Four friends, played by international superstars Marcello Mastroianni, Michael Piccoli, Ugo Tognazzi and Philippe Noiret retreat to a country mansion where they determine to eat themselves to death whilst engaging in group sex with prostitutes and a local school teacher (Andrea Ferreol), who seems to be up for anything... At once jovial and sinister, the film's jet-black humour has a further twist as the reputed actors (whose characters use their own names) buck their respectable trend for a descent into fart-filled chaos that delivers a feast for the eyes and mind.
A valid and thoughtful film
- La Grande Bouffe review by RD
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This combines the appetites of food and sex in a clever and inspired film of over-indulgence. The characters are well mixed and the interplay between them works so well.
The house is beautiful, outside and inside with sumptuous decor that suits the plot, and the constant detail of which food goes with what and how it should be served is done to a degree only the French could master.
A lot of the film is quite disturbing (quite right considering the suicidal nature of the film), but it goes with the plot and nothing is out of place.
This may not be to everyone's taste, but it's one of those films that if you make an effort to go along with it, you will be repaid with insights and a well-told story.