Near Death Experience by Gustave Kervern and Benoît Delépine (2014, 87 min.). This black comedy becomes a one-man vehicle for controversial writer Michel Houellebecq in the title role. Burnt-out call center employee Paul puts on his cycling gear, gets on his bike, and pedals to the mountains determined to live his remaining days alone. “The directors and Houellebecq have possibly made cinema history’s first existentialist doodle—and certainly cinema’s first existentialist doodle to feature racing bikes as well as arias and songs by Black Sabbath on the soundtrack,” The Hollywood Reporter. In French with English subtitles.