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BERLINALE SPECIAL Day 5: Competition gets interesting with "Delete History", " My Little Sister" and "Siberia"

This could be a truly good year for Abel Ferrara and his newest art piece with William Defoe

 70th Berlinale Competition programme got a lot more interesting with films we got on the 5th festival day.  Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern presented their social media commentary comedy Delete History, Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond brought a heartbreaking family drama My Little Sister, while Abel Ferrara amazed and shocked audience and critics with his latest psychoanalytical dream drama Siberia (link for a separate review).

Delete History, a film by French comedy duo Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern, set in a provincial, sleepy suburb follows three Gen X-ers underdog friends sick of all the CAPTCHA’s, upgrade-to-premium-account offers and all the other painstaking idiocracy that online experience brings. 

 

The first of the friends Marie – starring Blance Gardin – has a strange sex tape that she wouldn’t like her child to see, then there is Christine – starring Corinne Masiero – is a one-star uber driver that just freaks out every single one of her customers and the last of them Bertrand – starring Denis Podalydes- is a caring father that wants to bring to the end cyberbullying of his teenage daughter, that doesn't really get how his behaviour might have affected what is happening to her. The trio is sick of it all, and they are ready to change this broken world of sensation and quick dirty online scams.

 

Truth to be told, as much as the premise of the film is a fertile ground to build a social commentary comedy there is just something that director duo Delépine and Kervern are missing out here. The thing they are missing is that their protagonists are crushed by the time, selfish Gen X, representatives that are struggling to admit the world is changing.  

 

In a painstakingly long 110 minutes runtime, this cheap and monotonous comedy takes all the social media stereotypes and blends them into the egoistic voyage of Gen X-ers. Nevertheless, as dull as Delete History is it also feels familiar and relatable more than anyone viewing it would like to admit.