The Suicide Shop (film)

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The Suicide Shop
Le Magasin des Suicides.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Patrice Leconte
Produced by Gilles Podesta
Thomas Langmann
André Rouleau
Written by Patrice Leconte
Based on The Suicide Shop
by Jean Teulé
Music by Etienne Perruchon
Edited by Rodolphe Ploquin
Distributed by ARP Sélection (France)
Release date
  • 24 May 2012 (2012-05-24) (Cannes)
  • 26 September 2012 (2012-09-26) (France & Belgium)
Running time
79 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget €9.9 million[1]
Box office $2.5 million[2]

The Suicide Shop (French: Le Magasin des suicides) is a 2012 French animated film written and directed by Patrice Leconte and is based on Jean Teule's novel of the same name.

It was released on 16 May 2012 in France.[3] As with the source material, it centres on an undepressed child born into a proprietorial family that runs a shop that sells suicide adjuncts in a dilapidated, near future city.


In a gloomy French city with a high suicide rate is a shop where you can find everything necessary to easily commit suicide in whatever manner you wish. This shop has been run by the Tuvache family for multiple generations and business is great until Lucrèce Tuvache gives birth to her third child, Alan. Even as a baby, he can't help but smile and his happiness infects the customers. This is in stark comparison to his depressed elder siblings who idealize death and often beg to be allowed to be kill themselves too. His father falls into a deep depression and takes to his bed. Alan and his classmates starts stopping some of his parent's customers from committing suicide. Alan asks his friend's uncle to build a car with a music centre so loud and powerful that it shakes all the supplies in the shop off the shelves and onto the floor where they are ruined and broken. Alan gets scolded by his mother, however a young customer who was there to buy his suicide supplies has met and fallen in love with Alan's sister Marilyn and propose to her then and there. Marilyn agrees to marry him and is happy at last. While they eat crèpes the new fiancee made them, Mishima comes out of the bedroom, attracted by the smell of crèpes. Angrily he demands explanations for the happiness of the family amid the wreckage of their shop and, when Alan admits being guilty, he chases after him with a sword in hand. On a roof of a skyscraper, Alan fakes suicide, throwing himself off the building. The family despairs and cry but Alan, with help from his schoolfriends, survives the jump, making his father laugh for the first time. The suicide shop becomes a crèpes shop.

French Voices[edit]

  • Bernard Alane as Mishima Tuvache, the father
  • Isabelle Spade as Lucrèce Tuvache, the mother
  • Kacey Mottet Klein as Alan Tuvache, the son
  • Isabelle Giam as Marilyn, the daughter
  • Laurent Gendron as Vincent, the son
  • Pierre-François Martin-Laval as the handsome boy
  • Eric Métayer as psychiatrist / the tramp
  • Jacques Mathou as Mr Calmel / Mr Dead-For-Two
  • Urbain Cancelier as the doctor / Neurasthenia
  • Pascal Parmentier as Uncle Dom / the gymnastics instructor
  • Edouard Prettet as the melancholia
  • Jean-Paul Comart as the guard / the bridges suicidal
  • Nathalie Perrot as the little woman n°1
  • Annick Alane as the old little woman / the little woman n°2
  • Juliette Poissonnier as Ms Dead-For-Two / the woman
  • Philippe du Janerand as the fever man/ the spouse


Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 71%, based on 7 reviews, with an average score of 6.5/10.[4]


Award / Film Festival Category Recipients and nominees Result
European Film Awards Young Audience Award Nominated


  1. ^ "Le Magasin des suicides". JP's Box-Office.
  2. ^ "Le magasin des suicides (The Suicide Shop)". Box Office Mojo.
  3. ^ "Prochaines SORTIES CINÉMA en France". (in French). 2012-02-01. Retrieved 2012-02-01.
  4. ^ "Le magasin des suicides (The Suicide Shop)". Rotten Tomatoes.

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