Bobo Noir, Film
Jeff Norman contacted me and said, “You will love Bobo Noir.” Well, I loved Bobo Noir, which is why I’m touting the horn of this short indie movie. It’s fresh, funny, amusing, and original at the same time.
You can watch it here: jeffnormanfilms.com
Bobo is the name of a French pastry arts dropout who is banished from his family olive fortune and decides to try his chances at Hollywood. His favorite comedian is John Belushi and he dreams of soaring like him. In Hollywood, everybody stars in his own dream, even a real French Bobo, although it happens that he is black (Pourquoi pas). Bobo Noir est un film de rêves.
Jeff Norman had the idea of the movie when he visited France in 2011 and had some interesting encounters with les bobos. (A bobo is a spoiled Parisian brat/a hipster.) He directed the movie and plays Bobo. He said that Bobo Noir is “not a comedy per se, but rather a character study with a comedic heartbeat.”
Bobo is an original, but he doesn’t know it. He has left France behind but, sadly, not his parents – he has inner dialogues with them throughout the movie. His naiveté and innocence are rare gems in Hollywood, and they turn out be his greatest assets. As like attracts like, he finds some goofy Southern California characters who help him get closer to his dream — the homeless man who knows where the hottest comedy club in town is, the spiritual master turned comedy teacher, the vintage store girl, who spots the “fresh off the boat character” and gives him some good advice and addresses.
If you watch the movie, you’ll know what the difference between a Californian and a Parisian is and what the color of a green card is—probably one of the funniest moments of the movie. Jeff Norman mimics an artful French accent, which adds to the cultural twist of the movie and makes for some great laughable moments. The movie is in English and French with subtitles. And what about La Fin? Can a Bobo succeed in Hollywood? You have to watch the movie to see what happens.
In the meantime, I’ll tell you who Jeff Norman is. According to his own description, he is the “definitive Francophile who lives and breathes French culture, taking influence from such sources as Truffaut and Godard and La Nouvelle Vague to “la tecktonik” dance craze and popular webseries like Norman Fait Des Vidéos.” And I would add that he is one talented Bobo Noir.
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