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Film Review: ‘Death by Death’

13 January 2016 7:23 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A hirsute sad sack’s inability to escape a monumentally needy mother — or his own paranoid fixations on mortality — are the stuff of idiosyncratic comedy in “Death by Death.” Not so far-flung from the fate-controlled, aggressively quirky cinematic universe of fellow Belgian Jaco Van Dormael, Xavier Seron’s debut narrative feature nonetheless eventually arrives at its own distinctive aesthetic and tonal character. Winner of the Palm Springs Film Festival’s inaugural New Voices/New Visions competition, this black-and-white tale looks to be a marginal theatrical prospect, but should accrue a cult following in home formats.

Our first glimpses of Michel (Jean-Jacques Rausin) are as a babe suckling at his mother’s ample breast, and as a 37-year-old adult trying on a coffin for size — signposts of a character whose present-tense life goes nowhere while he continually obsesses over its origin and demise. A none-too-successful aspiring actor who works at an »

- Dennis Harvey

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