Watching a good French film during this rainy weather would suck up your frustrations over delayed plans and missed appointments – except that the movie is about a family who sells anything necessary to commit suicide.
The Suicide Shop (2012) is a concoction of everything you would ask for in a film. This novel-adapted dark comedic French animated musical tells the story of the Tuvache family running a lucrative suicide shop until things take turn when a happy, cheerful son was born in the kin.
“Alan! How many more times do I have to tell you? We do not say “see you soon” to customers when they leave our shop. We say “goodbye”, because they won’t be coming back, ever.”
-Lucrèce Tuvache, The Suicide Shop
Patrice Leconte, its director, has risked and dared to produce a grim tale by serving everything on the plate. Combining musical and animation into showing a horrifying death is a bold move only an ever-diverse director can pull off. Its good animation goes along with the theme really well. It has the Tim Burton and Cartoon Network vibe with a much more colorful aesthetic. It also has a weird side story but the whole plot is not too heavy to comprehend.
The animation was nominated for the Young Audience Category in the European Film Awards. Although not suitable for kids, the movie is nonetheless entertaining with its deep, darkly humorous approach to death by killing oneself.
Note: Suicide is no laughing matter. It may appear that this film threads suicide as comical and amusing but actually, it does the opposite. It reminds me that the world maybe falling apart but a single bit of hope and kindness makes a difference. 🙂