A 60-year-old steals a Goya painting from a museum, but his motivation is altruistic.
"The Duke" reveals a deliciously British true story.
Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent lead the dance in this light entertainment like a drop of milk in a cup of tea.
What could have gone through the mind of a friendly sixty-year-old taxi driver to steal a painting by Goya from a museum?
This is what Roger Michell's
says , which evokes a delusional news item that did indeed take place in England in the early 1960s.
The brave man did not act to enrich himself but to blackmail the English government and force it to abandon the project to make pay television for pensioners.
“The story had made noise at the time, confides the director to RTBF, but it was forgotten like a jewel at the bottom of a river while it gives an amazing film subject that screenwriter Nicky Bentham made shine again.
The filmmaker, who we owe
to Notting Hill
, is good at directing actors and creating tasty duets.
Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren make a delightful couple: he as the thief, she as his wife who thinks he's lost his mind.
Roger Michell highlights his actors with communicative jubilation by following the trial of this Everyman who has become an ace in the courtroom when explaining his gesture.
His relationship with his wife is also a source of pleasing passes of arms as the complicity between the two actors is palpable.
And the happiness of seeing the hero beat the pawn to the authorities with a charm so British puts like a balm on the heart of the spectator.
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