Director: Trevor Graham
Genre: Documentary Feature
Country: Australia, Germany, France, USA
Running Time: 95 min
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Variety calls MONSIEUR MAYONNAISE an “eye-catching, engrossing romp,” and we could not agree more! Australian filmmaker-artist Philippe Mora traces his family’s incredible story of survival by taking viewers along on his flavor-rich, cross-continental journey through time.
In his eye-popping documentary, the French-born filmmaker storyboards his wildly colorful graphic novel while recounting the remarkable feats of his German-Jewish father during his stint working for the French Resistance. Meanwhile, between mixing colors and dabbing his paintbrush onto canvas after canvas, Mora introduces his equally impressive French-Jewish mother, whose own story of miraculously escaping the gas chambers is riveting. Structured as a tongue-in-cheek mystery in which Mora plays the role of film noir detective, the director references the growing popularity of the Holocaust mystery genre while adding on to it with his own characteristic flair. Without giving away how mayonnaise fits into Mora’s fascinating narrative, it is safe to mention that the big reveal involves the cooperation of the legendary Marcel Marceau.
Divulged through Mora’s graphic novel, expert use of archival imagery, and his natural knack for telling good stories, these immensely enjoyable scenes are definitely worth the price of admission in eggs, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, vegetable oil, and a pinch of salt!
Special Guests: Dr. Henri Parens, Professor of Psychiatry at Thomas Jefferson University and Training & Supervising Analyst (Adult and Child) at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia.
For Fans of: Comedies, documentaries, family history, film noir, graphic novels, Marcel Marceau, memoirs, Philippe Mora, quirky art, WWII cinema
Official Selection: Berlin International Film Festival and Toronto Jewish Film Festival
Reviews: “Frequently fascinating… an eye-catching, engrossing romp…” (Jay Weissberg, Variety)