In the gutter, looking at something or other, but definitely not the stars.
| Original Score: 1/5
The dour message it delivers doesn't so much suggest that war is hell, but that existence certainly is.
| Original Score: 3/5
Dumont (L'humanité, Twentynine Palms) mounts the brutish combat sequences with undeniable small-scale skill, though his constant see-sawing between images of sex and death verges on the masturbatory.
Like Dumont's best work, it echoes uneasily in the mind.
Dumont is one of those rare directors who knows what it means to shoot the unspeakable truth. God knows, but we should be grateful. But God should also know about the shame.
| Original Score: 4/5
A troubling war film that combines extraordinary, minimalist battle scenes with emotional meltdown at home. Grim, but compelling.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
mont doesn't hate his characters; he just thinks they're stupid: no one thinks, no one learns, everyone acts. It's the most Godless film you'll see all year.
| Original Score: 4/6
Harrowing and complex, this study in terror is not for the faint of heart.
...while it is a difficult film to relate to, one cannot dismiss its director's visual acuity and ability to provoke the mind.
| Original Score: C+
Don't fight this movie. Just release and get onto its wavelength.
| Original Score: 3/4
An unpleasant exercise about the pointless, dehumanization of war, as well as the pointlessness of sex and perhaps even the pointlessness of existence itself.
| Original Score: 1/4
This deeply felt vision of the human condition has more resonance than yet another movie concluding that war is hell.
Flanders is an affecting slice of French miserabilism.
The film arrives at a familiar conclusion -- that war is hell -- but the getting there is made uniquely unsettling by Dumont's relentlessly anti-psychological disposition.
Once you've connected to its off-beat vibe, the result is a memorable and highly original experience.
From the evidence of Flanders, Mr. Dumont's career demands further study on my part should the opportunity arise.
It's as though [director] Dumont decided to distill all that's good about his work into one potent and satisfying feature, and the result ranks among his best efforts to date.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Bruno Dumont. You either love the French filmmaker's abstract and minimalist approach, or you hate it. Count me among the former.
You come out of it gob-smacked, and moved in ways which film rarely does these days.