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Hors Satan (Outside Satan) Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ray Pride
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.
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
August 2, 2013
I find the movie mind-blowing, though it will likely alienate as many viewers as it impresses.
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
January 30, 2013
God works in strange ways, especially when Bruno Dumont directs him. Or is that the devil?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
January 18, 2013
Controversial yet meditative French drama makes inscrutability its raison d'etre.
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Rob Nelson
January 18, 2013
Maddening, pretentious, hypnotic and transcendent in roughly equal measure.
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January 17, 2013
Hors Satan is stark, strange and uncompromisingly personal. It's also vivid and unforgettable.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 16, 2013
Dumont's rigorous, serious attention to the mysteries of good, evil, and faith rewards those willing to be confounded.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jonathan Kiefer
Village Voice
January 15, 2013
Ultimately less an arty provocation than a secular invocation, Outside Satan seems almost helplessly exploratory, an honest account of groping for grace.
Rich Cline
January 15, 2013
Provocative French filmmaker Dumont pushes boundaries even further with an astonishing approach to the Christian narrative (the title translates as Outside Satan), mixing the sacred and profane to shake up audiences and get us thinking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
John Semley
Slant Magazine
January 14, 2013
Bruno Dumont's employment of his bucolic French backdrop here attends to Hors Satan's muddying spiritual ambiguity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
January 14, 2013
| Original Score: B
Philip French
Observer (UK)
January 5, 2013
[Dumont's] sixth film and perhaps his most compelling ...

London Evening Standard
January 4, 2013
The film develops a powerful hold on the watcher as it progresses. But beware, it takes you on the weirdest of metaphysical journeys.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
January 3, 2013
To paraphrase Shakespeare, madness in gifted ones, or eccentricity at once errant and forthright, must not unwatched go.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
January 3, 2013
Bruno Dumont's film-making is just so fluent, unnerving, gripping; he is entirely unique.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
January 3, 2013
Dumont's picture, as frustrating as it is profound, elicits the unease which passeth all understanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
January 3, 2013
Intriguingly directed and strikingly shot, this is a typically provocative drama from Bruno Dumont with superb performances from David Dewaele and Alexandra Lematre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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