Monsieur Mayonnaise

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Genre: Documentary

DVD: Available Now

Format: DVD

Rating: M – Mature themes and coarse language

Run Time: 95minutes

Languages: English

Director: Dr Trevor Graham

 

Monsieur Mayonnaise

The DVD Monsieur Mayonnaise is an epic true story adventure starring artists, werewolves, heroes, Nazis, a comic book & baguettes ….with lashings of French mayonnaise!
Monsieur Mayonnaise is an artist’s epic adventure into his family’s secret past. Australian artist and film-maker, Philippe Mora, investigates his father’s clandestine role in the French Résistance in WW2 and his mother’s miraculous escape enroute to Auschwitz. Philippe, a Hollywood cult-horror movie director and pop-artist, adopts a Film Noir persona to tell his family’s story. He also packs his paints and easel, as he embarks on a journey to create an audacious comic book about his parents, their survival and the Holocaust. From LA to Berlin, Paris to Melbourne, Monsieur Mayonnaise is a richly layered, road movie starring artists, real life heroes, Nazi villains … and baguettes with lashings of tasty French mayonnaise!

The Moras are well known in Melbourne for their work in contemporary art and bohemian eateries. Less known however, is their story before moving to Australia in 1951…

As artist and filmmaker, Philippe Mora, works to produce a graphic novel about his late father, Georges Mora, an intriguing story unfolds. Georges was not in fact French, but rather had escaped to France in 1933 and worked with the French Resistance to save thousands of Jewish lives. Their secret ingredient? A simple trick using mayonnaise and baguettes.

The documentary film provides a lively, tasty and colourful look into a dramatic tale of survival during the Holocaust. With interviews, art and clips from some of Philippe’s previous works, the film moves at a lively and involving pace.

Monsieur Mayonnaise is an artist’s epic adventure into his family’s secret past.

Australian artist and film-maker, Philippe Mora, investigates his father’s clandestine role in the French Résistance in WW2 and his mother’s miraculous escape enroute to Auschwitz.

Philippe, a Hollywood cult-horror movie director and artist, adopts a Film Noir persona to tell his dramatic family story. He also packs his paints and easel, embarking on a journey to create an audacious comic book about his parents, their survival and the Holocaust.

Philippe’s mother is Parisian born, Melbourne artist Mirka Mora. His late father Georges was a restaurateur, gallery owner and modern art pioneer. After the war, they settled in Australia and Philippe grew up in the epicentre of the 1950s Melbourne café-arts scene. His parents spoke French and loved mayonnaise. His father also hated all-things German, but was enigmatic and mysterious about why and much more…

As an adult Philippe discovered that his father was born in Leipzig, Germany, worked for the French Resistance and was code-named ‘Monsieur Mayonnaise’. But he only uncovered part of the story.

Now the clock is ticking and Philippe wants to find out all he can about his father’s wartime missions and intriguing alias, so he sets off from his home in West Hollywood to track down those who knew his father…before it’s too late.

Philippe soon discovers ‘truth is stranger than fiction’ as he uncovers the real story behind his father’s mysterious code-name ‘Monsieur Mayonnaise’, his work with legendary mime artist Marcel Marceau and their connection with nuns, Nazi border guards, baguettes and French mayonnaise …It’s the stuff of wild fiction, or comic books! And in so doing he learns much more about the father he loved so much, and misses terribly ….even today.

From LA to Berlin, Paris to Melbourne, Monsieur Mayonnaise is a richly layered, road movie starring madcap artists, comic stories, real life heroes, Nazi villains … and baguettes with lashings of tasty French mayonnaise!

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Monsieur Mayonnaise

An epic true story adventure starring artists, werewolves, heroes, Nazis, a comic book & baguettes ….with lashings of French mayonnaise!
Monsieur Mayonnaise is an artist’s epic adventure into his family’s secret past. Australian artist and film-maker, Philippe Mora, investigates his father’s clandestine role in the French Résistance in WW2 and his mother’s miraculous escape enroute to Auschwitz. Philippe, a Hollywood cult-horror movie director and pop-artist, adopts a Film Noir persona to tell his family’s story. He also packs his paints and easel, as he embarks on a journey to create an audacious comic book about his parents, their survival and the Holocaust. From LA to Berlin, Paris to Melbourne, Monsieur Mayonnaise is a richly layered, road movie starring artists, real life heroes, Nazi villains … and baguettes with lashings of tasty French mayonnaise!

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Published Reviews

8.4/10 Stars IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5940256/

Audience Award – Jewish Int’l Film Festival (Australia)

Official Selection
Berlin Int’l Film Festival
Melbourne Int’l Film Festival

“Fascinating! An eye-catching, engrossing romp!”
– Variety

The connectivity of memory, legacy and family is defined with a playful yet profound dexterity in Trevor Graham’s soulful, inspiring documentary.
– Screen-Space

A colourful portrait of holocaust heroism.
– The New Zealand Herald

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