I think I wasn't in the mood for this kind of movie, unfortunately. I found it did not often hit notes at all, though there were some special moments that affected me. It felt too-muted for me at least in the holiday season. Oh, well! To each their own.
Wow. A bonafide masterpiece. Mysterious as life itself but brutal and unflinching in its depiction of flawed humanity. Funny, bracing and profound, surprising at every turn and always empathetic of its subjects. A real delight that gets even better upon repeat viewing.
Recognition for the performances of Alane Delhaye (Li'l Quinquin) and Bernard Pruvost (Van der Weyden) needs to be given. The mini-series/film would not work without them. Don't expect stunning visuals or much in terms of spectacle. That is not the takeaway. Instead, be prepared to dissect and digest whether the evil here is innate to ourselves or seeping in from a poisoned natural world.