Guillaume Canet’s Rock’n’ Roll is a fine example of a type of film not often seen from French directors. This self-mocking film is a wonderful example of the genre from an actor/director not well-known for his pure comic talent. Canet is more often seen in taught thrillers like La Prochaine Fois Je Viserai le Coeur or L’Homme qu’on Aimait Trop, so it’s a pure joy to see him here poking fun at himself and real-life partner Marion Cotillard with such wild abandon. He doesn’t hold back on lampooning his actor’s ego, cinema’s obsession with youth and even takes a pot shot at the shoddy way actors are treated by casting directors à la La La Land. It works beautifully and Cotillard more than matches Canet for making fun of her image in the media of a serious, slightly manic actress. Canet has roped in some familiar faces to play along with the gag including Gilles Lellouche, popular stand-up comedian Kev Adams and Yvan Attal most recently seen camping it up in Dany Boon’s Raid: Dingue. Even aged rocker Johnny Hallyday makes an appearance alongside his wife Laetitia, although it’s difficult to play the caricature of an elderly rock star when that’s already clearly the case. Canet’s only fault is to take a good joke too far. He should have quit while he was ahead and made the film a good 25 minutes shorter.