Rating: 4.50 (votes: 2 )
Omar Sy … A beautiful French comedian … Omar, who coped well with the roles in the Jurassic World and 1 + 1 films, decided to play comedy again. This time he played the main role in the comedy drama “The Scam of Dr. Nock” with a scene in the 1950s, staged after the 1923 play by playwright Jules Romens “Knock, or the Triumph of Medicine”.
The Negro doctor, who plans to get rich, comes to the French village, which is picturesque and made of snow-white stones. The film is based on a satirical and adapted play by Jules Romens. The main idea of the play was that the emerging advertising techniques can make the whole village afraid of non-existent and rare diseases, thus enriching the person, as well as making him omnipotent for the weaker people who really need his help. At that time, this comedy was a great success on the theater stages of Europe. But in the version of director Lorraine Levy, this crook is not only the only negro in the city and not recognized by anyone as a doctor, which is already very problematic for Nok with his profession, but also somehow manages to make him like and treat as the best doctor of the world. And this despite his often rude actions towards the locals!
In the Marseilles Prologue, we are shown that Nok (Xi) is a swindler with heavy debts, payment of which he can barely avoid, having got a job as a doctor on board a ship. A tall forty-year-old man did not study medicine at all, but decided to start studying it after being aboard when he was able to help people who were sailing with them on the ship. Later, we see how, five years later, our hero arrives in the peaceful village of Saint-Maurice to get hold of the office of constantly sleeping Dr. Parpalayd, who is known as an amateur to write herbal teas and recommends to rest as much as possible.
Funny comedy and worthy drama
Quickly settled in the village, Nok quickly realizes that you cannot earn money there, so he uses his fraudulent tricks to advertise his arrival, and get room for patient consultations as soon as possible and score his own patient admission schedule. Then he immediately puts into practice the basic ideas of supply and demand, loading local residents with health problems. Our doctor puts patients both real and contrived diagnoses with methods of treatment that can cost them amputations of arms and legs. But no one has forgotten his debts in Marseilles, so one of Knock’s creditors soon arrives, from whom the “doctor” fled at the very beginning of the film, and he wants to reveal to the people the truth about their class doctor.
But in addition to the color of Nok’s face, which one of the characters hints at once, and then never mention him again, the film consists mainly of some bright moments. He was specially shot in a beautiful sunny French village of the 1950s, adding nostalgia about the time when almost no one had cars, the air was cleaner, and there was no artificial additives or dyes in the food. In the settlement live bright characters – prim and rich old widow (Helene Vincent); wife of a pharmacist nyfomanka (Audrey Dana); an eternally drunken postman (Christian Hekk) who only complements the flavor of such characters, so it’s very difficult to know if this crook deceives them or if they really have all these diseases. But the only thing that upsets is that Levi, who himself adapted the play for large screens, expanded the number of supporting characters from the original play and gave each character even less screen time. At the end, the residents will discover the unpleasant truth about Knock, and therefore it is certainly worth watching a movie in the cinema to see with their own eyes the reaction to the deception, and how Dr. Nok himself will react, and what he will say in his defense!
Did the director manage to make a high-quality adaptation of the play?
C certainly makes the film very funny, as it always happens. Starting from his trademark smile and charisma to honesty in his convictions, which in general is completely at odds with what a fraudster needs. The most interesting thing is that the director seems to have made the black character the only one in the film to show that he is the only culprit in the film. And in order to make a film with a happy ending, Levi was forced to turn Knock's behavior into something that people approve of …