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Marina Antunes [Film Festival 05.10.11] France movie news drama arthouse

I'll admit it. The only reason I took a first look at this trailer for Bruno Dumont's Outside Satan was because of the title. I can't help myself ok?

It's an interesting trailer, one that doesn’t tell you anything about the plot and looks more like a non-descript two minute clip from the film but digging around the Cannes website, I did find this plot synopsis:

By the Channel, along the Côte d'Opale, near a hamlet with river and marshland, lives a strange guy who struggles along, poaches, prays and builds fires.

A girl from a local farm takes care of him and feeds him. They spend time together in the wide scenery of dunes and woods, mysteriously engaging in private prayer at the edge of the ponds, where the devil is prowling...

It still doesn't make a whole lot of sense but OK, it looks interesting and I like the assurance with which Dumont appears to handle the camera but something about the clip seemed familiar and looking back at Dumont's other films, I found that he's also the man behind 2003's Twentynine Palms, by far one of the worse films I've ever had the misfortune of seeing. It was a traumatizing two hours I couldn't look away from. I was nearly rewarded for my trouble by a pretty impressive closing scene but it simply wasn't enough to rescue the movie.

Knowing that Dumont was the man behind that mess, I'm not sure I want to subject myself to another of his films but I must admit I am a bit curious about what he has to offer this time around.

Outside Satan is screening at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard sidebar.

Clip after the break.

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John (9 years ago) Reply

This looks right up my alley.

Full credits

Executive Producers : Rachid Bouchareb, Jean Bréhat, Muriel Merlin
Assistant Director : Cyril Pavaux
Screenwriter : Bruno Dumont
Director of Photography : Yves Cape
Sound Recordist : Emmanuel Croset
Press Attaché (film) : Alexis Delage-Toriel
Production Designer : Cédric Ettouati
Costume Designer : Marie-Alexandra Charles

Technical details

Feature film
Genres : Fiction
Subgenres : Drama
Production language : French
Production year : 2011
Runtime : 1h 50mn
Current status : Upcoming release
Production formats : 35mm
Screening format : 35mm
Color type : Color
Aspect ratio : CinemaScope
Sound format : Mono

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