A man's obsession with his designer deerskin jacket causes him to blow his life savings and turn to crime.

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Quentin Dupieux

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Quentin Dupieux
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Jean Dujardin ... Georges
Adèle Haenel ... Denise
Albert Delpy ... Monsieur B.
Coralie Russier ... La voisine
Laurent Nicolas Laurent Nicolas ... Réceptionniste
Marie Bunel ... Salope du bar
Pierre Gommé Pierre Gommé ... L'enfant
Caroline Piette ... Banquière
Stéphane Jobert Stéphane Jobert ... Tôlier
Géraldine Schitter Géraldine Schitter ... Vendeuse de chaussures
Panayotis Pascot Panayotis Pascot ... Johnny
Youssef Hajdi ... Olaf
Simon Thomas Simon Thomas ... Xavier
Tom Hudson ... Yann
Maryne Cayon Maryne Cayon ... Zita
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Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin (THE ARTIST) is a recent divorcee in the midst of a mid-life identity crisis. In search of a new life and look, he ditches his past in a roadside petrol station and encounters a vintage, fringed deerskin jacket with influential supernatural powers. He relocates to a quiet French alpine village where he is mistaken for an independent filmmaker by an adventurous, enterprising bartender in a sleepy saloon (Adèle Haenel, PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE) who happens to be an aspiring editor with natural production instincts. The two forge a tenuous allegiance and team up to collaborate on a film inspired by the visionary deerskin jacket. Written by Mae Moreno

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Killer. Style.

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Comedy | Horror

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Selected for Directors Fortnight Cannes Film Festival 2019 (open film) See more »

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Quentin Dupieux thanks all the fallow deer of the world. See more »

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References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

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Tribes of vibes
(Lars Luis Linek (as Lars-Luis Linek))
(p) & (c) EMI PRODUCTION MUSIC GMBH
With the kind permission of MYMA (Montmorency Music Agency)
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Wonderfully Dark and Thought-Provoking
4 December 2020 | by TwistedContentSee all my reviews

My second favorite Quentin, the unreasonably unknown one, has orchestrated yet another pleasantly weird movie, one that's completely self-aware and happy in its highly amusing absurdism. It's almost like an unprecedented hybrid "The Twilight Zone episode", with good amount of pitch-black comedy. Absurdist films often fight for meaning with great struggle, but "Deerskin" definitely has something to say as well.

It has come to Georges' (Jean Dujardin) attention that there is a smooth, awesome, tempting suede deerskin jacket out there waiting for its new owner, so he empties his & his wife's bank account and goes on a trip to success. He immediately falls madly in love with the jacket, and as a bonus, the seller also offers him a camcorder, which will come in very, very handy. Obsession doesn't end here, as Georges sets out to acquire a full set of everything-deerskin, and also meets an editor and cinema enthusiast Denise.

On the background of it being as bizarre and (substantially) dark as it is, "Deerskin" rolls on with admirable confidence, the rather short time goes by fast and overall I'd call it a neat film. For a horror movie, and let's not argue if it is or isn't one , "Deerskin" has a very clean, light, pastel-colored cinematography, no intrusive editing decisions, simple and clean, plus a full, wide aspect ratio. Additionally, the entirety of it is filmed in the charms of rural France. Within these aesthetics, we follow our main character brought on exquisitely by the well-known, Oscar-winning veteran actor Jean Dujardin. Dujardin plays a character who has some of the problems Jack did "The House that Jack Built", a sociopath willing to scheme to get exactly what he wants, and go well overboard on absurd levels to appease his own and his jacket's wishes. Yes, both. In fact, "Deerskin" reminds of Lars Von Trier in more than couple ways.

With the camcorder in his hands, Georges quickly aspires to do some filmmaking, and enlists Denise, an editor, to help him with his art project - I'll avoid spoilers I deem necessary to avoid. Between the two characters/actors, a quite interesting chemistry establishes quickly, and is important for the rest of the movie. The lesson or commentary that "Deerskin" embodies is not laid out or defined for us, but, in my opinion, it satisfyingly ends entirely finished right when needed, and it is now up to You to find it out!

A hard to categorize film, a small surrealists/absurdist achievement, a darkly fun movie, an intriguing cinematic exercise, that's "Deerskin", from the ever amazingly odd mind of Quentin Dupieux, who really, truly should be more recognized. My rating: 7/10.


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France

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French

Release Date:

1 May 2020 (USA) See more »

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EUR4,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,652,843
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