A strange and out-of-place director in Quebec cinema, it takes a lot for Elle veut le chaos to be Denis Côté's strangest film. The influence of Bela Tarr is plain to see, but it also foreshadows the comedic ennui of Stéphane Lafleur. A redneck contemplative western that needs to be seen in 35mm, its is both the director's most confrontational and his most benign.
Richly deserving of its best director award at Locarno in 2008. Denis Cote has become one of Canada's finest directors evidenced well by this picture and the recent "Curling". Cote is a master of mood, pacing and apprehension. Great script that doesn't feel it has to explain things away and credits the viewer with some intelligence. Wonderful b&w cinematography by Josee Deshaies. Well worth seeking out.