Cinema Verite as the Anthropological Experience. Regulated humanism; memorium time capsules of inhabitable analyses. Thankful I am to transcendental historians - like Dumont, Denis, Costa, and Reygadas - for their patient exposures. Cinema as the way of the Historian.
A french village idiot assumes the figure of a reencarnated Christ to forgive the sins of the human race. It's pretentious, it's slow, it's boring, and it's supposed to be mystic (I would say it's just silly). Nevertheless, it's true that "L'Humanité" has its moments, but to watch a retard play Christ for two hours and a half is simply unbearable.
baroque music gone mad and rusty tools lying in grass at the beginning make its statement, humanite is a discouraging character study and a mixtape of all dumont's themes, it's the most tedious of his movies, but at the end you feel that not a second was a waste of time, the chilling twist at the end is much less unexpected than the way dumont orchestrates it
This is a film that gently reveals itself. His direction is masterful, because he uses non-actors and really knows how to get great performances from them. I'd say he's definitely better than Bresson in that aspect. There's so much to this movie that lies beneath the surface that you might not pick up the first time.
Essential cinema. Dumont's second feature was a 3 time award winner at Cannes including the Grand Prix and two acting awards for its non-professional leads Emmanuel Schotte (who to date has never acted again) and Severine Caneele. Scripting was excellent with an understory of a child's murder being supplanted within the lives of a triangle of damaged people. Miserable, sexually frank and disturbing but mesmerizing.
At what point does Pharoan start to "investigate the crime"? I gave up waiting after 30 minutes of tedium. Why is lethargic (boring) story-telling equated with greatness in French cinema (and too often on Mubi)? What does 2 minutes of him cycling followed by an anine conversation with an old man about his bike, followed by him choking on an apple, tell me about the character, the story? Dull!
I wonder why I ended up liking this boring as hell film. Could it be because, like most people, I too need the idea of an impossibly innocent, candid, people loving martyr who pays for our cruelty and indifference, while I remain comfortably detached from all the suffering? If so, at least it's slightly more entertaining than the new testament.