Fabrice Eboué’s Some Like It Rare is a well-done dark comedy that will have audiences begging for seconds.
French filmmaker, Fabrice Eboué, brings his dark-comedy Barbaque stateside under the catchy title Some Like it Rare. The film follows Vincent and Sophie Pascal, married butchers struggling with their shop, marriage, and lives in general. Their shop is vandalized by vegetarians, and when talking to some friends, who also own a butcher shop that is far more successful, they don’t get any support. On the drive home, they see one of the vandals who ransacked their shop and accidentally killed him. While trying to get rid of the body for evidence, they accidentally serve some of the meat to a customer, who absolutely loves it and changes their life forever.
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Some Like it Rare is an absolutely wild ride. I’m willing to try most things. I have had that coffee made from the bird that has to poop pit the beans first, a number of different insects, and Taco Bell still doesn’t wreck my system even in my 30s. But the thought of human flesh turns my gut. However, I would be lying if Some Like it Rare didn’t make it look good. In the film, they said the vegan meat was Iranian Pork and got to the price of 60 Euros a Kilo. It was a real delicacy for all those who tried it.
But despite the flavor and the riches, the vegan meat brought the Pascals, the thrill and excitement are what kept it going.
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Some Like it Rare really sticks the landing because of its grounded nature. An empty nest married couple who have settled into a routine and have begun resenting each other for not aspiring is very relatable thread. Marina Fois’ Sophie wonderfully captures a woman who hates the man she loves. She is often mean and condescending to outright cruel to Fabrice Eboué’s Vincent. However, it’s not just mean for the sake of being mean, it’s as if it is her only way of being able to motivate him. The things she says and does is to get him to do the opposite.
While not the greatest. way to inspire, it does often work and you can see her heart swell when Vincent is the man she knows he can be.
Fabrice Eboué’s Vincent acts as the audience’s perspective character. Life is just kind of happening to him. And things just happen. Even when things are happening, Vincent doesn’t want them to. However, there is a shift where he begins to stop resisting and start riding the waves. There’s a complete change in his character, the way he moves, the way stands, and the way he talks. He’s done letting things happen, and he begins to take control. It’s a wonderful performance that will win audiences over. If you think you can’t root for a cannibal, Fabrice Eboué will prove you can.
Through Vincent, audiences can also support Fois’ Sophie, but it is entirely dependent on her being on the same team as Vincent. Sophie dives into the whole situation a lot more willingly and maniacally than Vincent does. She may not have been the reason it got started, but she is entirely the reason it goes to where it goes. Vincent doesn’t quite ever project the vibe of a psychopathic killer, despite the numerous kills he achieves. Sophie on the other hand radiates it. It’s a polarizing dynamic that really lets the film go crazy while still feeling grounded. It also allows you to think there’s a possibility for redemption. Even though you know there’s not.
What also helps the Pascals remain the heroes of the movie is that the worst of vegetarians are highlighted in this movie. It is everything that often turns people off and causes them to double down on their carnivorous ways. While there is some exaggeration, the accuracy of what is projected by a large number of vegetarians is undeniable. This is a French Film, and the same unflattering stereotypes of vegetarians are equally identifiable and relatable for an entirely American audience. It’s nice knowing that we share so much in common with the French and that we deal with almost exactly the same problems.
Though, I’m hoping the way Sophie and Vincent deal with vegetarians is limited to the fiction of this story and does not become a shared experience across two countries.
How do you take your steak? Some Like it Rare while others well-done, but regardless now will be disappointed. Some Like it Rare is a wild and thoroughly f****d up dark comedy that will have audiences guiltily laughing and considering the taste of human flesh. It is maliciously morbid, but a damn fun time. It is not a film for everyone. But for fans of dark comedy, slasher films, and with a particularly morbid sense of humor, Some Like it Rare will your new favorite dish. It has a lot of heart, in many ways, and a handful of surprises that will keep audiences engaged from start to finish. I give Some Like it Rare a 4/5.
About Some Like It Rare
Release Date: Playing in select theaters and available on Video-On-Demand October 14, 2022
Directed by: Fabrice Eboué
Written by: Fabrice Eboué, Vincent Solignac
Produced by: David Gauquié and Julien Deris/Cinéfrance Studios
Cast: Fabrice Éboué, Marina Foïs, Jean-Francois Cayrey, Lisa Do Couto Texeira, Victor Meutelet, Stephane Soo Mongo, Virginie Hocq and Christophe Hondelatte
Butchers Vincent and Sophie’s business is going under and their relationship is on the rocks. But their lives are changed forever when Vincent accidentally kills a vegan activist vandalizing their store. To get rid of the corpse, he butchers the body and Sophie accidentally sells the meat. Never has their product been more successful with their customers to the extent that they just might be tempted to kill again…
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