HORS SATAN

Directed by Bruno Dumont
US release date: January 18, 2013
Directed by Bruno Dumont
France, 109 minutes, 2011.
With David Dewaele, Alexandra Lematre.

The most recent work from Bruno Dumont, the ever-provocative director of The Life of Jesus, L'humanité, and Twentynine Palms, Hors Satan is perhaps his most minimal, pared-down film, a portrait of a mysterious, ominous figure - known only as Le Gars ("The Guy") - and the troubled teenage girl who has formed an intimate bond with him. Played by the striking David Dewaele, whose earthy appearance and uncannily self-possessed presence counteract the character's highly enigmatic identity, this discomfiting protagonist is revealed to possess strange powers. As the film progresses, he performs a series of acts that veer wildly between the miraculous and the shocking, while Dumont stubbornly withholds the key to his psychology, motivations, or origins. Unfolding at a hypnotically deliberate pace, among the elemental, stunningly photographed landscapes of the northern French coast, Hors Satan is a gorgeous yet disturbing head-scratcher of a film.


Opens in the U.S. Jan 18, 2013.

On DVD and streaming on iTunes August 2013.

This film may not be shown in all US cities, please check your local listings for exact showtimes and places.

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