Cannes 2019: Jean Dujardin is dressed to kill in Quentin Dupieux's newest surreal comedy, Deerskin
Dupieux’s movies typically really feel like they happen in some unexplored realm, hidden between the goofiest Monty Python sketches and The Twilight Zone — a world the place tires go on homicidal rampages and human-dog telepathists thrive. Deerskin, the most recent entry within the Dupieuxverse, is an oddly engrossing, off-kilter comedy a few man who develops an all-too-unhealthy fetish for his fringed suede jacket.
Jean Dujardin performs Georges, a person with no clear backstory. But we do know he not too long ago separated from his spouse and could also be affected by a midlife disaster because of this. He pays near 8000 euros for a classic deer jacket and will get an old school digicam as a deal sweetener. He holes up in an area lodge by giving his wedding ceremony ring as collateral after his spouse blocks his checking account. Alone in his lodge room, his obsession over his jacket signifies the progressively crumbling state of his thoughts. He spends the odd evenings on the bar, the place he meets a seemingly gullible bartender Denise (Adèle Haenel), a wannabe movie editor who re-edits present movies for a pastime. She as soon as edited the storyline of Pulp Fiction in chronological order and confesses it was a catastrophe.
Soon, Georges’ loneliness and obsession spiral into schizophrenia as he begins to have interaction in coversations together with his jacket. No, it hasn’t develop into sentient, just like the tire in Rubber. There aren’t any ventriloquism methods right here as Dupieux reveals DuJardin clearly shifting his lips when he is talking because the jacket. The jacket needs to be the one one among its variety on the planet and convinces him to commit a genocide of all its kin. But because the jacket house owners refuse to let go of their outer clothes, Georges is pressured to take homidical measures.
Deerskin features as a personality research of a person’s downward spiral into madness, fuelled by loneliness. But there’s a further dimension to it as all the time: an absurdist riff on Hollywood’s poisonous narratives of masculinity and machismo. Dujardin’s efficiency is at occasions refined, at occasions showy however by no means lower than exceptional. Haenel too shows her vary as she begins to put on the pants of their relationship later within the movie.
Filled with post-modern reflections, Dupieux’s movies have all the time had a wierd inside logic and a language of their very own. From Rubber to Deerskin, his movies really feel like ridiculous style experiments – and the pranks of a grasp surrealist. He satirises the myths and meta-narratives upon which many in style tales are constructed.
Deerskin‘s absurd premise, nonetheless, would have been higher served if Dupieux had seemed to not simply subvert conventional movie tropes however revealed one thing extra substantial with it — one thing Tarantino has mastered over his profession. While Dupieux and Deerskin are each destined for cult greatness, the jury’s nonetheless out on whether or not they can win the hearts of mainstream audiences.
Deerskin had its world premiere within the Director’s Fortnight part on the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Click here to observe our protection of the competition straight from the Croisette.
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