Hors Satan (Outside Satan) Reviews

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August 6, 2019
The implications linger long after the film is over, and while it occasionally seems to be doing more meandering than exploring, Dumont provides us with much to contemplate, a hallmark of any great film.
June 21, 2019
Dumont's oblique style will frustrate many (which it certainly did when it premiered at Cannes), but if you embrace the mystery it makes for one of 2013's most fascinating films.
February 7, 2019
This leisurely piece of acutely philosophical, existential cinema is reminiscent of the works of Tarkovsky, Bergman and Bresson, with Dumont yet again proving himself to be one of the great contemporary auteurs.
November 3, 2018
A tour de force of concentric filmmaking that functions as a searing document on the dichotomy of beauty and savagery at the heart of a bleak French coastal community.
May 14, 2018
A slow-moving yet compelling film.
February 21, 2018
"Hors Satan" is a film about finding moral bearings in a world where the old rules have gone awry, but it's also an opportunity for some vicarious tourism in seductive scenery.
July 26, 2015
A haunting meditation on a controversial way of dealing with religious matters by a healer posing as a holy man, who blurs the line between right and wrong.
April 8, 2014
Dumont's final feature with the late Dewaele is as hypnotic as their collaboration in "Hadewijch," another lucid hallucination splendid with sex, demons and landscapes that could have been painted centuries ago.
August 2, 2013
I find the movie mind-blowing, though it will likely alienate as many viewers as it impresses.
January 30, 2013
God works in strange ways, especially when Bruno Dumont directs him. Or is that the devil?
January 30, 2013
The ambiguity of the episodic story with its sparse dialog, combined with the visually stunning landscape photography, makes "Hors Satan" a compelling, if overly long, composition.
January 24, 2013
"Hors Satan" could be grouped with Carlos Reygadas' "Silent Light" (itself based on Dreyer's "Ordet") and the films of Robert Bresson, but his minimalism makes his meaning more elusive, inviting less emotion than those filmmakers.
January 18, 2013
It's difficult to feel transported by the impossible when the film's world is already so clearly governed by the arbitrary.
January 18, 2013
Controversial yet meditative French drama makes inscrutability its raison d'etre.
January 18, 2013
Inarticulate characters, long blank stares, forced camera angles and allegorical nonsense make up this pretentious study in quasi-religious ennui.
January 18, 2013
Maddening, pretentious, hypnotic and transcendent in roughly equal measure.
January 17, 2013
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.
Top Critic
January 17, 2013
Hors Satan is stark, strange and uncompromisingly personal. It's also vivid and unforgettable.
January 17, 2013
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.
January 16, 2013
Dumont's rigorous, serious attention to the mysteries of good, evil, and faith rewards those willing to be confounded.
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