Summer 1910. Several tourists have vanished while relaxing on the beautiful beaches of the Channel Coast. Infamous inspectors Machin and Malfoy soon gather that the epicenter of these ... See full summary »
Bruno Dumont follows up the controversial Twentynine Palms with this tale of a group of young soldiers who go off to war and experience some life-changing events. Flandres won the Grand Prix Prize at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.
Winter, 1915. Confined by her family to an asylum in the South of France - where she will never sculpt again - the chronicle of Camille Claudel's reclusive life, as she waits for a visit from her brother, Paul Claudel.
When an 11-year-old girl is brutally raped and murdered in a quiet French village, a police detective who has forgotten how to feel emotions--because of the death of his own family in some kind of accident--investigates the crime, which turns out to ask more questions than it answers.
The aspirant nun Céline vel Hadewijch is invited to leave the convent where she studies and she returns to the house of her mother in Paris. Céline meets her outcast Muslim teenage friend ... See full summary »
A social movie about current life in the north of France. Freddy and his friends are all unemployed. They pass away time by wandering around on their motorcycles and by directing their ... See full summary »
France, 1425. In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young Jeannette, at the still tender age of 8, looks after her sheep in the small village of Domremy. One day, she tells her friend... See full summary »
Lise Leplat Prudhomme,
David, an independent photographer, and Katia, an unemployed woman, leave Los Angeles, en route to the southern California desert, where they search a natural set to use as a backdrop for a... See full summary »
"On n'est pas la pour philosopher Carpentier"..."Il faut ȇtre serieux"
As usual Mr. Dumont delivers an enchanting intimate portrait of French Flanders. Just as brutal as his other films, but sprinkled with the observations of the lighter side of humanity. Intensely rich in character and human fallibility, the humour to be found in life is portrayed expertly. In fact it feels so real that it is as if the comedy emerges accidentally, and from the actors not the script.
As in "l'Humanité" the colourful detective negotiates his way through the haze of evil that hangs over the Côte Opale. And, as always, that is combined with a strong Christian spiritual presence, and the perceived monotony of human life.
Exceptional casting with non professional locals always gives his work a closer, more realistic hard edge but this time (probably due to its colourful humour) has made it far more palatable and less painful. Although some would believe this to be too ridiculous to be taken as a realistic portrait, Flanders and Wallonie do in fact have an abundance of individuals who are similar in their unflinching eccentricities and colour (indeed many are forces of law and order.) Absent are the brutal anti-sensual sex scenes, and instead a gentler, calmer love exists between certain characters.
Comparisons with Bresson and Charlie Chaplin may be perhaps inevitable for some, but he has achieved the same as with all his masterpieces up to this point, albeit with a lighter eye on his world. I think he is one of the few consistently magical contemporary European directors.
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