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.
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?!
Using Bach is a device that has been employed by many filmmakers to elevate the quality of their picture. Initially Dumont plays brilliantly with this: juxtaposing the music with the sound of grunting pigs. The second time Bach is heard however it serves to mask what I found a slightly frustrating ending to this wonderful series. Still, there is genius even in this last scene and inspired moments throughout.
I really enjoyed this. Who knew Northern France could be so weird? The eyes! The cows! The kids! The driving! Lots of great moments, very funny at times, lots of dark strangeness but light touches too. Great acting too, inclusive of people with disabilities and non-professionals.
I honestly don't ask for the ending served on a plate, but I feel like there are certain types of film that require some kind of closure in order to be rewarding, and definitely this is the case in my opinion. Unfortunately when the credits rolled I felt like it was for the most part a showcase of weird people making strange grimaces. It had some good moments (part 3), overall however rather disappointing.
I have seen this 4 part series all the way through now and i think its great. It really hangs on the performance of a few key characters though. Li'l QuinQuin is great and Captain Van der Weyden is first class! Probably not for everyone, but worth a watch. Episodes 1 and 4 are the best.