Hors Satan (Outside Satan)


Hors Satan (Outside Satan)

Critics Consensus

Hors Satan grapples with weighty themes in uncompromising fashion, offering a viewing experience that dares to be divisive and delivers.



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Angel or devil, good or evil, Christ or Satan: These are the mystical questions revolving around the nameless figure living in the coastal dunes outside of a small French town. Named one of the top ten films of the year by Cahiers du Cinema and an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival, Hors Satan is a provocative parable of identity, morality, and human relationships, defying notions of genre to become a mesmerizing and haunting original. -- (C) New Yorker Films -- (C) New Yorker Films


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Critic Reviews for Hors Satan (Outside Satan)

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (9)

  • I find the movie mind-blowing, though it will likely alienate as many viewers as it impresses.

    Aug 2, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Inarticulate characters, long blank stares, forced camera angles and allegorical nonsense make up this pretentious study in quasi-religious ennui.

    Jan 18, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Maddening, pretentious, hypnotic and transcendent in roughly equal measure.

    Jan 18, 2013 | Full Review…

    Rob Nelson

    Top Critic
  • Despite its pictorial intensity and the extremity of some of its scenes, the film proceeds in a mood of detachment, turning the suffering physical beings under its scrutiny into abstractions.

    Jan 17, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • Hors Satan is stark, strange and uncompromisingly personal. It's also vivid and unforgettable.

    Jan 17, 2013 | Full Review…

    Mark Jenkins

    Top Critic
  • As its title suggests, Satan grapples with the existence and nature of evil in the world, but it's hard to take such weighty matters seriously when they're explored with all the subtlety and grace of an anti-abortion pamphlet.

    Jan 17, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

    Mike D'Angelo

    AV Club
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Hors Satan (Outside Satan)

  • Jan 23, 2013
    An enigmatic young man (Dewaele), living in the marshes on the outskirts of a small town, appears to have healing powers. He is befriended by a young goth (Lematre), whose abusive father he shoots dead. As the film progresses, some fall victim to his murderous rampage while others are healed of their ills. Last year Dumont left his comfort zone with 'Hadewijch' a Paris set tale of religious fanaticism. It was his most mainstream work yet, following what was basically a straight narrative. His latest sees him return to his usual milieu of unattractive faces set against the grim backdrop of Northern France. It's self-indulgent garbage, consisting mainly of our protagonists walking across wind-swept fields. As is the norm for modern French cinema, it's filled with violence, though not as graphic as the work of most of Dumont's contemporaries. The movie is not only grim to look at, but rough on the ears too, thanks to Dumont's insistence on naturally recorded sound. Bizarrely, 'Hors Satan' shares a silly sight gag (a character pulled back comically by a wire after being shot) with 'Django Unchained'. It seems Tarantino saw this at Cannes last year.
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