Location la: Bartos Screening Room
Dir. Bruno Dumont. 2014, 206 mins. Digital projection. With Alane Delhaye, Lucy Caron, Bernard Pruvost, Philippe Jore. Belgian provocateur Bruno Dumont’s Li’l Quinquin is an existential murder mystery procedural, as well as a meditation on the quiet growth of nihilism and xenophobia in France. But perhaps most importantly it is also a tightly wound audiovisual slapstick comedy feast for the senses (named by Cahiers du Cinéma as the Best Film of 2014). Dumont follows no-shenanigans Commandant Van der Weyden (Bernard Pruvost) and his happily vacant sidekick Carpentier (Philippe Jore) as they stalwartly investigate an ever-growing series of bizarre murders in a seaside French village. Meanwhile, a group of local tweens led by Li’l Quinquin (Alane Delhaye) spend their days horsing around unsupervised and channeling some ugly bigotries. With Li’l Quinquin, Dumont revitalizes slapstick comedy by injecting it with a new political potency for an anxious age.
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