Li’l Quinquin is back! He is now a surly teenager called Coincoin and is drawn towards a rightwing nationalist group. Eccentric inspector Van Der Weyden is faced by an even more bizarre mystery that revolves around extra-terrestrial magma falling from the sky. The Extra-Human invasion has begun!
La nostra opinione
Director Bruno Dumont has always married the austere with the provocative, but only recently has this been unexpectedly joined by comedy! Dumont returns to the setting of his comic mystery Li’l Quinquin for a wry, Invasion of the Body Snatchers-inspired tale set in the wilds of Northern France.
Dumont hasn’t been a comedy director for very long but it now seems impossible to imagine a world without his endearingly ridiculous sense of humor and his genuine love for his affably weird protagonists. Dumont’s comedies are a gift we were never promised and now they’re something we should never have to live without.
CoinCoin progresses sluggishly compared to P’tit Quinquin’s breakneck pace. But Dumont weaponizes repetition and emotional listlessness to hilariously mirror what it feels like to be helpless in a world slowly going to hell in a hand basket.
What makes it so entrancingly odd isn’t the non-sequitur humor or cartoonish characterizations, but rather the fact that Dumont presents them in the same rigorous, Bressonian aesthetic he’s advanced since his debut feature, The Life of Jesus (1997).