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Hors Satan (Outside Satan) Reviews

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February 6, 2014
disorientating,hypnotic,beautifully slow,mysterious and scary. Brilliant on a capful of Benylin.
August 25, 2013
It is a film of minimal technique and the landscape, at least in the first 60 or so minutes of the film, becomes a dominant character that almost dwarfs the human drama that is played out across it. It is a film of intentional moral ambiguity.

It has been noted in other reviews of this film that it could be read as an exploration of the duality of Good and Evil and their mutual dependance on one another. Those reviews also correctly point out that this film alludes to common Christian motifs, albeit one maybe informed by an extremely austere Catholicism possibly held by its characters. However, all have to seem to failed to recognize the other allegories to old held beliefs about witchcraft that, in part, derived from abandoned pre-Christian religions. Those religions had a pantheon of divinities that operated with more human motivations and lusts, but, more importantly, where sometimes more intimately communicant with nature and the environments their believers lived within. So, again, with the dominant role the landscape commands throughout the film, it does make one wonder if it was a possible aim as well.
July 20, 2013
Pile of French rubbish
May 15, 2013
A stark, meditative and ambiguous study of evil, good old Monsieur Dumont.
Super Reviewer
January 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.
January 15, 2013
now they make movies about this scumbag
½ January 6, 2013
Beautiful and thoughtful.
½ January 5, 2013
Little explanation is offered for some very peculiar happenings. No intelligible answers can be found in this, only some very interesting and rarely asked questions.
December 18, 2012
This movie has nothing to do with Mumia Abu-Jamal, I suggest RT remove the MOVIE INFO summary they posted and replace it with something closer to the mark.
May 4, 2012
Ceci n'est pas un film, c'est du cinťma.
½ April 1, 2012
In Outside Satan, Bruno Dumont uses his ultra-naturalistic style to explore a story with supernatural elements. It's a tepidly paced film revolving around a loner character who lives in the marsh in the countryside of France. The film dives deep into the examination of good vs. evil and the space in-between which can become muddled and uncertain. Of all of Dumont's films this one has the least amount of reliance on dialogue, opting to submerge the viewer in this mundane and hopeless, yet beautiful countryside. There is no real "story" in this film, but rather a fascinating exploration of themes Loaded with religious allegories, the film seems to ask the question: If our saviour was to come back to earth, would we even know it? and would be we able to differentiate this saviour from the devil? Is there really any major difference? It's a film that will definitely require some time to sink in....
April 1, 2012
Tenia a√Īos que no ve√≠a una pel√≠cula francesa tan aburrida, lenta, il√≥gica, larga (casi 2 horas) mal actuada y con el casting mas feo y amorfo que pudieron conseguir, la protagonista es marimacho, sin emoci√≥n, vestida de rockera en un pueblo alejado del mundo, el hombre feo, sucio, asesino y jamas fue inculpado, la √ļnica mujer que se desnuda en la pel√≠cula tiene los pelos de la axila mas largos que vi en mi vida, no estudian, no trabajan caminan por el campo sin hacer nada, el hombre asesino y jamas fue inculpado. Ella muere y no dicen la raz√≥n de su asesinato, revive solo con la tierra, la verdad creo que o perd√≠ la capacidad de an√°lisis para una pel√≠cula o el que la escribi√≥ estaba drogado definitivamente, que embarque
March 10, 2012
Dumont exalte ses conviction naturalistes avec cette histoire de foi pa√Įenne qui puise ses sources dans les elements rustiques. Si c'est superbement tourn√ (C) dans son aspect paysagiste, le scenario louche du cote de l'indigence quand l'amateurisme de l'interpretation peine a convaincre. Malheusement trop souvent involontairement drole quand l'idee a l'ecran est d'impressionner presomptueusement le spectateur par une gravite a toute epreuve. Reste une poesie reelle au detour d'un plan. un peu leger...
½ January 16, 2012
Jolie, long, intriguant mais pas transcendant
December 11, 2011
Buena película, está muy rara aunque tiene una parte sumamente lenta.
December 10, 2011
Una pelicula densa, que habla sobre la delgada linea entre la maldad y el bien, si le das tiempo y paciencia te recompensara mas de lo que te imaginas.
December 1, 2011
Ceci n'est pas un film, c'est du cinťma.
½ October 26, 2011
Bresson+Pialat n'est pas egal a Dumont. Deux pans de ruine au milieu des dunes, un feu, un vagabond exorciste qui met dehors le Mal. Toujours chez Dumont, la magnificence des cadres. Il ne se dit pas chretien mais alors les references a l'Angelus de Millet, au vol du St Esprit, a la resurrection de la jeune fille (agneau innocent)? J'ai decroche malgre le vent, les paysages et de bien belles sequences.
September 12, 2011
Avant-garde movie exploring how good and evil become intertwined if good tries to fight back. The pace is extremely slow and script mostly uneventful, so that viewer could focus on the truly meaningful scenes. Northern France landscapes help to hold viewer's attention.
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