Director: Ken Scott
Screenplay: Ken Scott, Martin Petit
Starring: Patrick Huard, Julie LeBreton, Antoine Bertrand
Producers: Valérie d’Auteuil, Jasmyrh Lemoine, André Rouleau, Danny Rossner
Running time: 109 minutes
Despite the name this isn’t a film about coffee or Battlestar Galactica. It’s the story of Daniel and his remarkable progeny.
Daniel Wozniak (Patrick Huard) is a loser 40-something living in Quebec, Canada. He is supposed to deliver meat for his family’s butchery business, but he’s not very good at it. He has a girlfriend, but he’s not very good to her. He can’t even manage the shirts for his football team without losing the delivery van that they’re in.
At the start of the film you get an insight into what the film is about. In his youth Daniel would donate to the local sperm bank, as it turns out on quite a regular basis. Now over 20 years later it seems that his sperm were successful and he has over 500 offspring and 142 of them want to find out who the anonymous sperm donor, known only as Starbuck, is.
The film is the story about Daniel coming to terms with this fact and that he is being taken to court by the 142 20-somethings.
In some ways the story is a little corny and hackneyed as you watch the loser begin to turn his life around. The thing is, it’s so well acted and the script is so tight and funny you can kind of forgive the fact that it is a little predictable.
Patrick Huard’s character goes from being someone you couldn’t care less about to a loveable rogue who you end up rooting for. You even begin to see him as a real father figure to his impressive offspring.
the only possible downside is that I did notice a few plotholes that make the story even more far feteched than it was before, but then you do need to have a rather large amount of suspended belief to even go with the basic premise of the film.
Starbuck is one of the best films that I’ve seen in a long time. It’s well-acted, well written, funny and heartwarming all at the same time. This may sound all a bit too schmaltzy for some, but it’s done with that gallic cynicism that you get from films the other side of the channel, or in this case the other side of the pond. If, like me, you like French films then you will like this.
Review by Henry Tucker
Starbuck is released on DVD in the UK on 25th March by Signature Entertainment.