AWL_044: Mother Schmuckers
by Lenny & Harpo Guit (2021, Belgium, 70 min., French with English subtitles)
Brussels, today. Issachar & Zabulon are two brothers in their twenties living with their mother Cashmere in a low-rent neighbourhood. They are a couple of unbearable, dung-eating losers. They are unforgivably funny as well. When they lose January-Jack, their mother’s beloved dog, they have 24 hours to find it before she will kick them out. They are constantly on the move, bumping into one colourful character after another, each more stupid than the last – including their father, the redneck Patras Familias, played by French superstar Mathieu Amalric. Mother Schmuckers (Fils de Plouc) is a trashy, bin-dipping, zany slapstick comedy, and the ultimate Christmas movie.
“A shot of John Waters’ recklessness to a national cinema that has rarely behaved this badly since MAN BITES DOG (C’est arrivé près de chez vous)” – Guy Lodge, VARIETY