Here is the quintessential Mouret joke, and one that encompasses his worldview as seen in his films: In Fais-moi plaisir!, Mouret enters a hi-tech elevator and an electronic voice asks him which floor he wants. He replies in a variety of ways, but the automated voice does not follow his instructions and the elevator remains motionless. Eventually he thinks to add “S’il vous plaît” to his floor request. The doors shut and he’s on his way.
Mouret, like many great auteurs, can be enjoyed piecemeal but is understood best within the totality of his works. Having now seen all of his circulating films, I have discovered a sensitive, insightful, witty, lowkey, and above all else pleasant filmmaker. Mouret’s movies, most of which star himself, a lovable nice guy with a non-threatening hangdog face and demeanor, are focused on and concerned with the fundamental decency of people. I think the word “humanist” gets thrown around a lot, sometimes at directors I’m not convinced merit it, but Mouret’s treatment of his subjects is one of invested moral weight and optimism. This is never necessary to make a great film or be a great filmmaker, and indeed many if not most directors I love do not share this concern. But Mouret is giving us a body of work that stands with something like Friday Night Lights in showing us a blueprint of how people should interact with each other.
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