The Suicide Shop

(Le magasin des suicides)
(France, 2012, 79 mins, DCP)
CAST Bernard Alane, Isabelle Spade, Kacey Mottet Klein, Laurent Gendron, Isabelle Giami


Business is booming at the Suicide Shop - a discreet boutique tucked away in an unnamed French city. Here Madame and Monsieur Tuvanche offer ropes, poisons, blades, pistols and their own expertise to customers who have reached the end of their tether. It’s true there is no repeat business, but in this case, that’s a point of pride. Then, disaster: Madame Tuvanche gets a surprise bundle of joy – a new baby boy so relentlessly cheerful he threatens to ruin the family business.

The first animated film from celebrated live action director (and former comic book illustrator) Patrice Leconte (Ridicule; The Man on the Train) turns out to be a whimsical black comedy worthy of Tim Burton himself, and a musical to boot.

"A mordantly macabre musical." Lisa Nesselson, Screen