"Bye Bye Monkey"
Directed by Marco Ferreri
Marco Ferreri's first
English-language film is set in Manhattan and sardonically addresses the changes in
society's sexual roles, the downfall of the nuclear family and the breakdown of
contemporary urban life. Gerard Depardieu stars as a lighting technician who is abused by
the members of the feminist theatrical group he works for. When he finds a baby chimpanzee
inside the remains of a mammoth gorilla prop (presumably left over from Dino De Laurentis'
1976 remake of King Kong), the dissatisfied laborer decides to treat it as his
daughter. The monkey sets off very different feelings for a lonely, elderly man (Marcello
Mastroianni) and a wax museum owner (James Coco). Winner of the Grand Jury
Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. 94 minutes.