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The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq

So ... Michael Houellebecq, one of the most widely read living French writers, was kidnapped in September 2011. Or was he? After a flurry of media reports, the famously reclusive Houellebecq refused to speak about his sudden and unexpected disappearance. Did it really happen, or did the author fake the crime? Houellebecq finally sets the record straight (not really) by starring as himself in this comic thriller purporting to tell the true story of the kidnapping. The result is an absurdist, deadpan farce that makes a mockery of reality and finds a perfect misanthropic hero in the self-effacing Mr. Houellebecq. 96 minutes Unrated.