TIP TOP / TIP TOP

SYNOPSIS
In his breakthrough film La France (2007), Serge Bozon created a singular
anachronistic war movie/musical hybrid. Tip Top similarly upends
categories: This unclassifiable policier audaciously balances slapstick
with a fiercely intelligent probing of the still-knotty legacy of colonialism.
Internal-affairs officers Esther Lafarge (Isabelle Huppert) and Sally
Marinelli (Sandrine Kiberlain) are summoned to the town of Villeneuve
to investigate the murder of an Algerian informant named Farid. The
oddly matched cops are themselves surveilled by Robert Mendès
(François Damiens) the local flic to whom Farid reported. Now grooming
a new, younger informant, Younès (Aymen Saïdi), Robert is begrudgingly
tolerated by Villeneuve’s Algerian residents, who must endure his horrible
Arabic. During his snooping, Robert will become aware of the highly
unorthodox off-duty practices of Esther and Sally; the bizarre bedroom
behavior of this law-enforcement duo provides Tip Top with most of its
bracing, askew humor. Yet while the film regards these two idiosyncratic
cops with affection, Esther and Sally are nonetheless agents of a corrupt
institution. After introducing several plot twists, Tip Top ends abruptly,
its case still unsolved. The investigation is ongoing, much like France’s
uneasy reckoning with its past.

“Smart, surprising, marvelously realized.”
—Alan Scherstuhl, The Village Voice

DIRECTOR
Serge Bozon

SCREENPLAY
Odile Barski, Serge Bozon and Axelle Ropert

CAST
François Damiens
Isabelle Huppert
Sandrine Kiberlain

GENRE Comedy
LANGUAGE Arabic, French
RUNNING TIME 106’
PRODUCTION Belgium, France, 2013
FORMAT(S) Blu-Ray, DCP, DVD

DISTRIBUTOR
Kino Lorber