One of the greatest achievement by Bruno Dumont. The use of extradiegetic music is wonderful: it doesn't go with images but with the sounds of everyday life... Dumont is Epstein's heir: the eye of the camera reveals what human eyes cannot see through its mechanical powers. The last three shots are revealing of it.
While I don't think this is the worst episode it was probably the most disappointing, I don't mind ambiguity (the somewhat menacing ending and the fog being some of the reasons I didn't rate this lower). I would probably enjoyed it more if I at least knew what the cruelty was in aid of.
The end of the series, but the summer holidays continue for Quinquin and his companions. A fabulous pastiche of crime TV and a beautiful evocation of youth, this series is both laugh out loud comedy and a serious exploration of the nature of evil.
A simple seaside town; a beautiful stark reality with a surface appearance made up of residues of history. An abscence of sophistication makes visible the hollowness of post-modern life and the puzzle presents itself as the search for an inner life to this reality. The only clues being the traces of intimacy.
Splendid. Loved the conceit. Loved the use of 2nd person narration to implicate the audience (wider society etc.) in the crimes. Cinematography is ace (girl, railings, pigs scene my lord) and the non-actors mixed in with methods worked a treat. Quite Roy Anderson in terms of comedic set pieces but looser overall. Don't know if there were intentional flash frames or if my MUBI feed was just glitchy? Prob just glitchy.
I think the whole series is 'a jewel'. The way in which, gradually, many of the world's pains & struggles are weaved into the story keeps you engaged - war, race, religion, disability, crime. I really grew to love each character & the beautiful yet sinister setting. As frustrating as it was, I enjoyed the ending as there are always questions that will remain unanswered - like why was that guy wearing a balaclava?!