Stuck Together (2021) aka in French 8 Rue de l’Humanité sets the stage for the Paris Lockdown during the COVID-19 Pandemic, directed by Dany Boon, written by Laurence Arné and Dany Boon and starring Dany Boon, Liliane Rovère (who also played in Call My Agent & Family Business on Netflix), and Yvan Attal. This is a hysterical, and very human comedy indeed with a good balance of dark humor and feel-good human vibes.
It was an eery time when all the streets of Paris became ghost towns due to the COVID-19 pandemic and confinement. Many Parisians fled to the country, while life in the city as we know it came to a complete halt. In this film, 7 families are indeed confined and “stuck together” or “coincés ensemble” living or co-existing in an apartment building ironically called 7 Rue de l’Humanité in the 11th arrondissement.
We meet the bistro owner who had to shut down, a so-called scientist searching for a vaccine, a hypochondriac with his lawyer wife and child, a fitness personal trainer with his pregnant partner turned internet sensation with her live songs, a self-made and self-absorbed entrepreneur with his two kids separated from his wife, the concierge filling in for his sick wife, and a mysterious woman who turns out to be an aide-soignante who works the night shift at the hospital!
We are invited into each of the families’ lives during the confinement each with their own survival and coping mechanism and quirks. At first, these neighbors quickly get on each other’s nerves and then have no choice but to act like human beings and get to know each other at first at least by their first names. Just like children, someone has to make the first move and so all these strangers will finally meet in the courtyard transformed into a café scene for l’apéro bbq to toast to life and each other!
During these three months of confinement, these characters will experience the whole spectrum of human emotions from joy, fear, anxiety, to the bond that unites them all: their humanity and learn personal life lessons to bring out the best even in the worst times.
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