Every so often a film comes along and is absolutely surprising and not at all what was expected. Nobody Else But You or Poupoupidou as I prefer is that film for me, I had my expectations on what it was about and how it may unfold but it was not at all what I thought and it was a stunning surprise on every level. I loved this film, a type of noir/crime that is certainly going to get compared to ‘Fargo’ for its ‘in the snow’ setting and Twin Peaks with that mystery angle.
Our film begins with novelist David (Jean-Paul Rouve) heading to a small town to find out whether he inherited anything off a recently deceased relative. On his way back he witnesses a body being put into an ambulance, he soon finds out the body was that of local celebrity Candice Lecoeur (Sophie Quinton), she’s the weather woman and the icon for a cheese company. Her real name was Martine Langevin, and something about her death doesn’t seem right to David, he suspects murder over suicide and goes about investigating when the local police won’t have a bar of it. He soon becomes entranced in this woman and her mystery, and the strange parallel’s between her life and that of Marilyn Monroe.
Going into this film, I knew it was about the death of a woman but I assumed the main characters knew each other and this was not the case. In life they did not meet, it is through her death that David learns about her and the narration is told from her now gone self (kind of like The Lovely Bones) and through her many diaries in which her story unfolds. There is a great back and forth with the narrative of the current events with David and the flashbacks of Martine and her transformation into local celebrity Candice.