Michel Houellebecq, the controversial philosopher and writer, branded by the media as a xenophobe, racist and misogynist and at the same time considered the best French novelist alive by the critics, with novels such as Les particules élémentaires (Atomised, 1998), Plateforme (Platform, 2001) and La possibilité d’une île (The possibility of an island, 2005) reconciles with cinema after some failed attempts, with this mockumentary, a winner in the Tribeca Festival (Best Screenplay and Best Narrative Feature).

Under the orders of the director of the thriller La poulpe (Guillaume Nicloux), Houellebecq plays himself to show us what supposedly happened to him when, in the middle of a promotional campaign for one of his novels, he disappeared off the face of the earth for a while. And here is where the story becomes a delight for its eccentricity. Three characters that could have been taken out of one of his books (a former bodyguard, a body builder and a wrestler) abduct him and take him to his parents’ house and hold him prisoner with his parents. To kill time they sit at a table consuming copious food and too much alcohol. They talk about several subjects like literature, martial arts and body building, always with the victim in cuffs of course. The best part is the gift he receives while detained, a prostitute from the village who ends up joining their fun after-dinner conversations. 

An exquisite movie that will delight movie buffs, intellectuals and dark humour fans and with which Houellebecq thrashes the media in passing.

Release date in Spain: August 29th