Directed by: Claude Faraldo
Starring: Michel Piccoli (Themroc), Beatrice Romand (Themroc’s sister/daughter), Marilù Tolo (Secretary), Francesca Romana Coluzzi (Neighbor-wife), Jeanne Herviale (Mother), Coluche (Neighbor-husband), Patrick Dewaere (Worker)
Country: France, Effed Up French Films
Genres: Bizarre-Absurdist, Cannibalism, Incest, Family
Plot – Spoilers:
Themroc is a balding Frenchman who suffers the drudgery of being alive as a small cog in the working-class wheel. There are a few bright moments in his life though, like when he catches glimpses of his half-naked sister/daughter. These are however often quickly dullened by the appearance of his frazzled mother who never fails to remind him that he’ll be late for work if she didn’t prod him along.
Then one day, Themroc shores up his room with blocks of stone, building himself a cave, and decides he’s gonna live like a stone-age man.
The language in Themroc is interesting. There are no distinct words or language spoken through the film and muffled words appropriately litter the din of the have-not rabble Themroc is a part of. So in a way, well before he turns into a caveman, Themroc is already one, who just happens to be living in relatively modern times. When the haves talk, the words are refined, almost enough to resemble a language. But this changes to gruff sounds when they interact with the have-nots and French as a language appears only on signboards.