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Comedy, Drama

A retiree battles to obtain his rightfully due pension. Read more …

The critical consensus

The result is engaging and frequently hilarious but leaves a slight suspicion that the [directors'] move towards the mainstream has blunted some of the spiky irreverence of their previous work.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, The List, 17/05/2011

There aren't as many belly laughs as in the director's Louise-Michel but Depardieu brings a touching vulnerability to Serge.

***(*)(*)Tom Dawson, Total Film, 25/05/2011

This take on the pitfalls of retirement is toothless drivel.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Julian White, Little White Lies, 02/06/2011

A funny, sad and weird road movie starring Gérard Depardieu in a pungent role.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 02/06/2011

Depardieu may always be worth a look, but this film is not.

Paul Greenwood, 02/06/2011

A comedy drama that begins well before taking an unwelcome detour into the surreal.

***(*)(*)Daily Record, 03/06/2011

There's something a little lazy and overly familiar about this.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 04/06/2011

Intermittently very funny.

Philip French, The Observer, 05/06/2011

The film is a raucously anti-narcissistic triumph for its star, who shows that there's still a magnificent cheval de guerre lying dormant inside the ragged old pantomime horse.

Jonathan Romney, The Independent on Sunday, 05/06/2011

Told with a dry wit Mammuth benefits enormously from the star presence of a long-haired, loutish Depardieu who looks like Hagrid from Harry Potter but convinces that there is a gentler soul buried beneath years of regrets and disappointments.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 03/06/2011

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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