The first one was a French film.
Francois Pignon (Daniel Auteuil), a forty-something accountant for a contraceptive manufacturer, becomes suicidal when he learns he is about to lose his job. With a wife who left him and a 16-year-old son who avoids him, work is the center of Francois' sad, boring life.
But things change when his psychologist neighbor persuades him to masquerade as a gay man to save his job.
Directed by Francis Veber. With Gérard Depardieu. Categories: Comedy, Foreign Film. Year: 2001.
This movie was entertaining enough, but I was glad it was free.
I always enjoy foreign films that are in French, as I can actually understand parts of it without reading the subtitles, which is always fun.
After that, I watched a documentary.
|Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead|
100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn't end well—with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn't far behind. FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe's personal mission to regain his health.
With doctors and conventional medicines unable to help long- term, Joe turns to the only option left, the body's ability to heal itself. He trades in the junk food and hits the road with juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for the next 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe has one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle.
While talking to more than 500 Americans about food, health and longevity, it's at a truck stop in Arizona where Joe meets a truck driver who suffers from the same rare condition. Phil Staples is morbidly obese weighing in at 429 lbs; a cheeseburger away from a heart-attack. As Joe is recovering his health, Phil begins his own epic journey to get well.
What emerges is nothing short of amazing – an inspiring tale of healing and human connection. Part road trip, part self-help manifesto, FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD defies the traditional documentary format to present an unconventional and uplifting story of two men from different worlds who each realize that the only person who can save them is themselves.
This documentary was interesting and inspiring enough, but at what may have been approaching the climax in the movie, I clicked on something during one of the short commercials that took me out of the movie, and I couldn't get back without going back to the beginning and trying to find where it had cut off. And I simply didn't do it. Things that make you go, "Hmmmm."