Don't Let Me Die on a Sunday (1999) from The Realist
|I can't begin to tell you how bad this
Do you remember Jean-Marc Barr? He's the guy from Luc Besson's "The Big Blue" who ... how shall I put this delicately? Let's just say that, unlike Luca Brazzi, when he sleeps with the fishes, he doesn't go right to sleep, if you catch my drift.
particular movie he doesn't have any fish to fuck, but
he's in luck - he has a job in a morgue, and corpses are
about the same temperature as fish, so ......
Everything goes pretty well for him until he gives a hot beef injection to Elodie Bouchez's corpse. She likes it so much that she comes back to life, but when she does, all of a sudden he's committing a crime with a witness and a victim! Luckily for him, she decides not to press charges. Her dad not only decides not to press charges, but he says, "if I knew he had that power, I would have paid him to do it".
to have mixed feelings, however, because that night he
follows Barr and beats the hell out of him in a dark
alley, but after beating him to a pulp, he thanks him for
bringing his daughter back to life, and repeats that he
would have paid him to do it if he knew the results.
Where can the rest of the movie go from there? When you start out with necrophilia and resurrection in the first five minutes, it's not easy to "build" to a climax. Mostly they talk a lot, and make lots of ironic references. Bouchez has a hard time applying for a driver's license, because she's officially dead, and when she returns to the morgue to seek Barr, a Lazarus seeking to meet her Saviour, the other morgue attendants explain their startled expressions by pointing out to her that they don't get that many repeat customers.
Here are some actual lines of dialogue:
I was just thinking -
how hard is it to get one of those morgue jobs? It must
be the very bottom rung of the job ladder. I mean if even
if you work for McDonald's, you could fuck up and do
great harm. If you're a complete fuck-up, you could turn
off the cooler, and people could get sick, even die from
tainted meat. But what can happen if you fuck up in the
morgue? You can drop the bodies, store 'em wrong, forget
about 'em, mislabel 'em, lose 'em. Doesn't matter.
They're dead. Anybody can do this job, even the people
Too bad about her inability to get social benefits and a driver's license.
She was unfortunate to have been dead in the wrong country. In France, a lack of animation could be quite a social drawback. On the other hand, death in England would be viewed as exemplary behavior, and she probably would have received several promotions based on her excellent co-operative attitude.
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