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720 Ratings

Outside Satan

Hors Satan

Directed by Bruno Dumont
France, 2011
Drama, Crime


A drifter living in the woods outside a small French coastal town strikes up a unique relationship with a strange young woman. When killings ensue, the local police begin an investigation, but the couple remain apart from everything through a mix of religion, spirituality and complete detachment.

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Outside Satan Directed by Bruno Dumont
In an unknown rural town along the coast, Guy (David Dewaele) kills Girl’s (Alexandra Lematre) stepfather who frequently abused her. Guy goes on to perform both good and bad deeds, including a miracle that concludes the film. With BEYOND SATAN, writer/director Bruno Dumont wants the audience to actively participate within the film. Dumont creates the character of Guy for the viewer to interpret only through his actions…
August 02, 2013
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[Outside Satan] evokes the Old Testament in its opaque simplicity, and Bruno Dumont’s commanding, atheistic style—rooted in purposely empty wide-screen vistas and the inexpressive faces of his nonactors—doesn’t offer many clues as to its meaning. As with L’Humanité (1999), Dumont wants to give epic form to the longing for spirituality in a despiritualized world. I find the movie mind-blowing, though it will likely alienate as many viewers as it impresses.
August 02, 2013
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[Dumont’s follow-up to Hadewijch], Hors Satan (“Outside Satan”), marks a clear step backward into more programmatic dichotomies and tonal derailments. A fertile, sparsely populated low-country is the backdrop for an elliptically developed story that pivots on a dime into starkly symbolic aggression and random acts of transcendence.
January 18, 2013
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