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Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq (L'enlèvement de Michel Houellebecq)
Famously reclusive novelist Michel Houllebecq pokes fun at himself in this offbeat comedy directed by Guillaume Nicloux, which mischievously blends fact and fiction. In 2011, during the tour for his book The Map And The Territory, Houllebecq vanished without trace and his disappearance sent social media into overdrive. Various theories spread like wildfire, from alien abduction to a terrorist plot masterminded by al-Qaeda. In Nicloux's picture, three bumbling kidnappers - Ringleader Luc (Luc Schwarz) and hapless sidekicks Mathieu (Mathieu Nicourt) and Maxime (Maxime Lefrancois) - steal the writer away from his promotional tour and hide him in a remote location belonging to Luc's family. In this rural idyll, Houllebecq savours his break from reality and forms an unlikely bond with his captors.