Max & Bobo (1999)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Buddy Film  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - Belgium   |  
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Synopsis by Gönül Dönmez-Colin

Max is a Sicilian living in Brussels who makes a living as a hairdresser. His flourishing business goes bankrupt when he gets hairdresser's eczema overnight. He loses his customers and his wife. What is more, he is in trouble with the law. At the police station, he encounters heavyweight Bobo who asks him for all his money. When Max refuses, Bobo gets the impression that he must be tough. In reality, he just wants to be left alone. In his good old days, Max never cared for anyone, so now there is no one he can turn to. Bobo, who spent all his life in foster homes and youth centers, seems to be the only one to care for him. Together they devise a plan to find some quick money. Bobo's idea is to rob a jewelry store. Max & Bobo, which was the audience favorite at the 1998 Mannheim-Heidelberg Film Festival, is impressively edited by the director himself, who can strike a good balance between humorous and dramatic elements. The acting by the two main leads carries the story convincingly. The film was also screened at the 1999 International Film Festival in Rotterdam.