successful
publisher, who is also a failed stand-up comedian, and a pair
of figure skating assassins blur the line of reality and make
one wonder if Gus is dreaming it up all again.
another highlight of the movie would be the appearance of
“The Muscles from Brussels" Jean Claude Van Damme
as himself, providing "inspirational" teachings
in the most unexpected manner that will crack up even the
the only fault of the movie was its anti-climatic ending.
Given that it has a more realistic feel to it but as there
are far too much momentum building for the main character,
the ending felt as though it came to a stop a tad too soon.
But other than that, Narco is in its essence a suffering from
Narcolepsy, often containing many little pieces of joy combined
with over-the-top movie sequences, the dark human nature and
comedic episodes, making one wonder if reality can be as castle
building as it is.
zany comedy, part serious drama and definitely an intriguing
by Richard Lim Jr