HORS SATAN
HORS SATAN

DIRECTOR
Bruno Dumont

SCREENPLAY
Bruno Dumont

CAST
The Guy: David Dewaele
Her: Alexandra Lemâtre
The Gard: Christophe Bon
The Small Girl: JulietteBacquet

GENRE
Drama

DISTRIBUTOR
New Yorker Films

RUNNING TIME 110’
PRODUCTION France, 2011
RATING Not Rated
GAUGE 35mm, DVD

 

“Maddening, pretentious, hypnotic and transcendent in roughly equal measure, Dumont's minimalist study of an oddball poacher and the farm girl who keeps him company contains only a dozen "dramatic" events, but they all register indelibly, such is the director's talent for making the minor appear momentous - and maybe religious.”
Rob Nelson, Variety.

A mysterious poacher—who may be the Devil, an avenging angel, or perhaps Christ himself—is the central figure of Bruno Dumont’s transcendent look at sinners and saints, one of the themes explored in his previous film, Hadewijch (2009). An unnamed man engages in several near-wordless rituals: He knocks on a door, receives a sandwich, prays, then sets out on a long walk with a young woman. Set in the Nord-Pasde- Calais region in northern France, where Dumont grew up, Hors Satan is a film of extraordinary widescreen compositions; it was shot by the director’s frequent collaborator, the cinematographer Yves Cape. Like many of Dumont’s movie, Hors Satan concerns landscape—the dunes, marshes, hills, and valleys of this hamlet near the English Channel—as much as it does spirituality. Possessed with supernatural powers, Dewaele’s character, as we discover, commits mostly acts of beneficence. But he’s also capable of carrying out horrific violence. Deliberately ambiguous, Hors Satan asks us to consider the repercussions of evil committed in the name of good and vice versa.

 

 

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