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Reviews 89% Audience Score 100+ Ratings A man seems to have everything a person could want, except love. Read More Read Less

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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Though Etaix shows off his many talents and makes things amusing, the film is too fragmented and the story remains undeveloped. Rated: B Aug 13, 2017 Full Review Sean Axmaker Seattle Weekly Between inspired silent-movie sequences and a wry jab at television are an idyllic love story and a romantic portrait of the artist as a young clown. Mar 24, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

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s r Sentimental, but full of great gags and sound effects. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member An eccentric millionaire (writer/director Pierre Etaix) runs off to join the circus once the stock market crash of 1929 obliterates his fortune. His son (also Etaix) eventually finds celebrity success as YoYo the Clown and he then devotes much of his energy to restoring the decrepit remains of his parent's abandoned mansion. The plot of YoYo takes a firm backseat to the visual gags and physical humor inspired from silent two-reelers; the opening of YoYo uses title cards and sound effects that are shamelessly lifted from the works of Charlie Chaplin. I wouldn't call YoYo a masterpiece, but I was immediately charmed by Etaix' sharp comedic timing and the creative misdirection he places into his sight gags. I'd say it's worth checking out if one is fond of 1920's comedy or the films of Jacques Tati. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the funniest movies ever made. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member Pierre Etaix's funny homage to Keaton, Chaplin and other great screen clowns. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member I didn't think this film was as good as Etaix's debut. In this one, he plays a millionaire who loses everything and joins the circus with a past lover and his son. The narrative then skips forward to the son, and his rise to fame. There is a great gag scene where Pierre must deal with pitches from various weirdos, but ultimately this film is more about identity rather than comedic relief. Its change of tone may not be for all viewers. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Read all reviews

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Synopsis A man seems to have everything a person could want, except love.
Pierre Étaix
Paul Claudon
Jean-Claude Carrière, Pierre Étaix
Production Co
Original Language
French (Canada)
Release Date (DVD)
Apr 23, 2013
1h 32m