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205 Ratings

The King of Escape

Le roi de l'évasion

Directed by Alain Guiraudie
France, 2009
LGBT+, Comedy, Action


Armand Lacourtade, a 43-year-old farm equipment salesman, can no longer bear his homosexual bachelorhood. When he meets Curly, a plucky teenage girl, he changes orientations.

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The King of Escape Directed by Alain Guiraudie
The film’s brilliant final shift into abstract, low-light images—the physicality of the naked body in stark repose—gestures towards a possible answer; and as in Guiraudie’s later films, it’s not a comforting one. As the closing frame fades to black, romance gives way to the greater Romance of the world, a pure, sublimated desire; but it’s telling that this fullness of expression only happens under the cover of darkness. The King of Escape is the stuff of dreams.
February 12, 2017
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If you’ve only seen Guiraudie’s Stranger by the Lake, this qualifies as an “earlier, funnier” type of film, linked with the director’s general body of work by a lot of sauntering/running through forests… Full of farcical gags, odd character actors and broad high spirits, it’s also a compact, affectingly pessimistic story about our capacity for change.
January 12, 2015
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Photographed in 2.35:1 widescreen, Guiraudie’s evocative compositions create visual distinctions between the world of the law and the world of desire. Oftentimes, hard cuts from the police chase to fervent lovemaking make Guiraudie’s points especially potent… Guiraudie’s amusing film suggests a society without identity categorizations, a fleeting fantasy of an alternative France that lies beyond the forbidding force of power structures.
April 11, 2014
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